Spartans meet Furman in first round of SoCon Championship
UNCG (21-11, 9-7 SoCon) vs. Furman (17-11, 11-5 SoCon) Nov. 19, 10 a.m., Boone, N.C.
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- UNCG, the No. 2 seed in the North Division, will kick off its stay at the Southern Conference Championship on Friday as the Spartans face Furman, the No. 3 seed in the South Division, at 10 a.m. on Friday in Boone, N.C.
- Last weekend, the Spartans pulled off a sweep to move from fourth to second in the North Division. UNCG began its weekend by sweeping Western Carolina, 3-0, on Friday night before defeating Appalachian State, 3-1, on Senior Day on Saturday. On Friday, Ariel Newman paced UNCG with 10 kills, while Olivia Humphries added nine kills and eight blocks. On Saturday, UNCG had five different players with double-digit kills and three players had double-doubles.
- The Spartans ended the season in a tie for second place in the North Division with Appalachian State. Due to the Spartans' two wins over the Mountaineers this season, UNCG claimed the second seed in the tournament and Appalachian State was given the third seed. Furman finished 11-5 in the South Division to earn the third seed.
- The Spartans are 10-20 all-time against Furman in the series between the two schools. Back on Nov. 6, the Spartans traveled to Furman where the Paladins swept UNCG, 3-0. Ariel Newman led the Spartans with nine kills and eight digs in the match, while Karrian Chambers had a team-high 11 digs.
- In addition to leading the Southern Conference in blocks, Kayren Finney is one of the leaders nationally in that category, as well. The senior already has accumulated 140 blocks this season for a 1.39 blocks/set average, which ranks 12th nationally this week.
- There are also other Spartans who ranks in the top-10 in numerous other categories in the Southern Conference. Sophomore Olivia Humphries currently sits in ninth in hitting percentage at .298 and Ariel Newman is eighth in kills with 2.93 kills/set average. Freshman Kellie Orewiler is eighth in digs from her libero position with 3.58 digs/set and Caley Redden is 10th with 3.42 digs/set.
- This season, the Spartans began the year with a 14-3 record, which is the best start by a UNCG team since 1995 when the team started the year 24-3. In those 14 wins, the Spartans swept their opponents by a 3-0 score eight times. Five of the other six wins came in four-set victories.
- At the Spartan Spiketacular earlier this season, junior Ariel Newman was tabbed as the Tournament MVP. Sophomore Olivia Humphries and senior Caley Redden were also named to the All-Tournament team. Freshman Kellie Orewiler was selected as the Libero of the Tournament by the head coaches.
- The team title at the Spartan Spiketacular was the second tournament that UNCG has won this season after winning the Spartan Classic earlier this season. It marked the first time since 1995 that UNCG has won two tournaments in one season. That year, the Spartans won the UNCG Fall Tournament and the College of Charleston Invite.
- The Spartans began the 2010 season with an impressive 8-1 record over their first nine matches. That marked the best start in school history since UNCG began the 1994 season 9-1. Also, the 14-3 start by UNCG was the best since the 1995 team started the year 24-3.
- The Spartans kicked off their 2010 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.
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