Redhawks Season Ends in OVC Semifinals
Nov. 19, 2005
CHARLESTON, Ill. - (Saturday, November 19, 2005) The Redhawks volleyball team saw their 2005 season come to a bittersweet close as they lost to No. 1 seed and regular season Ohio Valley Conference Champions Eastern Kentucky, 3-0 (23-30, 24-30, 22-30) in the semifinal game of the O'Reilly OVC Volleyball Championship Tournament in Charleston, Illinois Saturday afternoon. The loss gives the Redhawks a final record of 16-16, the most wins for the program since the 2000 season for the Redhawks and gave the Redhawks their first .500 finish since the 2001 season.
The Redhawks came out tight in game one as they fell behind quickly 5-1 to the Colonels (23-6) and couldn't overcome their early deficit as the Colonels built up their lead pulling ahead 11-4. The Colonels controlled the tempo of the game throughout as they won by seven points. The Colonels only hit .167 but held the Redhawks to a minus .020 attack percentage. The Redhawks only had 10 kills, while committing 11 attack errors.
In game two the Redhawks grabbed their first lead of the match jumping ahead by as much as three, 8-5. The Panthers stormed back to tie the game at 9-9 and went on a 11-2 run to grab a 20-12 lead. The Redhawks countered with a run of their own as they mounted a 8-4 run to cut the lead to two, 24-22. That would be as close as the Redhawks would get as the Colonels closed the game with a 6-2 run for the game two win.
The Colonels recorded 20 kills as they had an attack percentage of .245 and held the Redhawks to a .174 percentage. Jessica Koeper (Jackson, MO/Jackson) led the Redhawks with six kills in the second game.
Smelling blood the Colonels came out the aggressors in the third and potential deciding game as they jumped ahead 8-2. That lead quickly became nine points 14-5 as they Colonels kept the offensive pressure alive and attack the Redhawks frontline. The Redhawks cut the lead to six, 16-10 and later to five 26-21. But it was too little to late as the Colonels closed the game and match with a 4-0 run.
The finished the match with an attack percentage of .068 while the Colonels hit .220.
Koeper finished with her team-leading 21st double-double of the season with a team high 12 kills and 10 digs. She finishes the season with 493 kills which ranks 10th on the school's single season charts. She has 1,012 career kills which ranks 10th on the all-time career list.
Senior co-captain Lauren Scannell (Belleville, IL/Southwestern Illinois College) ended her Redhawk career with a match-high 24 digs. She finishes the season with a school record 616 digs. For her two-year career she finishes with 1,122 career digs which ranks ninth all-time. Scannell recorded double digits in digs in all but four matches in her career for the Redhawks.
Another Redhawk saw her career come to a close as Jill Miller (Muncie, IN/Muncie Central) closed her memorable four-year career with six kills and nine digs. She finishes with 1,451 career digs which ranks third on the school's all-time charts. She also finishes with 128 career aces which ranks ninth on the all-time charts.
Jamie Baumstark (Hermann, MO/Hermann) finished with her 11th double-double of the season with a team-high 27 assists and 13 digs. She now has 2,471 career assists which ranks fifth on the school's all-time charts. She also has 163 career service aces which also ranks fifth all-time.
Brenna Schlader (Columbia, MO/Hickman) finished with a match-high six blocks.
The Colonels were led by All-OVC First Teamer Liz Guard with a match-high 17 kills. Jessica Sabath recorded a double-double with 12 kills and a team-high 19 digs. OVC Defensive Player of the Year Brittany Nobilio finished with 18 digs. Setter Kelly Jennings finished with a match-high 46 assists and added 11 digs.
The Colonels advance to the OVC Finals where they will face the winner of the Tennessee State and Jacksonville State match
The OVC All-Tournament Team will be selected after the completion of the OVC Championship Match which will be nationally televised on ESPNU and regionally on UPN The Beat, a station out of Cape Girardeau, Mo., which reaches 180,000 households in the Paducah, Ky.-Cape Girardeau, Mo.-Harrisburg, Ill. market. Start time for the match is noon.