Volleyball Ends Homestand With 3-1 Win Over Eastern Kentucky
Sept. 29, 2007
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Three players tallied double-doubles to help Southeast Missouri State post a 3-1 (30-23, 30-27, 21-30, 30-25) victory over Eastern Kentucky in an Ohio Valley Conference volleyball contest this afternoon at Houck Fieldhouse. The Redhawks improved to 8-9 (4-3) on the year and the Colonels dropped their season record to 1-15 (0-5).
Sophomore right side hitter Karleigh DeLong (Corona, Calif./Santiago) posted a match-high 20 kills with 14 digs, while junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger (Palos Heights, Ill./Parkland CC) added 15 kills and 13 digs. Junior setter Alyssa Aston (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) recorded 54 assists and 10 digs in addition to sophomore libero Molly Davis (Muncie, Ind./Burris) producing 19 digs.
The Redhawks used a kill from junior middle blocker Kim Unnerstall (Washington, Mo./St. Francis Borgia) and a solo block from Dondlinger to claim an 11-6 lead in the first game. A kill from DeLong gave Southeast its biggest lead of the stanza at 17-10 with a kill before EKU scored 10 of the next 20 points to slice its deficit to 24-20. A DeLong solo block then jumpstarted a quick 6-3 run to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
Southeast opened the second game with a 10-5 advantage on a service ace from senior outside hitter Brittany Hastings (El Dorado, Kan./Circle) before the Colonels later pulled within 14-13 on a kill from junior Bridget Mustard. An 8-2 run, led by three DeLong kills, brought the Redhawks' leading margin to 22-15 and a kill from senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader (Columbia, Mo./Hickman) hiked the lead to 23-16. An 8-3 scoring drive brought the visitors to within 26-24 that culminated on a service ace from freshman Kate Hendle, but the Redhawks scored four of the final seven points to enter intermission with a two games to none margin.
EKU rallied for a 9-4 lead early in the third game that ended with a Hendle kill and later increased its lead to 20-13 on back-to-back service aces from freshman Leah Nelson. Kills from DeLong and Hastings closed Southeast's deficit to 24-17, but the Colonels tallied six of the final 10 points to chop the home team's lead at 2-1.
In the fourth game, the Redhawks broke an early 4-4 tie with an 8-4 run to gain a 12-8 advantage which ended on a service ace from Dondlinger. After EKU later came back to tie the score at 17-17, Southeast broke free with a 7-1 scoring drive to gain a 24-18 lead on a Colonel hitting error. The visitors then sliced their deficit to 25-23 on a service ace from Fago and a Nelson kill before the Redhawks closed the match by tallying five of the final seven points.
EKU was led by sophomore Amanda Wilson's 18 kills as she was one of three players to produce double-digit kills. Fago added a double-double of 17 kills and 15 digs, while Nelson contributed 17 kills. Senior Brittany Nobilio posted a match-high 30 digs for the Colonels.
Southeast kicks off a short two-match road trip next week for a pair of Ohio Valley Conference matches, starting at Murray State on Tuesday, Oct. 2 with a start time of 7 p.m.