Oct. 17, 2007
Tennessee State-Tennessee Tech2 Match Notes
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.-
Southeast Missouri State volleyball returns to Houck Fieldhouse this week to start a three-match homestand starting with a pair of Ohio Valley Conference contests for Homecoming Week. Southeast kicks off the week Thursday evening against Tennessee State with a start time of 6 p.m. Next up for the Redhawks will be Tennessee Tech on Friday starting at 7 p.m.
Scouting The Redhawks:
Southeast is currently 12-10 on the year that includes a 7-4 mark in OVC play and has won its last four matches. After producing a 3-1 midweek home win over Southern Illinois, the Redhawks were successful in Alabama last weekend with a pair of four-game wins over Samford and defending OVC champ Jacksonville State. Sophomore right side hitter Karleigh DeLong has posted a team-best 276 kills (3.73 kpg) and is second on the team with 254 digs (3.43 dpg). Junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger is the team's service aces leader with 20 (0.25 sapg) and ranks second in kills with 266 (3.28 kpg), while sophomore setter Sarah Barth has recorded a team-best 702 assists (10.32 apg). Leading the Redhawks' defense are senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader with 76 blocks (12 solo, 64 assisted - 0.93 bpg) and sophomore libero Molly Davis with 418 digs (4.80 dpg).
Scouting The Lady Tigers:
Tennessee State heads into Cape Girardeau with a record of 11-10 on the year and has 9-3 ledger against OVC competition. The Lady Tigers have captured six of their last eight contests, but saw a three-match win streak snapped Tuesday night after falling to Eastern Kentucky in four games at home. Last weekend, TSU was victorious over Austin Peay (3-0) and Tennessee Tech (3-1). Senior outside hitter Kelly Davis leads the Lady Tigers with 246 kills (3.04 kpg), while Christian Lowe has produced a team-best .251 hitting percentage in addition to ranking second in kills (173 - 2.15 kpg) and blocks (82 - nine solo, 73 assisted - 1.02 bpg). Senior middle blocker Endia Oliver is currently ranked third in NCAA Division I with 143 blocks (40 solo, 103 assisted - 1.77 bpg). Junior setter Candace Saleaumua has produced a team-best 794 assists (9.80 apg), 297 digs (3.67 dpg) and 27 service aces (0.33 sapg) for TSU. The Lady Tigers are coached by Kathy Roulhac, who is currently in her fifth season and has posted a 58-62 record at the Nashville, Tenn., school.
Southeast currently has a commanding 32-3 advantage in the all-time series with Tennessee State, but the Lady Tigers have won two of the last three meetings. TSU captured the teams' first meeting with a 3-2 win on Sept. 14 in Nashville. Last season, both teams split the series, 1-1 that included Southeast's 3-0 win over the Lady Tigers at the OVC Tournament semifinals in Jacksonville, Ala. TSU was victorious in the teams' last regular-season meeting in Cape Girardeau with a four-game win during the 2006 season.
Scouting The Golden Eagles:
Tennessee Tech enters the weekend with a 12-10 season record and has produced a 6-5 mark in OVC play while winning three of its last five contests. The Golden Eagles split their a pair of road matches last weekend a 3-1 loss at Tennessee State, but quickly gained a three-game sweep at Austin Peay. Tech is led by freshman outside hitter Leah Meffert's team-best 349 kills (4.15 kpg) and 21 service aces (0.25 sapg). Sophomore middle blocker Caitlin Bullock has produced a team-leading 70 total blocks (27 solo, 43 assisted - 0.86 bpg), while sophomore outside hitter Amanda Lindgren is second in kills with 284 (3.69 kpg). Junior setter Kappy Lang holds the team lead both in assists (1,046 - 12.45 apg) and is second in service aces (20 - 0.24 sapg). Sophomore libero Katie Kenline is the Golden Eagles' digs leader with 228 (5.30 dpg). Tech is guided by fifth-year head coach John Blair, who has tallied a career record of 328-445 in 28-plus seasons, including a 54-84 ledger in four seasons in Cookeville, Tenn.
Southeast has produced a 30-7 lifetime advantage in the series with Tennessee Tech that include victories in 11 of the last 13 meetings since the 2001 campaign. Southeast claimed a thrilling five-game win at Tech for its first conference victory of 2007 on Sept. 15. The Redhawks and the Golden Eagles each captured a win on their respective home courts last season, including a 3-1 win by Southeast at Houck Fieldhouse.
Coach Ren Nears Coaching Milestone:
Redhawks Head Coach Renata Nowacki is inching closer to a second coaching milestone in her third year at Southeast. Nowacki has amassed 44 career victories and is six shy from recording her 50th career win. She earned her 25th coaching win in the Redhawks' 3-1 home win over Eastern Illinois on Oct. 4, 2006.
DeLong Continues Strong Sophomore Campaign:
Sophomore right side hitter Karleigh DeLong has continued to be an offensive force in her second year at Southeast. Over the last 10 contests, the Corona, Calif., native is averaging 4.18 kills and 3.82 digs per game in addition to recording seven (kill-dig) double-doubles.
Kimmy on the Block:
Junior middle blocker/outside hitter Kim Unnerstall posted a career day at Jacksonville State in helping Southeast claim a four-game win last Saturday. The 5-9 Unnerstall tallied a career-high 11 blocks, including three solo stuffs, against the Gamecocks to eclipse her previous career best total of eight that was set earlier last week against Southern Illinois. The 11 blocks are the fourth highest single-game total in school history.
The Redhawks close their homestand on Tuesday, Oct. 23 with an OVC contest against Eastern Illinois starting at 7 p.m. Following the EIU match, Southeast travels to Kentucky for conference matches at Eastern Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 26 beginning at 6 p.m. and at Morehead State on Saturday, Oct. 27 with the first serve at 1 p.m.