Southeast Volleyball Falls to Eastern Illinois
Oct. 1, 2003
After sweeping the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Saturday, it looked as though the Southeast Missouri Volleyball team had righted itself just in time for OVC play. However, Wednesday night the Otahks fell to Eastern Illinois 3-1.
Southeast (2-13, 1-2 OVC) jumped ahead by winning the first game 30-19. The Otahks hit an outstanding .359 in the game. However, the offensive attack ended there, as the squad hit only .058 the next three games, including a -.071 PCT in game four.
Eastern Illinois (5-11, 2-1 OVC) came into the game as one of the stronger defensive teams in the league, ranking second in blocks per game and third in digs per game. The Panthers also had this week's OVC Defensive Player of the Week in Erica Gerth. In the game, Gerth led EIU with 17 digs, to go along with a match-high 23 kills. Gerth recorded her 1,000th career kill in the second game.
Also leading the Panthers to victory was Megan Kennedy, who had 10 blocks in the match, and Mary Welch who had 11 kills. Nikki Fowler and Leanne Kreps had 22 assists apiece.
For Southeast, Suzanne Gundlach scored yet another double-double, with a team-high 14 kills and match-high 21 digs. It is Gundlach's seventh double-double on the season.
Senior hitter Sarah Frost also reached double digits in kills, with 10, for the second match in a row. Freshmen Jessica Wilfong and Danielle Pegram had nine kills apiece, hitting .333 and .316, respectively.
Also with another strong match was freshman Jamie Baumstark who had eight kills for a .429 hitting percentage, as well as two more aces.
Southeast will play at home for its next two matches. Friday the Otahks play Tennessee State at 7 p.m. and Sunday they play Memphis at 2 p.m. Both matches will be played at Houck Field House.