EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - A trip west will wrap up the road slate for the University of Evansville volleyball team as they head to Wichita State and Missouri State.
Friday's tilt at Wichita State at 5 p.m. begins the trip before UE heads to Springfield, Mo. to take on the Bears at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
As senior Ashley Ring rounds the stretch of her illustrious career at UE, she continues to rack up the kills in what has been the best of her four years in Evansville.
She has gone only four matches this season without racking up double figures in kills. She sits at 394 for the season.
Ring's average of 4.06 per set has moved to the top of the MVC. She has a slight lead of Missouri State's Lily Johnson (4.02) and Morgan Reardon of Loyola, who checked in with a 4.01 average.
The injury bug has hit the Purple Aces hard this season as five players are currently having to watch from the sidelines as the season winds down.
In Saturday's match versus UNI, freshman hitter Genesis Miranda subbed in at setter for the first time this season. Miranda did a solid job in the new position versus UNI as she tallied 20 assists.
Stephanie Cerino played well in Saturday's match versus the Panthers. She posted six kills while hitting a team-best .312.
Both of the weekend's opponents enter play with a 10-4 league mark.
The Shockers come in at 16-8 overall after a 3-2 home triumph over MSU last weekend. Despite not having any of the top ten players in kills in the league, the Shockers have spread the wealth, ranking third as a team with 13.40 per set. Abbie Lehman ranks second in the Valley in overall hitting at .374.
Missouri State comes into the weekend with a 17-9 mark after falling at WSU last weekend. Lily Johnson is the top threat for MSU as she ranks second in the league behind Ring with 4.02 kills per set while leading the way in the Valley with 33 service aces. They also have one of the top setters in the conference as Kinsey McCarter ranks second with 11.02 assists per set.
Evansville wraps up the 2014 slate on Friday, November 21 versus Southern Illinois. Set for 7 p.m. in the Carson Center, the match will be the final one at the Carson Center for seniors Meaghan Holmes and Ashley Ring.