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Volleyball -- Sept. 27, 2011
Eureka Volleyball Weekly Notebook: Sept. 27, 2011
THE WEEK AHEAD
The Eureka College volleyball team will continue its march through the 16-match St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this Saturday when the Red Devils travel to Carlinville, Ill. for matches against Greenville (noon) and host Blackburn (2 p.m.).
After a decade spent at or near the bottom of the SLIAC standings, the Panthers have established themselves as a perennial league power. Greenville has finished among the top-four in the final league standings every year since 2006 and claimed its first-ever SLIAC regular season and Tournament championships in 2010.
The Panthers enter the week with a 9-4 overall record and a clamp on third place in the SLIAC standings with a 4-1 league record.
Head coach Tom Ackerman is the reigning SLIAC Coach of the Year and has won the award three times (2002, 2008) overall. He is a 1999 graduate of Greenville.
The Panthers have controlled the all-time SLIAC series with the Red Devils, owning a 9-1 advantage and a seven-game winning streak. Eureka dropped its only SLIAC Tournament game in program history to the Panthers in three sets on Nov. 7, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo. Eureka’s lone victory against Greenville since joining the SLIAC was a three-set sweep at the Reagan Center on Oct. 16, 2007.
Greenville will host Webster Tuesday and play Blackburn at 10 a.m. Saturday prior to its meeting with the Red Devils at noon.
Eureka play Blackburn for the second time in 12 days when the Red Devils square off against the Beavers at 2 p.m. this Saturday in Carlinville.
The Beavers enter the week with a 3-6 overall record and join MacMurray as the final two winless teams in league play. After starting the season with three victories in its first five outings, Blackburn has scuffled to a four-game losing streak, including SLIAC losses to Fontbonne and Eureka.
Eureka is 8-2 all-time in SLIAC matches against Blackburn, including a three-set sweep at the Reagan Center last Tuesday. Saturday’s match will mark the sixth time the two squads have met in Carlinville, with Eureka winning three of the first five contests.
The Beavers will host Robert Morris-Springfield on Wednesday and Greenville on Saturday morning before playing the Red Devils on Saturday afternoon.
TWO UP, TWO DOWN
The Red Devils completed their longest home stand of the 2011 season last week, posting a 2-2 mark in four matches against SLIAC foes.
Eureka topped Blackburn in three sets last Tuesday before playing three times in less than 24 hours over the weekend.
Spalding claimed a three-set win over Eureka on Friday before the Red Devils lost to Principia and beat Fontbonne on Saturday to split the day at 1-1 and the week at 2-2.
KINCAID GETS SLIAC HONORS
Eureka junior libero Courtney Kincaid was chosen as the SLIAC Defensive Player of the Week, according to an announcement from the league office late Monday night. Kincaid set a personal-best in digs twice during the week, including a school-record 48 digs in Eureka’s victory over Fontbonne last Saturday.
Kincaid played in all 13 of the Red Devils’ games last week, compiling 93 digs and three service aces. Her 24 digs in Eureka’s three-set sweep of Blackburn were a career-best at the time. She went on to double that mark with 48 digs in a four-set victory over Fontbonne on Saturday night at the Reagan Center.
Kincaid’s weekly award from the SLIAC was the first for a Eureka volleyball player since Laura Willman was named SLIAC Player of the Week on Oct. 6, 2009.
Eureka’s match against Webster on Tuesday, Oct. 4 has been moved to Eureka High School at 7 p.m.
Senior Annette Crady turned in a solid week, starting all four matches as Eureka’s setter. Her 51 assists on Saturday against Fontbonne were a career-high and the most by a Eureka setter since Kylie Bahorik had 56 assists versus Earlham on Sept. 8, 2007. Crady also set a new personal-best with 15 digs against the Griffins.
Brittany Feger set a career-best with four service aces on Tuesday against Blackburn. Her 18 kills in the victory over Fontbonne marked her best effort in more than two years. She was Eureka’s nominee for SLIAC Offensive Player of the Week. She also eclipsed 2,000 career attempts against Fontbonne on Saturday.
Saturday’s win over Fontbonne marked Eureka’s first win in a four-set match beating the same Fontbonne squad on Oct. 30, 2009.
Sophomore Angie Wilson set a career-high with 13 digs against Fontbonne last Saturday.
Junior Shari Steidinger served up four aces against Fontbonne Saturday, a new career-best. She also recorded her fifth career double-double against the Griffins with 12 kills and 21 digs.
Freshman Karson Gragert recorded her first two career service aces Tuesday against Blackburn.
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