Redhawks Cage Panthers, 3-0
Nov. 2, 2005
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - (Wednesday, November 2, 2005) The Redhawks volleyball team snapped a three-match losing to streak to Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Illinois with a commanding 3-0 (30-28, 30-18, 30-21) win over the Panthers at Houck Field House Wednesday evening. The win avenged an earlier five-game match loss to Eastern Illinois in Charleston.
The Redhawks (13-14, 9-4 OVC) came out of the gate pumped against the second-place Panthers (14-7, 10-3 OVC) grabbing a quick five point lead, 13-5. The Redhawks extended that lead to six points, 20-14 before the Panthers rallied with an 11-5 run to tie the match at 25 apiece. The Redhawks did not fold under the pressure and went ahead 27-25 before closing out the game with a 30-28 victory. The Redhawks had an attack percentage of .240 while holding the Panthers to a .135 percentage in the opening game.
Game two was all Redhawks despite falling behind 3-1 to start the game. The Redhawks went on a 6-0 run to grab a lead they wouldn't relinquish the entire game. The Redhawks used 19 kills and a .364 attack percentage to record the 12-point game two victory. The Panthers managed to only hit .109 committing eight attack errors.
In game three the Panthers grabbed only there second lead of the match as they jumped ahead early 11-8. The Redhawks responded with a 5-0 run to grab the lead 11-8 and later extended that lead to five 18-13. The Redhawks then took control of the game and grabbed a nine-point lead 28-19 before closing out the game and match 30-21. The Redhawks improved on their game two performance with an attack percentage of .375.
The Redhawks were led by Jessica Koeper (Jackson, MO/Jackson) who recorded her third-straight double-double with 11 kills and a match-high 20 digs. Koeper committed only one attack error enroute to a .370 attack percentage. Koeper leads the team with 16 double-doubles and has recorded a double-double in 10 of the Redhawks last 12 matches. Her 20 digs is her fourth 20+ dig match of the season.
Jill Miller (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) just missed out on her sixth-straight double-double with nine kills and 14 digs. Miller recorded a match-high three service aces to give her 119 career aces, one short for ninth place on the career list.
Senior Lauren Scannell (Belleville, IL/Southwestern Illinois College) extended her streak of double-digit dig matches to 31 with 16 digs. She now has 507 digs this season to surpass her total from last season which ranks second on the school's single season charts. The record is held by Sandy Seiler who had 513 digs in 1992.
Brittany Hastings (Wichita, KS/Circle H.S.) set a career-high with an match-high attack percentage of .579. She recorded 11 kills while not committing a single attack error.
Fellow sophomore Brenna Schlader (Columbia, MO/Hickman) finished with 13 kills and added six blocks on the defensive side.
Setter Jamie Baumstark (Hermann, MO/Hermann) finished with a match-high 42 assists. She finished one dig short of a double-double with nine digs. Defensively she added five blocks. Baumstark recorded her 14th 40+ assist match of the season and has dished out 40 or more assists in seven-straight matches.
The Redhawks had an attack percentage of .317, the second-best mark of the season, while holding the Panthers below their season average of .190 with a .129 attack percentage.
The Redhawks dominated the frontline recording 12 team blocks.
The Redhawks shutdown the Panthers All-OVC duo of Megan Kennedy and Maren Crabtree. Kennedy finished with only eight kills, while Crabtree recorded 33 assists. Jessica Ackerman was the lone Panther in double-digits in kills with 12. Caitlin Balsam finished with a team-high 13 digs.
The Redhawks improved to 5-2 at home including 4-1 against the OVC. The Redhawks have won four-straight against OVC foes at Houck with three matches to play in the regular season all at home.
They face Tennessee Tech on Saturday, November 5. Start time for the match is set for 2:00 p.m. in Houck Field House.