Volleyball Welcomes FIU for C-USA Matchup – Old Dominion University – Old Dominion University


Old Dominion (11-9, 3-3 C-USA) vs. FIU (4-11, 1-5 C-USA)

Game Info – Friday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. | Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.

Location – ODU Volleyball Center (Norfolk, Va.)

Stream – Friday | Saturday

Live Stats – Click Here

 

NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion volleyball team hosts FIU for two Conference USA matches this Friday and Saturday. Friday’s match starts at 6 p.m. with a 2 p.m. start set for Saturday. Both matches will stream live on CUSA.tv.

 

About ODU

The Monarchs return home following a two-match split at Marshall last weekend. ODU won the first match in five sets last Friday before nearly coming back from a 2-0 deficit in a 3-2 loss the next day.

 

Alessia Sgherza matched her own program record for single-match kills with 24 in Friday’s win. The graduate student from Massa, Italy notched a season-best attack percentage of .452 and added 13 digs for her second double-double of the year. Sgherza was one of four Monarchs with double-figure kills on Friday. Kira Smith had 13, and Hailey Duncan and Myah Conway tallied 11 as well.

 

Sgherza and Smith went on to post double-doubles in Saturday’s loss. Sgherza notched 18 kills and 17 digs, and Smith tallied 14 kills and 16 digs. A freshman from San Diego, Smith now has double-digit kills in each of her last five matches.

 

For the season, Teresa Atilano ranks fifth in C-USA with 9.46 assists per set and had back-to-back 52-assist outings against the Thundering Herd. Olivia De Jesus (1.05, seventh) and Hailey Duncan (1.04, ninth) both rank inside the top-10 in the conference in blocks per set. Additionally, Duncan ranks fifth in the league and 65th nationally in hitting percentage (.360). 

 

About FIU

The Panthers come to Norfolk following a split with Sunshine State rival Florida Atlantic. The Panthers lost 3-0 in the first match before winning by that exact margin in the second match. FIU had 15 blocks in Saturday’s win and held FAU to a .000 hitting percentage. Jade Sadeiko and Yaniris Miller-Green had six block assists apiece on Saturday.

 

FIU averages 2.42 blocks per set and ranks fourth in C-USA and 56th in DI in that category. Myrthe Maring is fourth in the conference with 1.21 blocks per set.

 

Giada Bianchi leads the Panthers with 3.51 kills per set. Camila De La Rosa averages 7.33 assists per set, and Valeria Santos is third in C-USA with 4.53 digs per set.

 

The Series

ODU and FIU split their two matches in the spring. The Monarchs’ 3-1 win over the Panthers on Feb. 9 was the program’s first-ever conference win.

 

What’s Next

The Monarchs travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky for two matches with No. 19 WKU on Thursday and Friday. Both matches start at 7 p.m.

 

Voucher Books!

The 2021-22 Old Dominion voucher book is available for sale on ynottix.com. New this year, ticket vouchers come with the flexibility for customers to use them across several of ODU’s ticketed sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and baseball. Purchase now and vouchers remain valid through the end of the home baseball schedule in mid-May. Each year, these four programs account for approximately 60 combined home events that will be accessible with the ticket vouchers.

Each voucher book contains 25 tickets and is priced at $50, which is a 60 percent savings off the single-game ticket price. Vouchers are good for any regular season home game played at the ODU Soccer Complex, Volleyball Center or Bud Metheny Baseball Stadium, and can be presented at the gate for admission.

 

Single-game tickets can also be purchased for $5.

 

Click here to purchase the 2021-22 ODU voucher book.

 

Players Mentioned

Teresa Atilano

#9 Teresa Atilano

S
6′ 1″
Freshman
Academic Sophomore

Olivia De Jesus

#21 Olivia De Jesus

MB
6′ 0″
Redshirt Freshman
Academic Junior

Hailey Duncan

#6 Hailey Duncan

MB
6′ 1″
Redshirt Sophomore
Academic Senior

Alessia Sgherza

#11 Alessia Sgherza

OH
6′ 2″
Graduate Student
Academic Grad Student

Kira Smith

#15 Kira Smith

OH
5′ 10″
Freshman
Academic Freshman

Myah Conway

#22 Myah Conway

RS
6′ 3″
Freshman
Academic Freshman