9/18/2008 12:00:00 AM
Redhawks Volleyball Hosts Colonels in OVC Home Opener on Friday
Sept. 18, 2008
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. (Thursday, September 18, 2008) The Redhawks kick-off a three game home-stand with their Ohio Valley Conference home opener against rival Eastern Kentucky tomorrow night at Houck Field House. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. and admission for the friday night contest is free for all fans. The Redhawks then return to the court on Saturday afternoon to face OVC preseason favorite Morehead State at 2:00 p.m.
The Redhawks (2-4) are coming off a successful trip to Carbondale, Illinois where they took second place at the Hampton Inn Saluki Invitational. The Redhawks won their first game of the season in the invite opener, defeating Arkansas State 3-2 on Friday evening. Saturday morning the Redhawks rallied from a 2-0 deficit and won an exciting five-set game against Western Illinois. In the championship game the Redhawks won the first set against the host Salukis before falling 3-1.
Outside hitter Claire Keaton and libero Molly Davis were named to the Saluki Ivitational All-Tournament team for their outstanding efforts. They were also honored by the OVC, who along with setter Alyssa Aston swept the weekly awards.
Keaton was named OVC Offensive Player of the Week after recording 66 kills (4.71 kps), 37 digs (2.64 dps), three aces, eight blocks and a .235 attack percentage. Keaton recorded a new career-high with 27 kills against Western Illinois. Keaton leads the team with 86 kills (3.44 kps) and has accounted for 96 points. Davis was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week after recording 93 digs over the weekend for a 6.64 per set average. Included were back-to-back games of 35 digs which set a new career best. She leads the team in digs with 128 this season for a 5.12 per set average. Aston was named OVC Setter of the Week after dishing out 142 assists for a 10.14 average per set. She recorded two assist-dig double-doubles over the weekend and currently leads the team in assists with 154 for a 7.33 per set average.
SCOUTING THE COLONELS
The Colonels head into the weekend with a record of 1-8 on the year with their lone win coming against Grambling at the South Florida Invitational. After losing all three games at the UK Invitational over the weekend they are mired in a six-game losing streak and have not won a set since winning the second set against Ohio University at the Pitt Classic. two weeks ago.
The Colonels are led offensively by Lindsey Loescher with 75 kills for a 2.50 per set average. Preseason All-OVC selection Amanda Wilson chips in 50 kills. Jill Henneman leads teh team in assists with 182 for a 6.07 set average and Abby O'Connor leads the defense with 100 digs (3.33 dps).
The Redhawks lead the all-time series with a record of 27-5. The Redhawks have won the last three games against the Colonels including a series sweep last season. In the first game the Redhawks had three players record double-double led by Karleigh DeLong's match-high 20 kills and 14 digs in a 3-1 victory. At the return game in Richmond, Kentucky the Redhawks again won by a 3-1 margin and were led by DeLong's 22 kills.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The Eagles will face Eastern Illinois on Friday evening before traveling back south to face the Redhawks. The Eagles are 9-2 heading into the weekend after winning six of their last seven games. This past weekend they went 2-1 at the Raider Challenge in Dayton, Ohio. Their only loss coming at the hands of ACC power Florida State.
The Eagles are led by a pair of preseason All-OVC selections in middle hitter Erin Peak and setter Katelyn Barbour. Peak has started off slowly this season averaging only 1.97 kills per set but preseason 2nd Team All-OVC selection Ashley Doscher and outside hitter Kaitlin Craven have picked up the slack by averaging 3.32 and 3.24 kills per set respectively. Barbour leads the team with 230 assists (6.05 aps) and libero Kristina Schoo leads the defensive effort with 200 digs (5.26 dps).
The Redhawks hold a 23-11 advantage in the all-time series but the Eagles have won the last three meetings. Last season the Eagles swept the Redhawks including handing the Redhawks one of their two losses at home with a 3-0 win.