The Bulldogs (9-7, 0-2) will square off against the Texas A&M Aggies (9-6, 1-3) at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at Reed Arena before a Sunday afternoon matinee at 1:30 p.m. against the LSU Tigers (11-3, 1-1) at the Maravich Center.
“We’ve had a great two weeks of very competitive practices,” fifth-year MSU coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “I’m excited to see the girls compete against two talented teams in LSU and Texas A&M. Both teams are playing well and will be a tough challenge on the road.”
State struggled with consistency and dropped its first two matches during the opening weekend of conference play to No. 2 Florida and Arkansas. The Bulldogs had the Gators on the ropes during the first two sets before a pair of 10-2 runs by UF sealed the deal.
Sophomore libero Roxanne McVey continues her stellar work anchoring the Bulldog defense as her 5.60 digs per set ranks second in the SEC and ninth nationally. As a team, MSU is also second in the conference and 10th in the nation with 17.4 digs per set.
Kimmy Gardiner and Dani McCree have paced the MSU attack as Gardiner leads all freshmen and ranks fourth in the SEC in kills per set (4.88) and points per set (5.26). McCree matched a season-best with 11 kills against Arkansas after turning in nine against Florida with a .350 hitting percentage.
Following the weekend road trip, MSU returns home to face South Carolina and Tennessee on Oct. 18 and 20 in the Newell-Grissom Building.