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In the first-ever NCAA-sanctioned beach volleyball matches featuring two teams from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Morehead State beach volleyball registered a clean sweep of its in-state rival Eastern Kentucky. The Eagles (8-3) took both matches by identical scores, 5-0, in sweeping the Colonels (0-6).

Overall, in the 12 total flights played on the afternoon, Morehead State captured each game in each flight, recording a perfect 24-0 total in games played during the dual match.

In both matches, the Eagles top three flight pairings remained the same from the team's final two matches at the UNCW Dig & Dive Invitational. The freshman duo of Hannah Keating and Allison Whitten occupied the top line for Morehead State with sophomore Olivia Lohmeier and freshman Margaret Musselman slotting in at the two's. The third pairing was comprised of graduate student Georgia Childers and freshman Olivia Montelisciani.

Flights four and five featured a bit of reshuffling for the Eagles as junior Chandler Clark and sophomore Lauren Rokey slid up to the fourth flight after competing in the fifth pairing for the first half of the season. Freshman Hannah Mabrey moved to the fifth flight, pairing with junior Karlee Reynolds for the first time this season.

In the extra flight, Morehead State employed a combination of redshirt freshman Taylor Hodges and freshman Mia Swearingen in match one before redshirt senior Jess Hall teamed with Hodges in match two.

Tuesday's matches with Eastern Kentucky also coincided with beach volleyball's takeover of the NCAA Volleyball Instagram account (@NCAAVolleyball). The takeover allowed the Eagles to show a day-in-the-life of a Morehead State student-athlete and the beach volleyball game-day experience.

For more behind the scenes looks and all things Morehead State beach volleyball, fans are encouraged to follow @MSUEaglesBVB on Twitter and @msueaglesbvb on Instagram.

Morehead State returns home to Fazoli's Breadstick Beach on Saturday, hosting the program's inaugural Atlantic Sun Conference dual match. The Eagles will face traditional Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay with match times set for noon and 2 p.m.