Lady Bisons coach Brandon Rosenthal admits he and his players have to do a quick study on what to expect from the Ohio Valley Conference foe.
“We kind of at the mindset we were in at the beginning of the year where we didn’t really know a whole lot about other teams,” said Rosenthal. “We are just going to focus on our side of the court. Hopefully, if we take care of the ball we will be successful.”
The Lady Bisons enter the match with a 13-3 record. Murray State is 3-12, with all three victories on their home court.
The match begins at 7.
“Murray State was one of the favorites to win it all in the OVC,” said Rosenthal. “They are going to be a dangerous team.
“For us it is a matter of going up there and working hard and going about what we always do. Hopefully, that will be enough.”
The Lady Bisons are ranked in the top 10 as a team nationally in NCAA Division I in two categories. They are ranked fifth in kills per set with 14.66. Iowa is first with 15 per set. The Lady Bisons are sixth in assists per set with 13.55. Iowa State is first with 14.2 per set.
Individually, junior setter Stefine “Jake” Pease is ranked eighth in NCAA Division I in assists per set with 11.74. Kaylee Manns from Iowa State is first with 12.29 per set.
Junior middle hitter Alex Kelly, the Atlantic Sun Player of the Week, is 12th nationally in NCAA Division I with 5.18 per set. Yun Yi Zhang from Temple is rated first with 6.09 per set. Kelly is also rated 15th in kills per set with 4.47. Zhang also is first in that category with 5.64 per set.