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Volleyball -- Oct. 18, 2011
Eureka Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Oct. 18, 2011
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Eureka College volleyball team will play one match in the upcoming week when it hosts the Lincoln Christian Red Lions in a 7 p.m. non-conference match Wednesday night at the Reagan Center.
The match marks Eureka’s second consecutive contest against non-conference competition after playing 13 straight against St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents. The Red Devils will return to SLIAC action on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at MacMurray.
SCOUTING LINCOLN CHRISTIAN
The Red Lions will carry a 13-9 overall record into Wednesday’s match at the Reagan Center.
LCU recently split a four-match trip to Springfield, Ill. in a tournament hosted by NJCAA member Lincoln Land. The Red Lions topped Kankakee and Rend Lake in four sets on Saturday, the tournament’s final day.
Lincoln Christian is 6-3 against members of NCAA Division III in 2011, including a 2-0 mark against SLIAC schools. LCU earned a three-set sweep of the Red Devils on Sept. 1 in Lincoln and also posted a five-set victory at Principia on Sept. 27.
Jason Farr is in his fifth year as the head coach of the Red Lions. A traditional volleyball power in the National Christian College Athletic Association, LCU has made 15 consecutive trips to the NCCAA national tournament since 1996. LCU won the NCCAA Division II volleyball national title in 2003 and claimed runner-up finishes in 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Lincoln Christian has won seven straight against Eureka. The Red Devils last earned a victory over LCU on Oct. 23, 2007, a five-set victory at the Reagan Center when LCU competed as a member of the SLIAC.
AN EVEN RECORD FOR THE WEEK
The Red Devils played twice last week, dropping a four-set decision at home to Principia last Tuesday before earning a three-set victory at Robert Morris-Peoria last Saturday.
In the loss against Principia, Eureka recorded its best single-match team hitting percentage (.298) in more than three years, but the visiting Panthers were able to win the final two games of the match to claim a 25-23, 22-25, 25-13, 25-23 league victory.
The victory extended Principia’s win streak in the all-time series against the Red Devils to four matches. The defeat also eliminated Eureka from contention for a berth in the SLIAC Tournament.
In Saturday’s short road trip to the Riverplex in Peoria, Eureka rolled to a 25-19, 25-17, 25-20 victory over the Eagles. The victory was Eureka’s third straight in the all-time series against the Eagles.
McATEE’S ACCURATE HITTING
Not only did sophomore outside hitter Peyton McAtee deliver the most accurate hitting performance of her young collegiate career last Tuesday versus Principia, the Morton, Ill. native provided one of the most accurate performances in recent program history.
McAtee compiled 12 kills and two errors on 16 attempts for a .625 attack percentage for the match. That mark was the best by a Eureka player with at least 10 kills in a match since Jenn Simpson put down 11 kills on 16 attempts without an error on Oct. 27, 2010 against Robert Morris-Peoria at the Reagan Center.
For the year, McAtee’s .219 hitting percentage is the best among Eureka players with at least 200 attempts. That figure ranks 11th among SLIAC players according to the league’s latest statistical update on Oct. 18.
HINSHAW’S NEW CAREER-BEST
After injuries caused her to miss the first 10 matches of the season, junior middle blocker Lindsey Hinshaw has joined the Eureka rotation and set a new career-high with 12 kills last Tuesday at Principia.
Hinshaw, who started 11 matches in her first season of collegiate volleyball last fall, earned her first two starts of the season last week. She made her 2011 season debut at the Reagan Center against Spalding on Sept. 23.
THE TOP-10 PUSH CONTINUES
Seven 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 633 kills and needs to average 7.7 kills over the final seven matches to reach Kelli Adams Stanley for 10th place. Fannon needs an average of 8.7 kills per match for a 10th place tie.
Junior libero Courtney Kincaid recorded her 700th career dig last Tuesday against Principia. Her 5.25 digs per set in 2011 rank second among SLIAC players and her 713 career digs rank first among current Red Devils.
Senior middle blocker Paige Fannon recorded her 2,000th career attempt last Tuesday against Principia. She also picked up her 98th career solo block last Saturday at Robert Morris-Peoria and remains 10th on the all-time Eureka list in that category.
Senior setter Annette Crady increased her season assist total to 310 last week, jumping from eighth to sixth on the SLIAC leaderboard. The Germantown Hills, Ill. native has started 13 consecutive matches at setter for the Red Devils since Sept. 17 in Louisville, Ky. and ranks fourth in the league in assists per set with 6.89.
Junior outside hitter Shari Steidinger served up two aces in Eureka’s win at Robert Morris-Peoria over the weekend. She now has eight multi-ace matches in 2011 and leads Eureka with 28 aces for the season. Of those 28 aces, 22 have come in SLIAC matches, ranking second among league players.
Junior outside hitter Kelli Dunne returned to the lineup as a reserve last Saturday at Robert Morris-Peoria after missing last Tuesday’s match against Principia with an ankle injury. Dunne is also planning to play basketball at Eureka.
Eureka has yet to play a five-set match in 2011 and has gone 24 consecutive matches dating back to last season without a five-set match. The Red Devils’ last match that went the distance was a home victory over Robert Morris-Peoria on Oct. 27, 2010.
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