CINCINNATI – After its best start in four seasons, CCU looks for five-in-a-row as it heads to Bluefield, Virginia to take on the Rams in a conference matchup on Saturday (Jan. 28). First serve at Dome Gymnasium is set for 2 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
Last weekend (Jan. 21-22) the Eagles went an undefeated 3-0 at the Jim Coleman Invitational with a straight-set win over Hilbert College, and came away with 3-1 wins over Southern Virginia University and Lincoln Memorial.
Junior Logan Webber came away with a spot on the All-Tournament team. Webber piled up 43 kills on a .430 kill percentage.
ABOUT THE EAGLES
After the opening four games of the 2017 season, the CCU Eagles have put together a perfect 4-0 (1-0) start and rank among the best in the country early on. The Eagles have posted the third-most blocks (29) behind Webber's 13 (.9 blocks per game).
Cincinnati Christian have also registered the fourth-most assists (146), digs (165), kills (165) and aces (18). Webber has 50 kills on the season, followed by senior Lance Wiles with 40 and Jeremiah Gonidakis has accounted for 24 kills.
Sophomore Michael Hiroskey has handed out 131 of CCU's 146 assists. Hiroskey averages over nine per game, while also having served up a trio of aces on the season.
Defensively, Shaun Kanoho anchors the Eagle efforts with a team-best 37 digs, including three double-figure dig efforts.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Bluefield hosts the Eagles with an 0-2 record overall. As a team, they have piled up 20 kills for a combined -.079 kill percentage through its opening pair of games.
Lesharo Clark anchors the Ram offense with nine kills of his own (-.061 kill percentage). Chaz Franqui is dishing out the helpers with 11 assists on the season. Franqui has combined for 11 of Bluefield's 13 total assists.
Defensively, the Rams have picked up 44 digs, backed behind Clark's 13 digs on the year.
Cincinnati Christian takes the next week off to prepare for a tri-match at St. Andrews University against St. Andrews at 11 a.m. and the University of Charleston at 1 p.m.