STARKVILLE, Miss. – For its annual “Dig Pink” match to support breast cancer awareness, the Mississippi State volleyball team (10-9, 1-4) welcomes the Tennessee Volunteers (8-12, 0-6) to the Newell-Grissom Building Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
State posted its first Southeastern Conference win of the season Friday night against South Carolina (10-9, 2-5) behind a stellar performance from sophomore Taylor Scott, who posted 14 kills and 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the season and 15th of her career. The Bulldogs hit .336 as a team, which is the best hitting percentage by an MSU squad in a conference match since Nov. 3, 2011.
“We need to finish strong this weekend,” MSU head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “Friday night got us back on the right track but we need to make sure we’re focused and ready to take care of business tomorrow. Tennessee is a young, athletic squad much like we are.”
The Sunday afternoon matinee will feature two of the top liberos in the country as the Bulldogs’ Roxanne McVey ranked seventh in the nation with 5.63 digs per set entering the weekend and the Volunteers’ Ellen Mullins leads the nation with 6.09 digs per set.
With the seventh home win Friday night, State is tied for the second-most wins in a single season in the Newell-Grissom Building. The all-time record is 10 wins set during the 2006 campaign.
Admission to the match is free and the first 100 fans will receive free pink foam miniature volleyball. The “Sundaes on Sunday” promotion will also return and the first 60 fans will receive free MSU ice cream.
The match will be streamed live via HailStateTV with no audio and no signup required. Fans can simply go to HailState.com/HSTVlive to view the match. Fans can follow the match via live stats available through HailState.com
Following the weekend home stand, the Bulldogs will venture on a two-week road trip with stops at Kentucky and Georgia on Oct. 25 and 27. The following weekend, MSU will travel to Alabama and Auburn, which will mark State’s first televised match of the season on Nov. 3.