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Volleyball Opens Five-Match Homestand This Weekend

Sept. 20, 2007

Murray State & Tennessee-Martin Match Notes
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Match 13
Murray State (4-8, 1-2) at
Southeast Missouri State (5-7, 2-1)
Ohio Valley Conference Match
Friday, Sept. 21, 2007 - 7 p.m.
Houck Fieldhouse - Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Series History: SEMO leads 43-13
Last Meeting: SEMO, 3-2 (OVC Tournament - 11/16/06)

Match 14 Tennessee-Martin (6-7, 0-3) at Southeast Missouri State Ohio Valley Conference Match Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007 - 2 p.m. Houck Fieldhouse - Cape Girardeau, Mo. Series History: SEMO leads 51-11 Last Meeting: UTM, 3-1 (10/14/06)

This Week:
After playing its first 12 matches on the road to start the season, Southeast Missouri State volleyball opens a five-match homestand at Houck Fieldhouse with a pair of Ohio Valley Conference matches this weekend. The Redhawks face Murray State in their home opener Friday night with the first serve set for 7 p.m. Southeast then closes the weekend against Tennessee-Martin with a start time of 2 p.m.

Scouting The Redhawks:
Southeast kicks off its five-match home gauntlet this weekend sporting a 5-7 record, including a 2-1 mark against conference opponents. The Redhawks closed a season-opening road trip Tuesday night with a five-game victory at Eastern Illinois, their third consecutive match that went the distance. Leading Southeast is senior outside hitter Brittany Hastings' 135 kills (2.76 kpg), while junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger is second on the team with 106 kills (3.21 kpg). Senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader is the Redhawks' leader in blocks with 50 (eight solo, 42 assisted - 1.02 bpg) and service aces with 18 (0.44 sapg). Sophomore setter Sarah Barth has posted a team-best 447 assists (9.72 apg) and sophomore libero Molly Davis leads the team in digs with 233 (4.76 dpg).

Scouting The Racers:
Murray State brings a 4-8 record into Friday's contest and holds a 1-2 record in conference play. The Racers snapped a four-match losing streak with a 3-0 home win over Tennessee-Martin on Tuesday night. Junior outside hitter Alison Mugler paces Murray State with 167 kills (3.71 kpg) and is second on the team with 165 digs (3.67 dpg). Freshman middle hitter Sara Hayden ranks second on the Racers with 135 kills (3.00 kpg) in addition to posting a team-leading 27 blocks (15 solo, 12 assisted - 0.60 dpg). Sophomore setter Cassie Chesney has recorded a team-high 553 assists (12.29 apg) and junior libero Heather Norris, the reigning OVC Defensive Player of the Year, has amassed 236 digs (5.24 dpg) on the year. 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.

Series History:
The Redhawks hold a 43-13 lead in the all-time series with Murray State, which includes claiming wins in five of the last seven meetings since the 2004 season. Last season, the Racers won both regular-season meetings, including a 3-1 victory at Houck Fieldhouse, before Southeast claimed a five-game win at the OVC Tournament in Jacksonville, Ala.

Scouting The Skyhawks:
Tennessee-Martin currently has a season record of 6-7 entering the weekend, including a 0-3 ledger against OVC teams. The Skyhawks opened the week with a 3-0 loss at Murray State Tuesday night before starting a three-match road swing Friday at Eastern Illinois. UTM dropped its first two conference matches last weekend at Skyhawk Fieldhouse to defending conference champion Jacksonville State (3-0) and Samford (3-2). Senior middle blocker Kathryn Sprague, a St. Louis native, leads the Skyhawks with 149 kills (3.10 kpg), 65 blocks (seven solo, 58 assisted - 1.35 bpg) and a .398 hitting percentage. The team's assist leader is senior setter Shelby Knose with 299 (6.95 apg) on the year, while senior libero Anna Gautreau has tallied a team-best 257 assists (5.35 dpg) and senior opposite hitter Dimphy Sasse has scored 20 service aces (0.42 sapg) for UT Martin. Amy Draper is currently in her third season as head coach for Tennessee-Martin, where she has tallied a 32-34 record and holds a career record of 76-105 in six-plus years as a collegiate head coach.

Series History:
Southeast has amassed a 51-11 lifetime record over Tennessee-Martin in the series between the two schools. Since the 2002 season, the Redhawks have produced wins in six of the last 11 meetings with the Skyhawks that also includes three series splits in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Last season, both teams each claimed a victory on its own home court, including a 3-0 win by the Redhawks at Houck Fieldhouse.

Southeast In Home Openers:
Southeast has produced an 8-7 record in home openers since becoming a Division I school in 1991-92 that included snapped a five-match losing streak in home openers with a 3-1 win over Bradley in 2006. In addition, the Redhawks are 12-3 when hosting their first OVC home match in that same span and posted a 3-0 victory over Tennessee-Martin last season.

DeLong Posts New Career Highs In First 20/20 Match:
Sophomore right side/outside hitter Karleigh DeLong produced her first career 20/20 match in leading Southeast to a five-game win at Tennessee Tech last weekend with a pair of career high numbers. DeLong, a native of Corona, Calif., tallied 28 kills and 25 digs while posting a .339 hitting clip against the Golden Eagles.

Freshman Playing Big Time on Defensive End:
Freshman outside hitter Claire Keaton has started to make a name for herself recently on the defensive end. The 5-11 native of St. Louis has averaged 2.86 digs per game over the Redhawks' last five contests, including two of the last three matches. Keaton tallied a career-best 26 digs at Tennessee Tech as part of her collegiate double-double in which she added a career-high 16 kills.

Up Next:
Southeast continues its homestand next week with three matches, starting with a non-conference mid-week contest against Memphis on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. The Redhawks then continue conference play Friday against Morehead State at 7 p.m. and Saturday against Eastern Kentucky beginning at 2 p.m.


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