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Southeast Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision At Murray State

Oct. 3, 2007

Box Score

MURRAY, Ky. - Southeast Missouri State volleyball opened a two-match Ohio Valley Conference road swing here tonight with a 3-0 (30-27, 30-22, 30-26) loss to host Murray State at Racer Arena. The Racers hiked their season record to 8-8 (5-2), while the Redhawks dropped to 8-10 (4-4).

Freshman middle blocker Emily Hughes (Memphis, Tenn./St. Benedict) paced Southeast with a career-best 10 kills, three block assists and a .450 hitting clip, while junior setter Alyssa Aston (Franklin, Tenn./Franklin) tallied a double-double of 26 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore right side hitter Karleigh DeLong (Corona, Calif./Santiago) and sophomore libero Molly Davis (Muncie, Ind./Burris) posted 12 digs, respectively, and freshman middle blocker Claire Keaton (St. Louis, Mo./Incarnate Word) added a career-high five blocks, including four block assists.

The Racers started the opening game with a 10-4 lead on a Redhawk hitting error before the visitors tallied the next five points to pull within a single point on a kill from DeLong. Murray State later scored six consecutive points that snapped a 13-13 tie to capture a 19-13 leading margin on another Southeast hitting error. After consecutive kills from junior Alison Mugler and a service ace from junior Heather Norris hiked the home team's advantage to 28-21, the Redhawks posted a 6-1 scoring drive to close their deficit to 29-27 before a Mugler kill put Murray State ahead by a 1-0 margin.

Murray State claimed a 7-4 advantage in the second game on a service ace from senior Tara DeMage and later used a pair of service aces from Mugler to post an 11-5 lead. Hughes later brought Southeast to within 14-12 after producing five straight points on three kills and a pair of block assists with Keaton. The Racers came back by producing 16 of the stanza's final 26 points to enter intermission with a two-game lead.

A 6-0 run helped the Racers break an early 6-6 tie in the third game behind two kills from DeMage and a pair of service aces courtesy of junior Alyssa Groves to capture a 12-6 lead. A kill by Lamb later increased Murray State's advantage to 17-10 before Southeast posted a 12-6 run to close its gap to 23-22 on a DeLong kill. That would be as close as the Redhawks could get as the Racers closed the match with a 7-4 run, culminating with a kill from freshman Sara Hayden.

DeMage (15 kills, 14 digs) and Mugler (10 kills, 15 digs) tallied double-doubles to lead Murray State, while Norris finished with 12 digs and two service aces.

The Redhawks are back in action Thursday night with an OVC match at Austin Peay beginning at 7 p.m.


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