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Volleyball -- Oct. 11, 2011
Eureka Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Oct. 11, 2011
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Eureka College volleyball team will continue St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play and host its first home game inside the Reagan Center in more than two weeks when the Principia Panthers visit Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
The Red Devils will take a break from SLIAC action this Saturday when they take a short non-conference trip to the Riverplex in Peoria, Ill. for a 3 p.m. matchup with Robert Morris-Peoria.
Currently in the midst of a battle for a berth in the 2011 SLIAC Tournament, the Panthers carry a 9-16 overall record and a 5-5 conference record into Tuesday’s match at the Reagan Center.
The Panthers are less than 72 hours removed from a four-match weekend road trip to the Leopard Invitational hosted by La Verne in La Verne, Calif. Principia dropped all four matches on the west coast trip to end a brief three-match winning streak.
Principia is 8-2 against the Red Devils since Eureka joined the SLIAC prior to the 2006 season. The Panthers have won the last three contests in the series in three-set sweeps, including a victory at the Reagan Center on Sept. 24, 2011.
Head coach Mary Ann Sprague is in her 12th season directing the Panthers. She guided Principia to the 2006 SLIAC regular season title and received SLIAC Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and again in 2006.
SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS-PEORIA
A second-year program that plays its home matches at Peoria’s Riverplex, Robert Morris-Peoria enters the week with an 0-17 record, according to the latest results posted on RMU’s website through Sept. 24.
The Eagles are members of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Danielle Naffziger is the head coach.
Eureka is 2-0 all-time against RMU-Peoria, winning both 2010 contests in five sets.
ONE OUT OF THREE IN FULTON
Eureka played three SLIAC matches in less than 18 hours Friday and Saturday in Fulton, Mo., dropping back-to-back matches to host Westminster before claiming a four-set victory over MacMurray Saturday morning at Westminster Gym.
Eureka (5-14, 4-8 SLIAC) dropped the first match of the road trip, a 25-8, 25-16, 25-12 decision to host Westminster Friday night. Senior Paige Fannon put down four kills. The Red Devils were plagued by attack errors during the match and combined for only 13 kills as a team.
In Eureka’s next match against Westminster early Saturday morning, the Blue Jays put together a 25-23, 25-18, 25-12 triumph over the Red Devils. Junior Shari Steidinger led the offense with 10 kills, followed closely by senior Brittany Feger and junior Kelli Dunne with nine kills apiece. Senior setter Annette Crady had 29 assists in the contest and junior libero Courtney Kincaid tacked on 25 digs.
Dunne put together her best performance in a Eureka uniform in Saturday’s 25-18, 17-25, 25-7, 25-21 victory over MacMurray, collecting a career-high 22 kills. Steidinger served up a career-high six aces for the Red Devils, the first time a Eureka player has recorded at least five service aces in a match since Kaurie Lindenmeyer had five against MacMurray on Nov. 2, 2010. Steidinger also recorded five block assists, while Crady added 39 assists.
THE TOP-10 PUSH CONTINUES
Nine regular season matches remain in the collegiate careers of seniors Paige Fannon and Brittany Feger, as both players remain within shouting distance of Eureka’s all-time top-10 kills list.
Both players recorded their 600th kill earlier this month. Feger is the active EC leader with 624 kills and needs to average 7.0 kills over the final nine matches to reach Kelli Adams Stanley for 10th place. Fannon needs an average of 8.0 kills per match for a 10th place tie.
All-Time Eureka Leaders Kills
1. Stephanie Logan Morstatter 1,379
10. Kelli Adams Stanley 687
Brittany Feger 624
Paige Fannon 615
Fannon remains 10th on the all-time Eureka solo blocks list with 97.
All-Time Eureka Leaders Solo Blocks
1. Kris Meznarich 374
9. Sam Poterek 107
10. Paige Fannon 97
Kelli Dunne finished Saturday’s match versus MacMurray with a career-high 22 kills, the most kills in a single match by a Eureka player since Heather Myers put down 25 kills versus Fontbonne on Oct. 3, 2009. Dunne’s kill total was also Eureka’s highest in a four-set match since Lauren Sandrik had 25 kills at Blackburn on Sept. 17, 2005.
Shari Steidinger recorded a .400 attack percentage (10 K, 2 E, 20 A) at Westminster last Saturday, the first time a Eureka player has recorded at least 10 kills with a .400 attack percentage or better since Jenn Simpson posted a .688 mark against Robert Morris-Peoria on Oct. 27, 2010.
Additionally, Steidinger set career-highs later Saturday versus MacMurray with six service aces and five block assists.
Senior setter Annette Crady increased her career assist total to 256, passing junior Courtney Kincaid (218) for the active Eureka lead. Despite playing in only 38 of Eureka’s 60 sets in 2011, Crady’s 256 assists rank eighth among SLIAC players.
Eureka’s 13 total blocks versus MacMurray on Saturday were a season-high. The Red Devils’ 11 service aces against the Highlanders were the most since racking up 14 in a home win over Blackburn on Sept. 20, 2011.
The Red Devils are now 2-1 this season when a match goes beyond three sets. Eureka has yet to play a five-set match in 2011.
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