Volleyball Takes Down Austin Peay, 3-2
Oct. 9, 2004
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team completed it's weekend sweep by defeating Austin Peay, 3-2 (30-13, 30-23, 24-30, 28-30, 15-10) in a Saturday afternoon match in Houck Fieldhouse. The win gave Southeast their second straight Ohio Valley Conference victory after beating Tennessee Tech on Friday night. The win also avenged a September 24 loss to Austin Peay.
Southeast (3-12, 2-3 OVC) started off on fire in game one, taking a commanding 6-1 lead after a Shannon Muesenfechter (Florissant, MO/Incarnate Word Academy) kill led to a Austin Peay (5-12, 2-4 OVC) timeout. The timeout did not held as Southeast kept the offensive show going, building a double digit lead. Back-to-back aces by Lauren Scannell (Belleville, IL/Southwestern Illinois College) gave Southeast a commanding 27-11 lead. Southeast coasted to a 30-13 win, their largest margin of victory in a single game this season. Jessica Koeper (Jackson, MO/Jackson) had seven kills in game one and helped Southeast hit .270 and record 14 kills. The Lady Govs only managed 9 kills and hit a paltry .027.
Game two started off much like game one with Southeast jumping out to a 6-2 lead. The Lady Govs mounted a comeback and tied the game 6-6. Jill Miller (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) recorded back-to-back kills to give Southeast a 12-7 lead. Austin Peay capitalized on a few Southeast errors to cut the lead to 15-14. A Koeper kill stopped the Lady Govs rally. A Jamie Baumstark (Hermann, MO/Hermann) ace and another Koeper kill opened up a 7-point lead, 22-15. Austin Peay mounted another comeback, but a Miller kill, her sixth kill of the game, led to a Lady Govs timeout with the score 26-21. Freshman Brenna Schlader (Columbia, MO/Hickman) and Koeper combined for a block to give Southeast the 30-23 game two victory. Austin Peay was held to a negative .077 hitting percentage, recording more attacking errors (10 errors) then kills (7 kills).
With the chance to win the match in game three, Southeast had the lead 3-1 on a Muesenfechter kill. Southeast kept the lead, at one point leading by five, 13-8 on a Jessica Wilfong (Park Hills, MO/Park Hills) ace. Baumstark recorded an ace to give Southeast a 16-11 lead. The Lady Govs went on a 4-0 run to cut it to 16-15. Yet another Koeper kill stopped the rally. The Lady Govs then rallied again this time pulling ahead, 19-18, the first time in any game that the Lady Govs had a lead. A 6-0 run by Austin Peay help them build a 27-20 lead, their largest of the game. Southeast would cut it to 28-24, but Austin Peay held on for the 30-24 win.
Game four started off with each team volleying back-and-forth with the lead. Austin Peay eventually built a 9-5 lead and held onto it until a Baumstark ace, her second of the game, made it a one-point game, 15-14. A scrappy Austin peat team refused to give up the lead, at one point building a six-point lead, 24-18. Southeast tied the game up, 25-25 on four straight Koeper kills. Another Koeper kill gave Southeast the lead, 26-25. Austin Peay responded with a kill of their own to tie the game up again and they would eventually take the lead and hold on for the 30-28 win. Austin Peay hit .225 in game four.
It seemed like déjà vu for both teams as they would play a game five, in their last match-up Southeast lost a five-game thriller to the Lady Govs. Game five started with each team exchanging kills and points with no team taking command. Southeast reached eight points first forcing each team to switch sides of the court. Southeast seemed determine to not allow the match slip away as they built a two-point lead, 10-7 on a Brittany Hastings (Wichita, KS/Circle H.S.) kill. A block by freshmen Schlader and Hastings gave Southeast a three point lead, 12-9. Baumstark finished off the Lady Govs 15-10 with a kill. Southeast held Austin Peay to a negative .125 hitting percentage.
Koeper had another outstanding game, she recorded her seventh double-double of the year, recording 23 kill and 17 digs. She had an amazing 69 total attacks.
Miller made it five-straight double-doubles with her 15 kill and season-high 27 digs, one off her career-high. She also has seven double-doubles this season.
Baumstark also recorded her seventh double-double, finishing with 56 assists and 10 digs. It too was her fifth-straight double-double and for the third straight game just missed out on a triple double, finishing with nine kills. She also recorded a season-high five aces and hit .263 for the match.
Scannell finished with a career-high 27 digs to keep her streak of consecutive matches in double-digit digs alive at 15 straight matches. She also chipped-in with two aces.
The freshman trio of Schlader, Muesenfechter and Hastings all had noteworthy performances. Schlader had five block and four kills. Muesenfechter had 12 digs for her second straight double-digit dig match.
Hastings came up with key kills in limited action. She had eight kills in only two games, hitting an amazing .500 percent.
Southeast recorded 72 kills and eight aces in the victory. Defensively they held Austin Peay to a .066 hitting percentage, recorded 98 digs and had 10 blocks.
Southeast will take on Tennessee State on Tuesday, October 12 in Nashville, Tennessee before returning home to take on Jacksonville State and Samford next weekend.