WASHINGTON -- American looks to take advantage of its longest break of the season on Friday when it hosts Army West Point in another crucial Patriot League volleyball match beginning at 7 p.m. at Bender Arena. For the first time this year, the Eagles have had seven days between matches.
The Eagles' Patriot League home weekend continues on Saturday at 2 p.m. when they face Holy Cross. There will be no broadcast available for this match on the Patriot League Network.
The matchup with the Black Knights is the second straight for the Eagles that features a 1 vs. 2 battle. AU comes into the match in first place in the PL with a 9-1 mark, with the Black Knights in a second-place tie at 8-2.
The Eagles, now 18-7 overall, come into the weekend on a 10-match winning streak.
Sophomore Vela McBride was the PL Player of the Week after last week's wins over Loyola Maryland and Navy, hitting .710 for the week and finishing with 14 kills and no errors on 18 attacks against the Mids with eight blocks. McBride is hitting .439 with a 2.21 kps average and 40 blocks over the last 10 matches.
AU won at West Point, N.Y., earlier this season in one of its strongest matches. The Eagles prevailed 25-22, 25-11, 25-15 on Sept. 30, Aleksandra Kazala had 12 kills and 12 digs, and the Eagles hit .322 in the victory. Army was held to just .096 offensively.
TICKETS & SPECIAL EVENTS
The American University volleyball locker room will be named in honor of Gennaro "Gene" P. Cosco in ceremonies during the Eagles' match with Army West Point.
The Cosco family became involved with the American volleyball program when Jen, the daughter of Gene and Jane Cosco, and sister of Lindsay Holt, enrolled at the university in 2002.
On this final home weekend of Patriot League play in the month of October – national breast cancer awareness month - members of the AU volleyball team will wear "Bender Pink Out" T-shirts during warmups to raise awareness for breast cancer.
The Bender Pink Out is a partnership with AU Athletics Marketing, the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, as well as members of AU Fraternity and Sorority Life who are proud to come together with AU Volleyball in the fight towards ending breast cancer.
Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match to show their support for this effort.
Tickets to all AU home volleyball matches are available at the Bender Arena Box Office. General admission seats are $8 for adults and $5 for children. AU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.
ARMY WEST POINT PREVIEW
The Black Knights have won six straight matches, including an exciting 3-2 win over Navy on Oct. 14. Army is 15-8 overall this season.
Senior middle Carolyn Bockrath leads the PL with a .404 hitting percentage and is third in the league at 3.57 kills per set. Senior outside Amber Clay (3.04 kps) is also among the top 10 in the league.
Freshman setter Ana Oglivie leads the league in service aces at 0.41 per set.
HOLY CROSS PREVIEW
Holy Cross is now 4-19 overall and 1-9 in the Patriot League. The Crusaders swept Lafayette at home in their last outing, snapping a 13-match losing streak. Holy Cross faces Navy on Friday night in the first leg of their weekend road trip.
Freshman Katie Kerins leads the Crusaders' offense at 3.32 kills per set, with fellow freshman Clare Honan averaging 2.40. Honan is the top blocker for Holy Cross this season with 59.
Freshman libero Sophie VanSeveren averages a league-best 5.99 digs per set.