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Redhawks Split at Final Day of Ohio State Tournament
Colleen Yarber earned all-tounrament team honors after posting a season-high 20 kills and career-high 28 digs against IUPUI.

Redhawks Split at Final Day of Ohio State Tournament

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Southeast Missouri (5-4) volleyball team fell to No. 13 Ohio State (8-0) Saturday afternoon, 3-1 (12-25, 25-20, 19-25, 13-25). The squad turned it around in the nightcap, defeating IUPUI (4-7), 3-2 (24-26, 10-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-13).
 
Southeast finished the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic 1-2, ending in third place. Senior Colleen Yarber earned all-tournament team honors.
 
No. 13 Ohio State 3, Southeast Missouri 1
"We had a very balanced attack against Ohio State and served aggressively," said head coach Julie Yankus, "that gave us the opportunity to play well against a top-ranked team. We out-blocked a Big 10 team by being disciplined and we are very proud of our defense against a top-ranked team with a lot of weapons. I would also like to thank our great fans who cmae to our games and supported us in the tournament!" 
 
Southeast took charge in the second set but it wasn't enough to overcome a strong Buckeye offense in the end.
 
The first set belonged to Ohio State, 25-12. The Redhawks struggled to get their offense going as they recorded only six kills and five attack errors in the frame. Ohio State's defense proved to be key in shutting down Southeast with 12 digs and three blocks, all solo.
 
Southeast took set two, 25-20. The Redhawk defense came alive in the second set recording 17 digs and four blocks. With only one Redhawk contributing to the dig count in set one, a total of seven contributed in set two. Southeast never trailed in the frame after jumping out to an early 8-3 lead. Up 11-8, Southeast used a 5-1 run to force Ohio State to call their second and final timeout of the set. It was all Southeast as they rolled the rest of the set, tying up the match at one set apiece.
 
After dropping set two, Ohio State came out after the intermission looking for revenge. The Buckeyes opened the match with a 9-2 run to gain a comfortable lead on the Redhawks. Much like the first set, the Redhawk offense struggled to get going; however, the defense was strong. Southeast recorded only six kills in the set but nearly doubled their block total from the previous sets with five and dug the ball 11 times. Fueled by a second set loss, the Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-19 set win.
 
A determined Ohio State closed out the match with a 25-13 set-four win. Ohio State used a match-high 20 kills in the set to shut down the Redhawks.
 
The Redhawks combined for 30 kills on the day with Yarber recording eight. Junior Meredith Stranges had a career day; recording four kills, a .308 hitting percentage, and five blocks, all a career-high. Stranges, a Dublin, Ohio native, performed in front of a "home crowd" in the match against the Buckeyes.
 
Southeast Missouri 3, IUPUI 2
"I am very proud of the leadership that was displayed today," Yankus added. "Being down 0-2 in our match against IUPUI is a very hard deficit to come back from. Our upperclassman, especially, really stepped up and played aggressive; they played to win."
 
Falling behind early, Southeast tied the first set at 10 and used a 5-1 run to take control of the set. Down 20-15, IUPUI surged with a 5-0 run to tie the set at 20 each. The Jaguars got the better of Southeast in the end, 26-24. Southeast had 35 digs and four blocks in the set.
 
Southeast went cold in the second set, being downed by the Jaguars 25-10. The team managed eight kills in the frame.
 
Down two sets, Southeast went on the offensive in third set with 14 kills and forcing six errors in the 25-18 set win. Southeast added three blocks in the set and 18 digs. With the set win, Southeast narrowed the deficit in the match to 2-1.
 
Southeast tied up the match to force a decisive fifth set with a fourth-set win, 25-22. The set was close, as the score was tied a total of eight times and the lead changed six.
 
The fifth set was very close as the 15-point set was tied five times. Down 9-5, Southeast tied the set at 10 a side. Down again, 13-11, Southeast closed out the set, and the match, with a 4-0 run to win the set, 15-13.
 
Yarber posted a season-high 20 kills and a career-high 28 digs. Andrea Baylin killed the ball a season-high 15 times. Libero Berkley Idel tied a career-high 29 digs in the contest.
 
Southeast Missouri will open the 2013 home schedule Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. as they welcome the UMKC Roos to Cape Girardeau. 
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