VB Wraps Up Road Swing With Alabama Friday, Auburn On CSS Sunday

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Volleyball held a costume practice Thursday afternoon to celebrate Halloween before departing for Tuscaloosa.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – To wrap up a two-week road swing, the Mississippi State volleyball team (11-11, 2-6) along with Co-SEC Freshman of the Week Kimmy Gardiner will make a pair of stops in Alabama over the weekend, beginning with the Alabama Crimson Tide (17-6, 5-2) in Tuscaloosa Friday night at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs will conclude their road trip on the Plains in a televised match on CSS against the Auburn Tigers (13-8, 4-5) Sunday at 3 p.m.

“I’m looking forward to a very competitive weekend for our team,” MSU head coach Jenny Hazelwood said. “Alabama and Auburn are both talented teams that we feel like we can match up with. Playing on their home court will be tough, but at the same time, we are playing very well right now so it should provide for a great weekend of volleyball.”

Gardiner earned her second SEC weekly honor from the conference office Monday morning after posting 32 kills, 18 digs, four aces and three blocks on the weekend. She also did not have any reception errors as she was targeted 31 times on serves. During Sunday’s five-set thriller against Georgia, Gardiner posted her 10th double-double of the season, which ties her for third-most among NCAA freshmen this season. The Grapevine, Texas, native shared her conference recognition with Friday-night foe Krystal Rivers of Alabama.

Sophomore libero Roxanne McVey has continued her solid work and is only 16 digs away from her 1,000th-career dig. She is currently second in the SEC and 13th-nationally with 5.46 digs per set. Fellow sophomore Taylor Scott also ranks third in the conference among active underclassmen with 503 career kills, which is 19th-overall.

Although State is nearing a record for wins at home during a single season, it has yet to win a true match and has claimed three neutral site matches.

The Bulldogs return home Wednesday, Nov. 6, to face Ole Miss (11-10, 1-7) in the 80th meeting between the two schools. The match will be televised nationally on ESPNU and a multitude of promotional giveaways will take place. It will also mark the 200th match in the Newell-Grissom Building’s history.

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


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