USI Volleyball looks to stay hot

The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team is on a roll as it heads into week four of the 2012 season.

USI (4-7, 2-0 GLVC) has won four straight matches as it gets set to host Kentucky Wesleyan College at the Physical Activities Center Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Screaming Eagles also visit the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Friday at 7 p.m. in Somers, Wisconsin, and Lewis University Saturday at 5 p.m. in Romeoville, Illinois.

After starting the year with seven straight losses, the Eagles have relied on a powerful offensive attack to turn their season around. USI has recorded attacking percentages of at least .297 in each of the last four matches, including clips of .355 and .457 in its first two Great Lakes Valley Conference contests.

Freshman middle blocker Abbey Winter (Germantown, Illinois) and junior middle blocker Emily Diedrich (Newburgh, Indiana) have been extremely consistent at the net in the last four outings. Winter is hitting .483 with 2.46 kills and 1.23 blocks per set, while Diedrich is hitting .426 with 2.38 kills and 0.92 blocks per frame.

Sophomore outside hitters Fawn Ryan (Batesville, Indiana) and Lauren DeShaney (Appleton, Wisconsin) also have provided plenty of spark for the Eagles' offense in the last four matches. Ryan is hitting .362 with 3.92 kills and 0.69 blocks per set, while DeShaney has a .311 attacking percentage and is averaging 3.46 kills and 0.92 blocks in the last four outings.

Junior setter Jorae Bradbury (Decatur, Indiana) is averaging 12.23 assists per set in the last four matches and has the Eagles' attacking at a .346 pace during that span, while junior libero Kayla Heldman (Greenwood, Indiana) is averaging 5.31 digs per frame in her last four appearances. Heldman needs just 71 digs to reach 1,000 in her career.

Kentucky Wesleyan (4-8, 0-2 GLVC) is coming off a three-set victory over Brescia University this past Saturday. The Panthers, who snapped a four-match skid with the win, are looking to break a 28-match losing streak to the Eagles, which dates back to the 1995 season.

UW-Parkside (8-2, 1-1 GLVC) visits Lewis (4-6, 1-1 GLVC) Tuesday before hosting the Eagles Friday. Lewis also hosts Kentucky Wesleyan Friday evening.