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Junior Aubrey Dondlinger recorded a match-best 14 kills against Tennessee State (Photo by Patrick Clark)
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Volleyball Captures 3-0 Win Over Tennessee State

Oct. 18, 2007

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Southeast Missouri State volleyball held visiting Tennessee State to a .085 hitting percentage as it claimed a 3-0 (30-18, 30-25, 30-21) win in an Ohio Valley Conference match tonight at Houck Fieldhouse. With the win, the Redhawks improve to 13-10 (8-4), while the Lady Tigers' saw their record fall to 11-11 (9-4) on the year.

Junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger (Palos Heights, Ill./Parkland CC) recorded a match-best 14 kills and added eight digs to lead Southeast, while sophomore right side Karleigh DeLong (Corona, Calif./Santiago) produced 12 kills with eight digs. Freshman outside hitter Claire Keaton (St. Louis, Mo./Incarnate Word) contributed 10 kills and sophomore libero Molly Davis (Muncie, Ind./Burris) notched a match-best 15 digs. Sophomore setter Sarah Barth (Germantown, Ill./Central) tallied a double-double of 29 assists and 12 digs for the Redhawks.

The Redhawks opened the first game with an early 5-1 lead on a kill from Keaton and a service ace from freshman defensive specialist Kelly Benacka (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs). Back-to-back Dondlinger kills later gave Southeast its largest lead of the stanza at 25-15 and a 5-3 scoring run handed the home team a 1-0 advantage.

Tennessee State claimed a 4-2 advantage to begin the second game, but Southeast scored a 4-2 run of its own to forge a 6-6 tie. Consecutive kills from DeLong ended a 6-3 scoring run as the Redhawks produced a 15-9 lead, but the Lady Tigers tallied an 11-5 run to even the score at 20-20. Southeast then entered intermission with a 2-0 leading margin after scoring 10 of the final 15 points to close the game.

In the third game, Dondlinger notched five service points as the Redhawks scored a 6-1 lead and later hiked their advantage to 10-3 on a TSU hitting error. After a kill from Barth later brought Southeast's leading margin at 20-11, the Lady Tigers sliced their deficit to 22-16 with a 5-2 run thanks to a kill and three service points from junior Candace Saleaumua. The Redhawks ended the game by scoring eight of the final 13 points for the win.

Senior Collese Dornan and junior Christian Lowe each tallied eight kills to pace Tennessee State, while senior Kelly Davis posted six kills. Saleaumua recorded 24 assists, eight digs and six kills for the Lady Tigers, who also received nine digs from freshman Melissa Silva.

The Redhawks held advantages in kills (53-35), assists (46-32) and digs (52-46), while TSU garnered a 5.0-4.0 leading margin in blocks.

Southeast battles Tennessee Tech tomorrow evening in an OVC contest with the first serve set for 7 p.m.


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