UNCG (5-0) vs. South Carolina State (1-3), UCF (3-0) and UNC Wilmington (1-2), Sept. 3-4, 4:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Wilmington, N.C., Hanover Hall
- After a sweep of North Carolina Central on Wednesday, UNCG will now set its sights towards the opponents this weekend at the UNCW Courtyard by Marriott Tournament. The Spartans will begin their play at the tournament with a match against South Carolina State on Friday at 4:30 p.m. UNCG will conclude its stay on Saturday with a 1 p.m. match against UCF before playing host UNC Wilmington at 7:30 p.m.
- On Wednesday evening, the Spartans traveled to North Carolina Central where they swept the Eagles, 3-0. Olivia Humphries led the Spartan attack as she recorded a match-high eight kills on the evening, while Billi Baker and Ariel Newman each added seven kills. Caley Redden and Karrian Chambers also contributed six kills each and Kayren Finney added five. Ari Lysacek added a match-high assists and Kellie Orewiler had a match-high 12 digs.
- The Spartans are 2-0 all-time against South Carolina State, 7-4 versus UNC Wilmington and 0-1 when facing UCF. UNCG last played South Carolina State in 2008 at the High Point Tournament, where they swept the Bulldogs, 3-0. The Spartans and Seahawks from UNCW last met in 2007 at the UNCG/High Point Triad Challenge as UNCG came out victorious, 3-1. The only time the Spartans and Knights was last season as UNCG hosted UCF. UNCG won the first two sets, but UCF came back to take the final three sets and win the match.
- On Monday night, UNCG hosted Wingate for an exhibition match. The Spartans swept the Bulldogs, 3-0, behind a 15 kill, 16 dig effort from Caley Redden. Freshman Karrian Chambers also had seven kills for UNCG offensively. Billie Baker had double-digit kills with 12 and setter Ari Lysacek had 25 assists.
- Last weekend, the Spartans kicked off their season by claiming the Spartan Classic title in Norfolk, Va. On Friday, UNCG swept Navy, 3-0, to begin the tournament before defeating Kent State, 3-1. UNCG came back on Saturday and beat host Norfolk State in five sets and then dismantled Providence, 3-1.
- In addition to winning the Spartan Classic, sophomore Olivia Humphries and junior Ariel Newman earned all-tournament honors. Humphries won the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award, as well.
- UNCG returns eight players, including four starters, from the 2009 squad that went 17-14 overall and 9-7 in the Southern Conference. The Spartans finished the season tied for third in the North Division and missed making the postseason by one game.
- Last week, the Spartans were tabbed to finish in fourth place in the North Division by the head coaches in the SoCon. Samford was picked to win the North Division, while reigning SoCon Tournament Champion College of Charleston was chosen to claim the South Division.
- The Spartans welcome seven newcomers to the program this year. Sarah Eldridge comes in as a junior after transferring from a successful two years at Cowley County Community College, while Karrian Chambers, Samantha Deutchman, Lara Keyes, Kellie Orewiler, Karen Stedman and Savannah Tomlinson enter as freshman.
- The Spartans lost three seniors to graduation at the completion of the 2009 season, including former libero Catherine Hanners. Upon the completion of the season, she was named the SoCon Libero of the Year, as well as earning second-team All-SoCon honors.
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