The Samford Women’s Volleyball Team (13-5, Conference 7-1) has stormed through the first half of their Southern Conference schedule, winning seven games and only losing one.
The Bulldogs are under the direction of Head Coach Keylor Chan, who is in his fourth year of coaching at Samford.
Chan is putting his team in a solid position to win their second consecutive Southern Conference championship.
“We’re improving, we’re working on the things that have been exposed,” Chan told Samford Athletics prior to the ETSU matchup last Friday. “I’m enjoying this group.
“We’re working on some fundamental things that we are going to have to improve on to get where we want to be at the end of the day.”
The Bulldogs have been on a roll ever since their upset of then ranked No. 24 Arizona. Since that win, the Bulldogs have gone 11-4 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
Two standout players making headlines this season are Lauren Deaton and Kelsi Hobbs.
Deaton, a sophomore from Memphis, has 235 kills and 134 digs on the year. Last season, Deaton took home the title of 2018 SoCon Freshman of the Year after her impressive freshman campaign. She also earned a spot on the All-SoCon Second Team squad. Her continued success has played a large part in this season’s successful start.
Hobbs, on the other hand, a senior from Hoover, AL, leads the team in kills with 238 this season. She also has 143 digs up to this point. Hobbs has been a consistent force for Samford in each of her three seasons, and her final campaign as a Bulldog is following that trend.
The Bulldogs have eight games left on their SoCon Schedule, which concludes with a road matchup against their one conference loss, the ETSU Buccaneers, the only unbeaten team in the SoCon.
The Bulldogs’ will travel to face the Chattanooga Mocs on Oct. 23. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.