Briscoe McKee

Brittney McKee and Elaine Briscoe play for Campbellsville volleyball. Staff photo by Kevin McGloshen

The Campbellsville University volleyball team is having a stellar season.

The Tigers are 29-6 overall and clinched a share of the Mid-South Conference with Georgetown with identical 9-1 league marks. In addition, they are ranked 24th in the latest NAIA Top 25 poll.

And Southern Indiana natives Brittney McKee and Elaine Briscoe have a lot to do with that.

Briscoe, a junior from Floyd Central, says the season is turning out the way she expected even though Campbellsville lost some key players to graduation. Last year, Campbellsville won the regular-season conference title and finished runner-up in the league tournament.

“After last year, we lost five seniors, so at the beginning of the season we might have had some doubts,” Briscoe said. “But I think for the most part we figured we’d have a pretty decent season again. We have girls on the team that work really hard, so it’s kind of expected.”

McKee, Campbellsville’s starting setter, leads the team in assists (1,466), which ranks second in the conference. The junior is also fourth on the team and seventh in the MSC in service aces (52). This week the New Washington graduate was named the MSC Setter of the Week for the second time this year.

Those statistics are not bad for a player who has never been a setter in her collegiate career.

“It’s been a big change this year. It was pretty unexpected,” said McKee, who had not played setter since high school. “I went from having a position where I’m basically told what to do to going to a position where I tell everybody else what to do. It’s not something I’m used to at all, but we’re getting there.”

The setter position was thrown into McKee’s lap at the start of the season when the Tigers’ original setter decided to not play this year. McKee was an outside hitter as a freshman and played defensive specialist as a sophomore.

Briscoe leads the team in digs (417), making her the 10th-best defensive player in the conference. She also ranks sixth on the team and 17th in the league in aces (38).

This week she earned the MSC Libero of the Week award for the third time and also was named NAIA Region XI Libero of the Week last Monday.

“I was excited because our conference is pretty tough, and there are some really good liberoes in our conference.” Briscoe said. “To get that honor is pretty exciting.”

McKee says no one deserves the libero of the week honor more than Briscoe.

“I think she deserves it pretty well. She covers my butt pretty good,” McKee said.

The Tigers’ primary goal this season is to earn a berth in the NAIA National Championship tournament. For that to happen, they must win the Region XI tournament Nov. 16-17 in Henderson, Tenn.

Briscoe is taking a one-step-at-a-time approach in trying to reach that goal.

“Our first goal is to win the regular-season (MSC title) again,” she said, “and then, of course to win the conference tournament and to win the region and go to nationals.”

If Campbellsville makes nationals, it would make school history.

“We would be the first team to go to nationals in volleyball,” said McKee, whose team lost in last year’s region tournament to Georgetown in the semifinals.

McKee and Briscoe have known each other since their senior year in high school. They were teammates on the same club team, which was coached by Briscoe’s mother, current Corydon High School coach Kim Briscoe.

The duo has developed a great friendship and currently shares a house at Campbellsville. Briscoe says their off-the-court friendship definitely helps them on the court.

“We can say stuff to each other and not get mad at each other,” Briscoe said.



BRITTNEY MCKEE

HIGH SCHOOL: New Washington

GRADE: Junior

2007 STATISTICS: Team-high 1,466 assists, the second-most in the Mid-South Conference; 52 service aces, fourth-most on the team and seventh-most in the conference.

2007 HONORS: Named MSC Setter of the Week twice.



ELAINE BRISCOE

HIGH SCHOOL: Floyd Central

GRADE: Junior

2007 STATISTICS: Team-high 417 digs, 10th-most in the Mid-South Conference; 38 service aces, sixth-most on the team and 17th-most in the conference.

2007 HONORS: Three-time MSC Libero of the Week.

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