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Blue Raiders Set for Road Trip

Middle looking to extend its nine game win streak

October 10, 2007 · MT Athletics
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Blue Raiders will hit the road this week beginning a six-match road swing through Florida and Louisiana.

Middle Tennessee will begin the long stretch on Thursday at 7 p.m. when it faces Florida Atlantic. Then Saturday at 6 p.m. the Blue Raiders will head down the road to Miami to play Florida International.

On Monday the Blue Raiders will play rival Western Kentucky at 7 p.m. in Bowling Green, Ky.

"We have good match-ups with all of these teams. I think we have a very athletic team. These teams present different challenges. FAU has a number of new players and we don't know much about their team at all except what we have seen on tape," head coach Matt Peck said. "FIU has some outstanding players on their team. They are a bit of a question mark too as they have had some roster changes from last year." "We know Western probably better than anyone. Western doesn't really change too much. They have the bread and butter offense they like to run and I think if we are playing well we have good match-ups with them. All three matches present different issues for us and we are just going to take them one at a time."

After this three-match stand the team will have a few days off before heading to Louisiana to play the three Sun Belt Louisiana schools.

The Blue Raiders enter the weekend 19-1 overall and 6-0 in Sun Belt conference play. Middle has won nine straight matches and will look to extend this streak in the coming days.

Western Kentucky (17-4, 6-0 SBC) and FIU (11-4, 6-2 SBC) are currently in second and third place in the East Division of the conference while FAU (6-12) is fifth with a 3-5 conference record. The Hilltoppers enter the weekend as the only other undefeated team in conference play.

"It is a big weekend but we want to take every weekend as it is a big weekend and not just look at the opponents we are playing. We are playing two of the three schools that were in the Final Four of the conference tournament last year. We had a good record against those schools last year but we are not taking anything for granted," Peck said. We play each match in the conference as hard as we can and we are going to compete in every match."

The Blue Raiders will look to junior Ashley Adams as it faces top conference competition this weekend. Adams was named Sun Belt Player of the Week on Monday for her performance against Arkansas-Little Rock and Arkansas State.

"I have every confidence in our team that we will play well this weekend and in Monday's match. We are playing for something here. We are not resting on our morals we are playing for a conference title. We want our program to improve and just because we were conference champions last year does not mean we are assuming anything this year," Peck said.

Monday's match with Western Kentucky will be broadcast on www.goblueraiders.com.

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