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Volleyball Set To Host Niagara And Wofford In Bulldog Invitational

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STARKVILLE, Miss. – To cap off the home nonconference slate, the Mississippi State volleyball team (3-4) is set to host first-time foes Niagara (0-6) and Wofford (2-4) Friday and Saturday in the Bulldog Invitational.

The Bulldogs will play at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. each day beginning with Niagara Friday afternoon and Wofford in the nightcap. Niagara and Wofford will face each other at 3:30 p.m. each day.

“We are looking forward to hosting two teams that we’ve never played this weekend,” fifth-year MSU coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “It’s an opportunity for us to focus on our technique and prepare for SEC play. We need to make sure we take care of our controllables and build some momentum going forward.”

MSU’s attack continues to be paced by freshman Kimmy Gardiner, who is averaging an SEC third-best 4.48 kills/set. She is also the only SEC rookie ranked in the top 20 in both kills/set and digs/set (2.96).

The sophomore duo of Roxanne McVey and Taylor Scott continue to bolster the Bulldog defense. The pair has combined for 52 percent of MSU’s total digs, while Scott is also second on the team with 79 kills.

Admission to all volleyball matches is free. Schedule posters and cards will also be available at each of this weekend’s matches. 100 MSU Frisbees will also be given away at the 6:30 match Friday night.

All matches in the Bulldog Invitational will also be available on HailStateTV free of charge and there is no need to register. Fans should simply visit and click on the video link that appears at match time for each contest.

Following the Bulldog Invitational, MSU will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for the Belmont Bruin Classic on Sept. 20 and 21 before returning home to the Newell-Grissom Building for opening weekend of SEC-play against No. 5 Florida and Arkansas.

Fans can follow the Mississippi State volleyball program on Twitter @HailStateVB, Instagram @HailStateVB and Facebook at


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