Redhawks Lose 5-Game Match to Trojans
Aug. 27, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - (Saturday, August 27, 2005) The Redhawks looked to bounce back from a tough 3-1 loss to regional rival Saint Louis University earlier in the day at the St. Clair Corporation/Clarion Hotel Missouri State Invitational but came up short to Arkansas-Little rock in a highly competitive five-game match in the Redhawks nightcap at the Hammons Student Center Saturday evening.
The Redhawks (0-2) fell behind 3-0 early in game one to the Indians (1-2) and trailed 15-10 at one point. The Redhawks then went on a 7-1 run to grab their first lead of the game 17-16. The two teams then would exchange points until the Redhawks grabbed a two-point advantage 26-24, a lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the way until a Brittany Hastings (Wichita, KS/Circle H.S.) kill secured game point and a 30-28 game one victory. The Redhawks hit a scorching .321 and held the Indians to a percentage of .189.
In game two the Redhawks jumped ahead 6-3 thanks to back-to-back service aces by Jamie Baumstark (Hermann, MO/Hermann). The Indians would battle back to tie and pull ahead 9-8. The Redhawks would regain the lead 13-12 on a Brenna Schlader (Columbia, MO/Hickman) kill. The teams would exchange points. But the Indians would hold off the Redhawks thanks to a 12-7 run to end the second game with a 30-25 win.
Game three started off evenly matched but the Redhawks managed to grab a 9-6 lead in the early going. The Indians would rally to tie and both teams would go back-and-forth until the Indians grabbed a 25-21 lead thanks in part to a late 4-1 run. The Redhawks didn't quit though and went on a 7-3 run to tie the match at 28 apiece. A Jessica Koeper (Jackson, MO/Jackson) kill gave the Redhawks game point and a attack error by Sarah Breedlove gave the Redhawks the game three win and a 2-1 match lead. The Redhawks hit .233 in game three and held the Indians to a .154 hitting percentage.
The Redhawks headed into game four with a chance to pick up their first win of the season but the Indians had other plans. The Indians quickly grabbed a 5-1 lead in game four and later extended that lead to 12-4. The Redhawks trailed the entire game and couldn't pull any closer than six points and eventually fell 30-23 to force a fifth and deciding game.
Game five started out in favor of the Redhawks as Baumstark recorded an ace to start the game and the Redhawks jumped ahead 2-0. The Indians would tie the game at 2-2 and then ultimately pull ahead and never relinquish the lead as they grabbed a 10-4 lead and would win the game and match 15-10. The Indians hit .360 in the final game and held the Redhawks to a .056 hitting percentage as the Redhawks could only muster three kills in the final game.
Baumstark made some history in the match as she recorded her first triple double of her career with a 12 kill, 49 assist and 15 dig performance. Her 49 assists was a match high and she added three service aces.
Jill Miller (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) and Koeper each recorded their second-straight double-double matches. Miller finished with a team-high 22 kills and 19 digs while hitting .345. Koeper finished with 18 kills and 17 digs.
Lauren Scannell (Belleville, IL/Southwestern Illinois College) finished with 17 digs.
The Indians were led by Larisa Durmisevic with a match-high 23 kills and Iva Adzic and Megan Naborowski who each finished with 23 digs.
The Redhawks return to the court tomorrow to face host Missouri State at 1:00 p.m.