10/24/2008 12:00:00 AM
Redhawks Win Road Contest Against Eagles, 3-1
Oct. 24, 2008
MOREHEAD, Ky. (Friday, October 24, 2008) - Looking at the stats from Friday night a person would assume the Redhawks volleyball team lost to Morehead State in their Ohio Valley Conference match at the Wetherby Gym. Instead the Redhawks capitalized on the Eagles mistakes and pulled off a crucial 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 16-25, 26-24) win over the OVC’s preseason favorite and current first place team, showing that wins happen on the court and not on stat sheets.
The Redhawks (8-11, 6-5 OVC) snapped their five-game losing streak in the process and gave them their first win against the Eagles (18-5, 9-2 OVC) since 2005. The reeling Eagles lost their third-straight match after a 10-game winning streak
The Eagles had more kills (68-52), outhit (.247 attack percentage to .225), had more assists (63-50), more aces (5-1), recorded more digs (81-67) and more points (81-62). But the relentless Redhawks defense forced the Eagles to commit 25 attack errors to the Redhawks 16 and the Eagles helped out with ten service errors.
The opening set started with both teams exchanging points and was deadlocked at 12-12 before the Redhawks went on a 8-2 run that gave the Redhawks a 20-14 edge and forced the Eagles into taking two timeouts over that stretch to collect themselves. Senior Aubrey Dondlinger and junior Sarah Barth each recorded two kills apiece during that run.
The Eagles tried to make it interesting pulling to within one, 23-22 but the Redhawks kept their composure and ended the set with a Claire Keaton kill for the set one victory.
The Redhawks hit .261 in the opening set while holding the Eagles to a .196 attack clip.
Set two started at the same ace as the opener but midway through the set the Eagles pulled ahead 17-13 and looked to have the set won. The Redhawks had other plans and went on a 4-0 run to tie it at 17-all. A Barth kill gave the Redhawks their first lead of the set 20-19 since holding an 8-7 advantage earlier in the set. That kill was part of a 5-0 run that gave the Redhawks a 23-19 advantage and led to the four-point win.
The Redhawks hit a match-high .357 committing only two attack errors while recording 12 kills. The Eagles were equally impressive with a .351 attack percentage and 18 kills but were outdone by repeated errors.
The Eagles rallied in a big way in the third set as they won the opening point and led throughout. The Eagles led by as much as 12 points twice in the set and coasted to the nine-point win as they hit a game-high .406 from the attack line while holding the Redhawks to a .132 attack percentage.
All the excitement of the game culminated in the fourth set as the two teams battled for the edge in points. The set featured seven ties and a couple of lead changes, none more important than with the Redhawks trailing 11-3 they chipped away at the Eagles lead with a 7-1 run to take the lead 20-19. The Eagles would tie the set four times and saved game-point three times. With the set tied at 24 apiece, Dondlinger recorded back-to-back kills to end the set and give the Redhawks the match victory.
Dondlinger recorded her third-straight double-double of the season with a team and season-high 18 kills and 14 digs. She also finished with a team-best .415 attack percentage.
Keaton recorded 12 kills and Barth handed out a match-high 41 assists to round out the top offensive players for the Redhawks.
It was the defensive that shined as Molly Davis finished with her 12-straight double-digit dig game with a team-high 18. Amanda Rickhoff finished with 14 digs and a career-best four blocks. Barth added eight digs and Emily Hughes and Kim Unnerstall each tied Rickhoff with four blocks apiece.
The Eagles had four players that finished in double figures in kills led by Kaitlin Craven’s game-high 19. Ashley Doscher recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 15 digs. Katelyn Barbour also had a double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs. Kristina Schoo finished with a game-high 31 digs.
The Redhawks will attempt to keep the momentum going as they conclude their “Death Valley” road trip as they head to Richmond, Kentucky on Saturday to face Eastern Kentucky at McBrayer Arena at 11:00 a.m.