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OPENING SHOT: A beautiful fall day here in Kennesaw, GA, just 20 miles north of Atlanta sets the stage for tonight’s matchup between the visiting Stetson Hatters and the host Kennesaw State Owls. Welcome into Kennesaw State’s Convocation Center, affectionately known as “The Barn.”

ANNOUNCERS: I am Nathan McCreary and joining me for tonight’s broadcast is Brian __________. The Hatters come into tonight’s match with their best start in school history, and have already eclipsed their Atlantic Sun Conference win total with six. They are 15-10 overall and6-4 in conference. They are really showing those who picked them last in the Preseason Poll that they are for real.

STETSON PLAYER : A big reason for their success is outside Hitter Kaley Melville. The 5’10, senior from New Germany, Minnesota seems to be setting team records every week as she went over 1,000 kills on September 14, then set a school record with 28 kills against North Florida the following week. She also has 1,000 career digs for the Hatters and is just the fifth player for Stetson to have a cool “G” in digs and Kills.

KENNESAW STATE PLAYER: For the Owls of Kennesaw State, it is senior setter from New Castle, Indiana, Sara Metroka that is making noise as she closes in on her 4,000 assist. She enters tonight’s match just 33 assists away from that exceptional milestone.

SERIES HISTORY: In the Head-to-head matchup, Kennesaw State owns an 8-3 advantage over the Hatters, but it was Stetson that took the first game against Kennesaw State back on September 28 in Deland, Florida. It was a 4 set victory that saw 6-foot-2-inch freshman Tiffany Creamer lead the Hatters with 16 kills and a .306 Hit%, while the Owls as a team struggled with just a .181 hit %, although freshman standout Kelly Marcinek had 20 kills to lead the Owls.

OUT: Let’s take a break here and when we return the Stetson Hatters and The Kennesaw State Owls lock horns here on ESPN3.




AFTER First Point: Stetson’s Head Coach is Tim Loesch in his third year with the Hatters. He also takes on the responsibility of coaching the Hatter’s Sand Volleyball team that won the A-Sun Championship earlier in 2013

AFTER Second Point: The Kennesaw State Owls Head Coach is Keith Shunzel in his first season with the Owls was hired on January 28 with an impressive resume including his last gig as an assistant coach with the Kentucky Wildcats who advanced deep into the NCAA Tournament in 2012. Coach Shunzel also has stints with Indiana, Valparaiso and Perdue.

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