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Volleyball -- Oct. 4, 2011
Eureka Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Oct. 4, 2011
THE WEEK AHEAD
A busy week and a long weekend road trip await the Eureka College volleyball team, as the Red Devils will continue their stretch of 13 consecutive St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matches with four league contests this week.
The Red Devils will host SLIAC power Webster Tuesday night at 7 p.m., a match that will be played at Eureka High School because of ongoing renovation inside EC’s Reagan Center.
Eureka will make the 254-mile trek to the southwest this Friday when the Red Devils depart for a three-match swing in Fulton, Mo. The Red Devils will visit host Westminster Friday at 7 p.m. before turning around for another match with the Blue Jays at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Eureka will close the week with a 10 a.m. matchup with MacMurray on Saturday in Fulton.
The winningest volleyball program in SLIAC history with 246 league wins since 1990, Webster will visit Tuesday night for a 7 p.m. start at Eureka High School.
Webster will enter Tuesday’s match at EHS riding a six-match winning streak. The Gorloks are 8-1 in SLIAC play and 11-4 overall. Webster’s lone league loss was a five-set defeat suffered at the hands of defending league champion Greenville on Sept. 17 in Louisville, Ky.
The Gorloks beat the Red Devils in three sets on Sept. 17 in Louisville, Ky. Eureka is 0-10 overall against Webster since joining the league in 2006 and is the only active member of the SLIAC to not own a victory
over the Gorloks.
Two-time SLIAC Coach of the Year Merry Graf is in her 11th season as head coach of the Gorloks.
For just the second time in its SLIAC history, Eureka will vist Westminster Gym in Fulton, Mo. for a pair of matches against the Blue Jays this weekend in Fulton, Mo. The two squads will meet Friday night at 7 p.m. before playing again in a rare 8 a.m. start time Saturday morning.
The Blue Jays are 6-12 overall and 2-4 in SLIAC competition. Westminster pushed defending league champion Spalding to five sets before falling to the Golden Eagles last Saturday in Louisville. Prior to the weekend, Westminster will visit Blackburn Wednesday night in Carlinville.
Eureka owns a 6-3 advantage in the all-time SLIAC series, but has lost three in a row to the Blue Jays dating back to 2009. In Eureka’s only previous trip to Fulton, the two squads split a pair of five-set matches on Oct. 23-24, 2009.
For the first time in the all-time SLIAC series, Eureka and MacMurray will play a volleyball match on a neutral court when the Red Devils and Highlanders play a 10 a.m. match in Fulton this Saturday morning.
The Highlanders are 2-12 overall in 2011, claiming a pair of victories over NAIA Harris-Stowe. MacMurray is 0-7 in the league, however, and has dropped 20 consecutive sets against SLIAC opponents, including the final two sets of a five-set heartbreaker against Fontbonne on Sept. 17.
Eureka is 8-1 in the all-time SLIAC series against MacMurray, winning five straight since the Highlanders’ lone win over the Red Devils on Oct. 14, 2008 in Jacksonville.
Senior middle hitters Paige Fannon and Brittany Feger each recorded their 600th career kill on Saturday. Remarkably, through more than 100 matches since 2008, both players share the active Eureka lead with 603 career kills.
Saturday’s win over Blackburn was Eureka’s first road victory of the season and the first career road win for head coach Bethany Dulle.
With 36 digs in two matches on Saturday, junior libero Courtney Kincaid passed classmate Shari Steidinger to become the active Eureka leader with 589 career digs. Steidinger (580 digs) had been the active leader since Kaurie Lindenmeyer (1,386 career digs) graduated last season.
With seven kills Saturday at Blackburn, junior outside hitter Kelli Dunne became the first Red Devil to reach 100 kills in 2011.
Saturday’s match at Blackburn marked the 100th career match for senior middle blocker Brittany Feger.
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