The Murray State volleyball team became just the sixth team in conference history to win three consecutive OVC regular season titles on Saturday night at Racer Arena as MSU defeated SIU Edwardsville in five sets. The Racers were able to clinch the outright crown with set scores of 22-25, 25-10, 17-25, 25-21 and 15-10.
A total of five Racers recorded double-digit kills in the win and were led by Scottie Ingram's match-high 16. Dacia Brown and Rachel Giustino each had 12 on the night while Kristen Besselsen and Olivia Chatman recorded 11 and 10, respectively. Chatman also hit a match-high .588 in the win.
Defensively, MSU (20-8, 15-1 OVC) was led by Besselsen's season-high seven blocks (three solo and four assisted) while Ingram recorded a career-best 23 digs and libero Ellie Lorenz notched a match-high 29. As a team, the Racers had eight total blocks while the Cougars (20-7, 13-3 OVC) recorded 13 overall.
Hannah Stultz tallied a double-double in the match as she had 55 assists and 13 digs. Stultz, along with Lorenz also had two service aces to lead the team. MSU notched six total aces in the win while SIUE had four.
On the night, MSU hit .217 while holding the Cougars to a .162 clip. The win marks the second consecutive year that the Racers have gone 15-1 in league play.
Prior to the match, five Racer seniors were honored for Senior Night as Besselsen, Ingram, Lorenz, Audrey Lewis and Stultz all played their final regular season match at Racer Arena. Ingram also became the first Racer in program history to have her jersey retired following the match.
The Racers now look to win the OVC Tournament for the second time in the past three seasons as they begin OVC Tournament play Thursday, Nov. 17 as MSU will host eighth-seeded Jacksonville State at 7 p.m.