Drury volleyball opens season Friday hosting Greenstay Inn & Suites Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The Drury volleyball team will open the 2021 season this weekend when they host the Greenstay Inn & Suites Drury Invitational tournament. The Panthers will play twice on Friday and twice on Saturday in an event that will feature five matches on both days.
 
Jenifer Bahner returns for her eighth season as Drury’s head coach. She ranks second in all-time wins for Drury volleyball and guided the program to their first-ever NCAA-II tournament appearance in 2018. Her Panthers will bring back two All-GLVC performers from last year’s squad, senior Makina Wratten (Middle Hitter, Broken Arrow, Okla.), and junior Chloe Rear (Setter/Outside Hitter, Strafford, Mo.). The Panthers posted a 9-9 record last season.
 
This year’s tournament is a return to a full regular season for the Panthers. Last year’s fall season was postponed to the spring semester and featured a conference-only schedule with no national tournament. A full schedule returns this season, and fans can be back in attendance to watch competitions as well.
 
This weekend’s tournament marks the second time the program has hosted the event. Drury went 2-2 in their tournament in 2019, and last year’s event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Tickets are $5 for each day of the tournament, with general admission seating throughout the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Re-entry is allowed both days, with patrons receiving a hand-stamp to return to the arena.
 
TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
FRIDAY
LeMoyne-Owen vs Missouri Southern St., 10 am, O’Reilly Family Event Center
Texas Woman’s vs Henderson St., noon, O’Reilly Family Event Center
Panthers vs LeMoyne-Owen, 2 pm, O’Reilly Family Event Center
Henderson St. vs Missouri Southern St., 4 pm, O’Reilly Family Event Center
Panthers vs Texas Woman’s, 6 pm, O’Reilly Family Event Center
 
SATURDAY
Henderson St. vs LeMoyne-Owen, 9 am, O’Reilly Family Event Center
Panthers vs Missouri Southern St., 11 am, O’Reilly Family Event Center
LeMoyne-Owen vs Texas Woman’s, 1 pm, O’Reilly Family Event Center
Panthers vs Henderson St., 3 pm, O’Reilly Family Event Center
Texas Woman’s vs Missouri Southern St., 5 pm O’Reilly Family Center
 
Live Video Coverage on the GLVCSN
Live Stats
 
QUICK FACTS
Records (in 2020-21)
Drury: 9-9 (2020-21)
LeMoyne-Owen: DNP
Missouri Southern St.: 6-12
Henderson St.: 6-6
Texas Woman’s: 3-9
 
Players to Watch/Top Returners
Drury: #22 Chloe Rear, 1st Team All-GLVC, (3.33 kills/set, 18 aces), #17 Makina Wratten, 2nd team All-GLVC (2.15 kills/set, .287 hitting pct., 0.92 blocks/set)
Missouri Southern St.: #1 Frankie Enna (transfer from South Dakota St.), #17 Irina Alekseeva (transfer from Dayton)
Texas Woman’s: #6 Kaia Saylor (3.26 kills/set, 3.54 digs/set), #4 Bailey Wozniak (8.24 assists/set, 16 aces)
Henderson St.: #16 Makenzie Thoman (GAC Defensive Player of the Year, 5.81 digs/set), #10 Violeta Mendoza Quintana (GAC Newcomer of the Year, 2.94 kills/set) 
LeMoyne-Owen: #14 Jalynn Woodland (Sr., Nashville, Tenn.), #12 Kaila Mitchell (Sr., McCalla, Ala.), #3 Adrianna Shaw (Sr., Cordova, Tenn.)
 
Last game
Season Opener for all five teams
 
Head Coach
Drury: Jenifer Bahner (8th year, 130-78)
LeMoyen-Owen: Reginald Morris (3rd year)
Missouri Southern St.: Kalie Mader (4th year)
Texas Woman’s: Jeff Huebner (5th year)
Henderson St.: Philip McDaniel (5th year, 69-38)
 
All-time series
Drury vs LeMoyne-Owen, first meeting
Drury 4-7 vs Texas Woman’s
Drury 26-52 vs Missouri Southern St.
Drury 3-9 vs Henderson St.
 
Next
Drury at Alaska Nanook Classic, Sept. 10-11, Fairbanks, Alaska
 
 
 
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