Volleyball Falls To Tennessee State In OVC Opener
Sept. 14, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Southeast Missouri State volleyball opened its Ohio Valley Conference schedule tonight with a 3-2 (27-30, 30-27, 21-30, 30-27, 12-15) loss to Tennessee State in Nashville. With the win, the Lady Tigers improved to 3-6 (1-0), while the Redhawks dropped their season record to 3-7 (0-1).
Sophomore right side hitter Karleigh DeLong (Corona, Calif./Santiago) paced Southeast with a double-double of a career-best 21 kills and a season-high 18 digs, while junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger (Palos Heights, Ill./Parkland CC) also notched a double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs. Senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader (Columbia, Mo./Hickman) contributed 11 kills and three service aces. Sophomore setter Sarah Barth (Germantown, Ill./Central) recorded a season-high 54 assists and sophomore libero Molly Davis (Muncie, Ind./Burris) added 14 digs.
The host team opened the first game with an early 11-4 lead on a service ace from senior Kelly Davis and later increased its margin to 19-10 on a Southeast hitting error. The Redhawks regrouped with an 11-2 run to even the score at 21-21 thanks to a DeLong kill. TSU later broke a 26-26 tie by scoring four of the stanza's final five points to claim a one-game lead.
Southeast posted a 9-5 advantage on a kill by DeLong early in the second game. Moments later, the visitors hiked its lead to 20-11 on another DeLong kill and a service ace from Dondlinger. The Lady Tigers sliced with their deficit at 26-24 with a 13-6 scoring drive that included five service points from junior Candace Saleaumua. After a Davis kill and a service ace from senior Collese Dornan brought TSU within 28-27, the Redhawks used a Lady Tiger ball handling error and a kill from Schlader to even the match at 1-1 entering intermission.
The Lady Tigers opened the third game with a slim 10-8 leading margin on a Saleaumua kill before Southeast scored three of the next five points to close within 12-11 on a kill from Dondlinger. TSU then used a big defensive effort to scored 18 of the final 28 points to post a 2-1 advantage.
In the fourth game, the Redhawks jumped out to an early 8-3 lead behind two DeLong kills and two service aces from Davis, but TSU came back with a 9-4 scoring run to even the score at 12-12. A 13-7 drive helped Southeast regain the lead at 25-19 that was capped by another DeLong putdown. Junior Christian Lowe brought the home team back to within 26-22 with two service aces and a kill, but three more DeLong kills were a part of Southeast scoring four of the final nine points to send the match into a deciding fifth game.
Both teams fought neck and neck through seven ties in the fifth game before TSU scored the final three points, ending with a block from Davis and Lowe to end the match.
Lowe led the Lady Tigers with a triple-double of 13 kills, 11 digs and 10 blocks (one solo, nine assisted). Davis recorded 13 kills and eight blocks (three solo, five assisted), while Dornan added 10 kills, seven block assists and three service aces. Saleaumua tallied a double-double of 39 assists and 14 digs.
Southeast heads to Cookeville, Tenn., tomorrow afternoon for an OVC contest against Tennessee Tech with the first serve set for 2 p.m.