Southeast Slams Eastern Illinois
Oct. 30, 2003
Cape Girardeau, Mo. - The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team continued to roll, as they swept the Eastern Illinois Panthers (7-19, 4-7 OVC) 3-0.
Southeast (9-16, 8-4 OVC) has now won four consecutive matches, and six of its last eight. With the win, the Otahks remain is fourth place in the OVC, still within striking distance of the three teams ahead of them in the standings. Southeast has four matches remaining, three of which are against the teams currently ahead of them.
In the sweep of the Panthers, Southeast hit an outstanding .312 PCT. as a team. Three Otahks had double digits in kills. Jessica Wilfong had a huge game as she led all Southeast players with 11 kills and a .450 hitting percentage. The freshman currently leads the team in that category with a .314 PCT.
For the fifth match in a row both Sarah Frost and Suzanne Gundlach each had 10 or more kills. Each finished the match with EIU with 10 kills. Frost hit .360 on 25 booming attempts, while Gundlach hit .258 on 31 swings. For Gundlach, it her seventh consecutive match to score 10 or more kills.
Eastern Illinois standout hitter Erica Gerth led all scorers as she posted 12 kills. However, the stingy defense of Southeast kept Gerth's hitting percentage to a manageable .176. Jill Miller led the way for Southeast in digs, as she recorded 10 in the match. It is the 18th time this season she has scored double digits in digs.
The Panthers were led defensively by Gerth and Chandra Hensley, who scored 12 and 10 digs, respectively.
Senior setter, and current OVC player of the week, Emily Scannell had 36 assists in the match, leaving her just three shy of second all-time in OVC history. This comes just six days after she took over the third spot in league history. Scannell has 5,047 assists in her career. Nikki Fowler had 29 assists for EIU.
Southeast has the next week off, as its next game will be against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 7. They then will play Morehead State on Nov. 8. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m. at Houck Field House.