Volleyball Falls to 1st Place Eastern Illinois, 3-1
Oct. 28, 2004
By: Patrick Clark -
CHARLESTON, Ill. - (Wednesday, October 27, 2004) The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team traveled to Charleston, Illinois with hopes of upsetting first place Eastern Illinois on their home court. Unfortunately the Panthers had other ideas and were too much for Southeast as they dropped a four-game match to the Panthers (30-27, 23-30, 18-30, 22-30). The loss drops Southeast to 6-15 overall and 5-6 in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Game one went back and forth exchanging points and lead. The Panthers (20-4, 11-0 OVC) pulled ahead 16-13 and kept that lead till a Brenna Schlader (Columbia, MO/Hickman) kill cut it to a one-point game, 19-18 in favor of the Panthers. Southeast would tie and then take the lead on a Panther attack error for a 21-20 lead. That lead extended to 24-20 on a Brittany Hastings (Wichita, KS/Circle H.S.) kill. The Panthers rallied and cut their deficit to one, but Schlader recorded another kill to make it 28-26. A Panthers attack error gave Southeast the game-point advantage, 29-27. Jessica Koeper (Jackson, MO/Jackson) ended the game with a kill for the 30-27 victory. Koeper finished with eight kills. Jamie Baumstark (Hermann, MO/Hermann) dished out 16 assists. Southeast hit .260 and kept the Panthers at .217.
Baumstark started game two with an ace and Koeper followed that with a kill for a quick 2-0 lead. The Panthers served up back-to-back aces to take the lead 4-3 a lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the game. Southeast would tie the game at nine on a Koeper kill, but could not maintain any rallies. The Panthers would pull ahead by as much as 10-points as they won game two 30-23. The Panthers hit .289 and used five service aces to defeat Southeast.
Southeast went ahead 5-4 on a Lauren Scannell (Belleville, IL/Southwestern Illinois College) ace which was followed by back-to-back kills by Hastings and Jill Miller (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) to make it 7-4 in favor of Southeast. Shannon Muesenfechter (Florissant, MO/Incarnate Word Academy) recorded an ace to make it 11-6 and led to a Panthers timeout. Jessica Wilfong (Park Hills, MO/Park Hills) recorded a kill after the timeout making it 12-7, the largest lead for Southeast. The Panthers responded with a 8-3 run to tie the game at 15 apiece and leading to a Southeast timeout. Hastings recorded a kill and teamed-up with Schlader on a block to give Southeast a two-point lead, 17-15. The Panthers once again tied the game and eventually pulled ahead. The Panthers then went on an amazing 15-1 run for the game three win and a 2 games to 1 advantage. Southeast was held to a minus-.060 hitting percentage as the Panthers hit .286.
The Panthers continued their hot play in game four jumping ahead 8-3 and forcing a Southeast timeout. That lead quickly became a nine-point deficit for Southeast, 14-5. The Panthers pushed their lead to ten, 18-8. That lead became 11 on a Panthers kill, 20-9. Southeast tried to claw their way back cutting the lead to eight but Panthers lead was too much to overcome. The Panthers closed out Southeast with a kill and a 30-22 victory.
Koeper finished with 22 kills and 12 digs on a .347 hitting percentage. It is her 12th double-double of the season and fourth straight. She has recorded double-doubles in nine of her last 10 games. It is also the fourth time this season Koeper has recorded 20 or more digs in a single match.
Hastings recorded her fifth straight double-digit kill match with a career-high 15 kills.
Scannell finished with a team-high 20 digs and Miller also added 15 digs for Southeast. For Scannell it is her 20th double-digit dig match of the year.
Baumstark finished with 49 assists, the ninth time this season she has recorded 40 or more assists in a match.
Southeast returns home this weekend to host Tennessee State on Saturday at 7:00 P.M. and will face non-conference for Drake on Sunday at 2:00 P.M. Both matches will be in the Houck Fieldhouse.