Racers gear up for the first MVC tournament

Murray State Volleyball heads into their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in Evansville on Sunday. The four-day event will be held at the Meeks Family Fieldhouse on the University of Evansville campus.

The Racers enter the tournament as the seventh team and meet sixth-place Valparaiso in the first round of the tournament. In their first regular season in The Valley, the Racers went 8-10 in league play and 12-16 overall. The Racers go into the MVC tournament on a hot streak, having won three of their last five games.

Murray State vs. Valparaiso

Friday 20 November | 6 p.m
Live Stats | ESPN+

Murray State Quick Notes

  • Murray ended the regular season with a 3-1 win over Belmont, splitting their season streak.
  • The Racers also shared their streak with Valparaiso that season, with the Racers winning their last home game 3-1.
  • Murray went 8-10 in the MVC and secured seventh place after beating Indiana State 3-0 on Nov. 12.

team stats

  • Murray is one of the best defensive teams in the conference, ranking second in opposing kills (12.26 per set) and opposing assists (11.16 per set).
  • The Racers are fourth in MVC in terms of opposing digs, giving up just 13.79 digs per set.

MVC Stat Guide

  • Bailey Demier ranks fifth in MVC in assists (10.21 per set) and service aces (0.38 per set).
  • Dahlia Miller is fifth in the conference in digs at 4.18 a set.

MVC Game Heights

  • Murray State holds the highest attacking percentage in a five-set match with .309 percent in a nail biter against Clemson, which they pushed to five sets before losing 3-2 to the Tigers.
  • MSU has the second-best kills mark for a five-set contest with 76 in the match against SIU.
  • DeMier is third in games that lasted three sets when she had 46 in the win over Indiana State.

The winner of Murray State and Valparaiso advances to the second round on Monday. Waiting for the winner from UIC, number 3 of the seed at 18:00.

MVC Tournament Schedule (All Games on ESPN+)
Sunday, November 20th

3 p.m. No. 5 Evansville vs. No. 8 Bradley
6 p.m. No. 6 Valparaiso vs. No. 7 Murray State
Monday, 11/21

3 p.m. #4 Southern Illinois vs. #5/8 Winner
6pm #3 UIC vs #6/7 winners
Tuesday, 11/22

3pm #1 UNI vs #4/5/8 winners
6pm #2 Drake vs #3/6/7 Winner
Wednesday, 11/23

4:00 p.m. MVC Tournament Championship Match