DeLong Leads Redhawks In Five-Game Win At Tennessee Tech
Sept. 15, 2007
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Sophomore right side hitter Karleigh DeLong (Corona, Calif./Santiago) notched a double-double with a career-high 28 kills and a career-best 25 digs as Southeast Missouri State volleyball defeated Tennessee Tech in five games (25-30, 30-24, 24-30, 30-24, 15-13) this afternoon at the Eblen Center in Cookeville, Tenn. The Redhawks improve to 4-7 (1-1) with the win and the Golden Eagles fell to 7-6 (1-1).
Freshman outside hitter Claire Keaton (St. Louis, Mo./Incarnate Word) recorded a double-double with a season-best 16 kills and 26 digs, while sophomore setter Sarah Barth (Germantown, Ill./Central) posted a double-double of a career-high 62 assists with 16 digs. Senior outside hitter Brittany Hastings (Wichita, Kan./Circle) added 15 kills and sophomore libero Molly Davis (Muncie, Ind./Burris) notched 25 digs.
Tech gained an early 8-4 lead in the first game on a block from junior Caitlin Bullock and freshman Leah Meffert before the visitors used a 5-1 run to produce a 9-8 lead on a block by junior middle blocker Kim Unnerstall (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) and junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger (Palos Heights, Ill./Parkland CC). The Golden Eagles later responded by scoring 16 of the next 26 points to take a 25-19 lead. After Southeast sliced its deficit to 28-25 on a TTU hitting error, the home team captured a 1-0 lead thanks to a kill from sophomore Amanda Lindgren and a Redhawk hitting error.
The second game saw Southeast claim an 11-9 lead on a DeLong kill and a service ace by Davis. A kill from senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader (Columbia, Mo./Hickman) later hiked the Redhawk advantage to four at 17-13 before Tech scored the four of the next five points to close within 18-17 on a Lindgren kill. The Redhawks came back with a 12-7 scoring drive to even the match at 1-1 heading into intermission.
Southeast opened the third game with kills from Keaton and Barth for a 12-6 advantage. The Golden Eagles tallied an 11-5 run to gain a 17-15 lead, highlighted by two kills each by Bullock and sophomore Erin Lynn. A TTU hitting error brought the Redhawks to within a point at 22-21 before the home team scored eight of the final 11 points to gain a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth game, the Redhawks snapped an early 10-10 tie with a 10-4 run to claim a 20-14 lead on a block from DeLong and Schlader. Tech bounced back with a 7-3 drive to close its deficit to 24-21 on a Meffert kill. A kill by Keaton jumpstarted a game-closing 6-3 run that sent the match into a deciding fifth-game. Southeast posted a 10-4 lead to start the final game behind three kills from DeLong before Tech bounced back with a 9-0 scoring run to close within 14-13. DeLong responded with a game-closing kill to seal the win for Southeast.
"I am very pleased that we went 1-1 to open our conference schedule," Southeast head coach Renata Nowacki stated. "The girls were patient today and we had several players make good contributions. Karleigh played exceptionally well for us on both ends of the floor this afternoon while Claire (Keaton) and Molly (Davis) played solid defensively."
Meffert (21 kills and 23 digs) and junior Kappy Lang (56 assists, 20 digs) paced Tech with double-doubles, while junior Jessica Apslund posted 13 kills and Lynn added 11 kills. Sophomore Katie Kenline contributed a match-high 30 digs for the Golden Eagles.
The Redhawks head to Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, Sept. 18 for an OVC contest and their final road match in the month of September with a start time of 7 p.m.