INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Lady Railsplitter volleyball team remained locked in the No. 5 spot in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region rankings released Wednesday.
Lincoln Memorial currently holds a 19-11 record with a 10-5 mark in the South Atlantic Conference, notching third place in the league standings with the final regular-season weekend set approaching. The Lady Railsplitters have captured three of their last four matches over the past week and a half.
Senior middle blocker Blaire Fowler has been the offensive catalyst for the Lady Railsplitters this season, leading the way in kills (393), kills per set (3.61) and attack percentage (.310), while also boasting strong defensive play throughout the season.
Fowler ranks second on the team in digs (324) and digs per set (2.97). Her name is scattered across the individual leader board in the South Atlantic Conference, as she ranks third in kills per set, kills and attack percentage while ranking 12th in total digs. Fowler has upped her level of play down the closing stretch of the season by tallying six double-doubles over the last eight games.
Of the Lady Railsplitters’ 30 matches, Fowler has notched double-digit kills in 22 contests with 15 double-doubles to her credit. With 1,010 career kills, Fowler sits in eighth in the all-time career record book at Lincoln Memorial University.
The Lady Railsplitters have been aided this season by the offensive production of Jennifer Drumm and Kaitlin Walton. Drumm, a senior hailing from Stanton, Mich., ranks second on the team in kills (253) and kills per set (2.36) while sophomore right side Walton has tallied 202 kills at this point in the season for an average of 1.85 per set. Drumm has also made her impact felt defensively with six double-doubles this season.
In her second season at Lincoln Memorial, sophomore setter/right side Allison Beavers poses a versatile offensive threat for opponents, as she has tallied 1.77 kills per set and 5.12 assists per frame. On Tuesday evening, Beavers recorded a triple-double with ten kills, 26 assists and 13 digs against Carson-Newman College.
Senior setter Brittany Pugh has paced the offensive unit with a team-leading 620 assists this season, good for 5.69 average per set. She ranks second on the team with 11 double-doubles this season as the senior sits third on the team with 2.54 digs per set.
The South Atlantic Conference is well-represented in the regional rankings with five teams in the top eight, highlighted by the Wingate University Bulldogs holding the top-spot for the second-consecutive week. The Bulldogs head into the final week of the season with a 23-2 record and riding a 15-match winning streak.
Peach Belt Conference foes Flagler College and Armstrong Atlantic State University hold the No. 2 and No. 3 spot in the rankings. Flagler currently sits at 17-8, while the Pirates are 26-5 this season.
Tusculum College is notched in the No. 4 spot with a 17-6 record. Newberry, Lenoir-Rhyne and Augusta State round out the top eight. Newberry holds a 16-11 mark coming down the closing stretch, while L-R sits at 17-9 and Augusta State is 17-13.
The Lady Railsplitters look to close the regular season on a strong note with a pair of SAC battles in Mary E. Mars Gymnasium. LMU will welcome top-seeded Wingate University to Harrogate on Friday for a 7 p.m. match with the Bulldogs before closing the weekend against Catawba on Saturday afternoon.