Sept. 13, 2007
Tennessee State-Tennessee Tech Match Notes
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -
Southeast Missouri State (3-6, 0-0) at
Tennessee State (2-6, 0-0)
Ohio Valley Conference Match
Friday, Sept. 14, 2007 - 7 p.m.
Kean Hall - Nashville, Tenn.
Series History: SEMO leads 32-2
Last Meeting: SEMO, 3-0 (OVC Tournament - 11/17/06)
Southeast Missouri State at
Tennessee Tech (6-5, 0-0)
Ohio Valley Conference Match
Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007 - 2 p.m.
Eblen Center - Cookeville, Tenn.
Series History: SEMO leads 29-7
Last Meeting: TTU, 3-1 (11/4/06)
Southeast Missouri State volleyball heads to the state of Tennessee for a pair of matches this weekend to open its 20-match Ohio Valley Conference schedule. The Redhawks battle Tennessee State in Nashville on Friday night beginning at 7 p.m. On the following day, Southeast takes on Tennessee Tech at the Eblen Center in Cookeville with a start time of 2 p.m.
Scouting The Redhawks:
Southeast opens its 2007 OVC slate this weekend with a 3-6 season record and has dropped its last five matches. The Redhawks fell to Saint Louis, Connecticut and IUPUI in four-game decision at the Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational last weekend in St. Louis. Junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger currently leads Southeast with 106 kills (3.21 kpg) and is second on the team with 87 digs (2.64 dpg). Senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader has tallied a team-leading 34 blocks (seven solo, 24 assisted - 1,00 bpg) and 15 service aces (0.44 sapg), while sophomore setter Sarah Barth is the Redhawks' assist leader with 282 (9.10 apg). Sophomore libero Molly Davis has amassed a team-best with 164 digs (4.82 dpg) on the year.
Scouting The Tigers:
Tennessee State enters the weekend with a record of 2-6 and is in the middle of a three-match homestand. The Lady Tigers kicked off their home slate Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over visiting Alabama A&M that snapped a six-match losing skid. It was the first match for TSU in 11 days after competing at the Western Kentucky Invitational. Senior outside/opposite hitter Kelly Davis is the Lady Tigers' top hitter with 98 kills (3.16 kpg) and a .238 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Endia Oliver leads TSU in blocking with 55 blocks (11 solo, 44 assisted - 1.77) and currently ranks second among the NCAA Division I blocking leaders. Junior setter Candace Saleaumua has amassed a team-high 290 assists (9.35 apg), 108 digs (3.48 dpg) and 11 service aces (0.35 sapg) on the year. The Lady Tigers are coached by Kathy Roulhac, who is currently in her fifth season and has posted a 49-58 record at the Nashville, Tenn., school.
The Redhawks hold a commanding 32-2 lifetime lead in their series with Tennessee State. Last season, both teams split the series, 1-1, including Southeast's 3-0 win over the Lady Tigers at the OVC Tournament semifinals in Jacksonville, Ala. TSU was victorious in the teams' only regular-season meeting in 2006 with a four-game win in Cape Girardeau.
Scouting The Golden Eagles:
Tennessee Tech holds a season record of 5-5 entering this weekend and is in the middle of a three-match homestand. The Golden Eagles opened their home slate Tuesday night with a 3-0 non-conference win over Belmont. Last weekend, Tech claimed wins over Chattanooga (3-2) and UNC Asheville (3-0) sandwiched with a 3-0 loss to Missouri State at the Chattanooga Invitational. Freshman outside hitter Leah Meffert, the reigning OVC Offensive Player of the Week, leads the Golden Eagles with 195 kills (4.53 kpg) and 10 service aces (0.23 sapg). Sophomore middle blocker Erin Lynn has amassed a team-best 37 total blocks (10 solo, 27 assisted - 0.90 bpg), while sophomore outside hitter Amanda Lindgren is second in kills with 162 (4.15 kpg) this season. Junior setter Kappy Lang is Tech's leader in assists (529 - 12.30 apg) and is tied with Meffert for the team lead in service aces (10 - 0.23 sapg). Sophomore libero Katie Kenline is the Golden Eagles' digs leader with 228 (5.30 dpg) and is the current OVC Defensive Player of the Week. Tech is guided by fifth-year head coach John Blair, who has tallied a career record of 321-440 in 28-plus seasons, including a 47-79 ledger in four seasons in Cookeville, Tenn.
Southeast has produced a 29-7 advantage in the all-time series with Tennessee Tech, which includes victories in 10 of the last 12 meetings since 2001. The Redhawks and the Golden Eagles each captured a win on their respective home courts last season, including a 3-1 win by Tech in Cookeville.
Southeast's Successes In OVC Openers:
The Redhawks have tallied a 4-2 record in Ohio Valley Conference opening matches since 2001. Friday's match marks the first time in seven years that Southeast has opened its conference slate against a team from Tennessee other than Austin Peay or Tennessee-Martin.
Hastings' 20-Kill Pickup:
Senior outside hitter Brittany Hastings posted a career-best 20 kills versus UConn last Saturday at Saint Louis. The 5-11 Hastings eclipsed her previous career high total of 19 kills set last season against Bradley and she posted 15 kills at North Florida on Aug. 31, which was her previous season-high.
Barth Hits Huskies With Triple Whammy:
Sophomore setter Sarah Barth posted her second career triple-double last weekend with a season-best 51 assists, a career-high 11 kills and 10 digs last weekend against UConn. Barth currently averages 9.10 assists, 2.13 digs and 1.42 kills per game this season.
Southeast closes its month-long road trip with an OVC contest at Eastern Illinois on Sept. 18 with a start time of 7 p.m. The Redhawks open a five-match homestand at Houck Fieldhouse on Sept. 21 against Murray State beginning at 7 p.m.