Volleyball Nets First OVC Victory
Oct. 8, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team got a small measure of revenge on Friday night when they defeated Tennessee Tech, 3-2 (30-19, 26-30, 30-15, 20-30, 15-7) to earn their first Ohio Valley Conference victory of the season. On September 25, Southeast lost a tough 4-game match in Cookeville to the Golden Eagles. This time it was tougher, but the outcome was in Southeast's favor.
In game one Tech jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead, but Southeast went on a 4-0 run to take the lead. A Jessica Koeper (Jackson, MO/Jackson) kill gave Southeast a 14-8 lead and they kept building on that deficit. Back-to-back kills by Jamie Baumstark (Hermann, MO/Hermann) and Jessica Wilfong (Park Hills, MO/Park Hills) gave Southeast a 25-17 advantage. That was quickly followed by consecutive Tech errors to make it 27-17 and gave Southeast the necessary cushion for the easy 30-19 win. Southeast held tech to a .022 hitting percentage, offensively Southeast recorded 14 kills and 3 aces.
Southeast carried the momentum into the start of game two, starting off with a 3-0 lead. A Baumstark kill gave Southeast a 10-6 lead, their largest of the game. Tech was determined not to let this game get out of control like game one. The eventually tied the game at 13 apiece, and then proceeded to go on a 5-0 run for an 18-13 lead. Southeast cut it 19-17 on a Shannon Muesenfechter (Florissant, MO/Incarnate Word Academy) ace. But Tech would not relinquish the lead. A Koeper kill cut it to a one point game, 25-24; however that would be the closest Southeast would come as the dropped game two, 30-26. Tech bounced back with a .190 hitting percentage.
Game three was all Southeast, jumping out to a quick 6-2 lead that turned to 16-4 lead thanks in large part to numerous Tech errors and excellent team play by Southeast. They coasted to the easy 30-15 victory, their largest margin of victory in any game this season. The Southeast defense held Tech to a woeful negative .048 hitting percentage as the offense responded by hitting .195.
How would Tech respond in game four was the question in everyone's mind at the start of the game? Tech answered with a fast 9-2 lead to start off the game. Another Muesenfechter ace cut the margin to three, 10-7 and helped spark a Southeast rally. Freshman Brenna Schlader (Columbia, MO/Hickman), playing for the first time since the Missouri match, recorded a kill to make it a one point game, 12-11. Unfortunately that would be the closest the Otahkians would come to overtaking the Golden Eagles as they would drop game four, 30-20 to force game five. Game five started in Tech's advantage, 3-1. A Baumstark kill gave Southeast a 4-3 lead and that was followed by back-to-back Koeper kills to give Southeast the quick 6-3 lead. Southeast held on to the lead thanks in part to back-to-back Baumstark aces. A Tech attacking error gave Southeast the 15-7 game five victory and more importantly their first conference victory of the season. Southeast hit .286 in the final game.
Koeper was one dig away from recording a 20 kill-20 dig night. Her 21 kills and 19 digs gave her sixth doubles-doubles on the year.
Koeper was one of three Southeast players to record double-doubles.
Jill Miller (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) recorded her fourth straight double-double with an 11 kill/15 dig night. It's her sixth double-double of the year as well.
Not to be outdone, Baumstark recorded her sixth double-double with a 48 assist/15 dig outing. It's Baumstark's fourth straight double-double. For the second game in a row Baumstark just missed a triple-double by two kills. Baumstark added four service aces and four blocks, all block assists.
Wilfong hit a scorching .300 percent in recording her 12 kills. She also pitched in with four blocks.
Muesenfechter set a career-high with 15 digs and Lauren Scannell (Belleville, IL/Southwestern Illinois College) kept her streak of 14-straight matches in double-digit digs, recording 18.
Schlader also set a career-high in kills with seven on a .250 hitting percentage.
Tech was led by Laura Sidorowicz who had a team-high 16 kills and a game-high 27 digs.
Southeast held Tech to a .093 hitting percentage in the five games, recording more kills than Tech 62-44. Southeast also had a season-high eight aces as Tech recorded none.
Next for Southeast is an afternoon affair against Austin Peay tomorrow. Match time is set for 2:00 PM in Houck Fieldhouse.