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Volleyball -- Sept. 20, 2011
Eureka Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Sept. 20, 2011
THE WEEK AHEAD
After playing its first nine matches of the 2011 season on the road, the Eureka College volleyball team will open a season-long four-match home stand on Tuesday when St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Blackburn visits at 7 p.m.
Following Tuesday’s matchup with the Beavers, the Red Devils will play three SLIAC matches on their home floor in less than 24 hours when Spalding, Principia, Greenville and Fontbonne converge on the Reagan Center for six matches total between Friday and Saturday.
The Red Devils will host Spalding Friday night at 6 p.m. before squaring off against Principia at 10 a.m. Saturday and closing the week with a 4 p.m. match against Fontbonne.
Eureka will play its first of eight home matches in 2011 when it hosts Blackburn Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The Beavers enter Tuesday’s tilt with a 3-3 overall mark. They dropped their SLIAC opener against Fontbonne in five sets last Tuesday.
Eureka has controlled the all-time SLIAC series with the Beavers, owning a 7-2 advantage in the all-time series and a perfect 4-0 record in games played at the Reagan Center.
BUSY WEEKEND AT HOME
The Red Devils will play their second match against Spalding in less than a week when the Golden Eagles invade the Reagan Center Friday night at 6 p.m.
The Golden Eagles extended their winning streak against Eureka to five with a three-set sweep of the Red Devils last Saturday night in Louisville, Ky. Spalding enters the week as the SLIAC’s only unbeaten team in league play with a 2-0 mark. The Golden Eagles are 5-7 overall.
The Red Devils will play their first of two matches on Saturday at 10 a.m. against Principia. The Panthers, who will play Greenville on Tuesday before traveling to Eureka this weekend, enter the week with a 4-7 overall record and a 2-1 mark in SLIAC play.
Principia is 7-2 against the Red Devils since Eureka joined the SLIAC prior to the 2006 season, but the Panthers lost in their only previous trip to the Reagan Center, a five-set marathon claimed by the Red Devils on Sept. 26, 2009.
Fontbonne represents Eureka’s fourth and final SLIAC opponent of the week when the Red Devils and Griffins will face off at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Fontbonne has played only four matches this season, claiming five-set wins over Blackburn and MacMurray last week and dropping contests against Stephens and Westminster.
Perhaps Eureka’s most evenly matched conference opponent, Fontbonne owns a 5-4 advantage in the all-time SLIAC series with the Red Devils. In the previous nine matches between the two teams, four have gone to five sets and only once has there been a three-set sweep.
Eureka lost in three sets to Webster last Saturday, just the second time in six tries the Red Devils have dropped their SLIAC opener.
Saturday’s losses to Webster and Spalding dropped the Red Devils to 30-47 all-time in SLIAC matches, 0-10 all-time against Webster and 0-5 all-time against Spalding.
Freshman Karson Gragert came off the bench to set a career-high with eight assists Saturday versus Webster. She also recorded her first career dig later that night against Spalding.
Senior Annette Crady earned her first career start at Spalding on Saturday night and responded with seven assists and seven digs, both career-bests.
Paige Fannon (109) and Courtney Kincaid (75) extended their consecutive matches played streaks on Saturday. Neither player has ever missed a match in their careers.
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