Volleyball Bounces Back With 3-1 Victory Over Samford
Oct. 16, 2004
By: Patrick Clark -
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Saturday, October 16, 2004) The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team was able to bounce back from their tough 5-game loss to Jacksonville State Friday night with a convincing 4-game victory over Samford. Southeast won 30-26, 30-26, 27-30, 30-15 to earn their fourth victory in their last five matches. The loss was the fifth straight for Samford.
Southeast (5-13, 4-4 OVC) took control of game one when a Lauren Scannell (Belleville, IL/Southwestern Illinois College) ace gave Southeast a two-point advantage, 6-4. Samford (4-13, 2-6 OVC) rallied back to tie and eventually took a two-point lead of their own. They extended their lead to five on back-to-back blocks, 13-8. Southeast rallied themselves to tie the game at 14. A Brittany Hastings (Wichita, KS/Circle H.S.) kill gave Southeast a 17-16 lead and led to a Bulldog timeout. After the timeout Southeast increased their lead to three, highlighted by another Scannell ace. Southeast would jump ahead by as much as four, but yet another Bulldog rally cut it to two. 22-20. A Jessica Koeper (Jackson, MO/Jackson) kill brought the lead back to four, 27-23. Koeper would eventually close the game out with a kill. Southeast recorded four aces in game one and recorded 12 kills to Samford's eight kills.
Scannell's hot serving hand carried over to game two as she gave Southeast a 5-2 lead on an ace following a Jessica Wilfong (Park Hills, MO/Park Hills) and Hastings block. Samford gained the lead temporarily, 7-6. Hastings tied the game at 7 all with a kill that would eventually spark a 5-0 Southeast run. Samford capitalized on three straight Southeast errors to tie the game. Southeast quickly regained the lead, 16-15. Samford again took back the lead, 20-19, but Jamie Baumstark (Hermann, MO/Hermann) and Wilfong combined on a block to tie it up again. Samford pulled ahead by four, 25-21 and seemed to have the advantage. Brenna Schlader (Columbia, MO/Hickman) recorded a block and Wilfong served an ace to tie it at 25. Southeast went on a 5-1 run, highlighted by a Baumstark ace, A Schlader kill and a Hastings kill to end game two in Southeast's favor. Scannell and Jill Miller (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) each recorded nine digs in the game.
Game three started off in Samford's favor, jumping ahead 6-4. That lead increased to 9-6 and then back-to-back Samford kills opened up a 6-point lead, 14-8. Southeast would cut it to two, 16-14 and would tie it at 19-all on a Baumstark kill. Another Baumstark kill gave Southeast their first lead of the game since opening the game 1-0. Samford regained the lead 22-21, but a Schlader kill again tied it at 22 apiece. Both teams would exchange points, but a Samford 3-0 run gave them a 26-23 lead. A Miller kill again pulled Southeast to within one, 28-27 but Samford closed out game three with two straight points.
Southeast was determined to not let the match go into extra games, jumping out to a 6-1 lead. That lead became six points on a Miller kill, 12-6. Back-to-back kills by Wilfong and Koeper made it an eight-point lead, 14-6. Southeast reached 20 points with a 10-point lead. A Shannon Muesenfechter (Florissant, MO/Incarnate Word Academy) ace and Wilfong kill made it 25-12 and Southeast coasted to the game and match victory, 30-15. Southeast held Samford to a .000 hitting percentage in game four.
Miller recorded her eighth double-double of the season with a 12 kill/20 dig outing. She also added two aces.
Scannell recorded a career-high 31 digs and extended her streak of consecutive matches with double digit digs to 18-straight. She finished with a game-high three aces.
Baumstark recorded 38 assists, 9 kills and 8 digs. She hit a game-high .350 and served-up two aces.
Southeast finished with 10 aces and won despite being out-hit, taking advantage of numerous Bulldog errors. Samford had 7 service aces, 5 blocking errors and 4 ball-handling errors.
Southeast will play on the road their next three matches. They take on Tennessee-Martin on Friday, October 22.