For Immediate Release
Volleyball -- Oct. 19, 2011
Lincoln Christian Rallies Past Eureka Volleyball
EUREKA, Ill. -- The Eureka College volleyball team won game one to claim an early lead over Lincoln Christian in Wednesday’s non-conference match at the Reagan Center, but the visiting Red Lions recovered to win the final three games and post a 22-25, 25-10, 25-12, 25-20 win over the Red Devils.
The Red Devils (6-16) never trailed in the opening game, getting the first point of the match on a kill by junior Shari Steidinger (Forrest, Ill./Prairie Central H.S.) and winning the game 25-22. Eureka led by as many as eight (18-10) after a kill from sophomore Peyton McAtee (Morton, Ill./Morton H.S.), who recorded four consecutive service aces midway through the game to help the Red Devils build the lead. The Red Lions put together a 13-4 surge late in the game to get within one (23-22), but Steidinger’s ace capped the victory.
Lincoln Christian (14-9) romped in game two, getting a 25-10 victory to even the match. A service ace from Kati Johnson broke a 7-7 tie and ignited a 10-0 run for the visitors. A Eureka attack error clinched the set victory for LCU.
Alicia Carson’s kill pushed Lincoln Christian in front, 5-4, during game three, a lead the Red Lions wouldn’t give up. The point started another lengthy run for the visitors, an 11-1 burst that helped LCU put away game three early. Carson’s kill ended the game with a 25-12 LCU win.
The two squads battled to 10 ties and two lead changes in the final game of the match, and McAtee’s kill forced the final tie at 17-17. Lincoln Christian closed the match with a 7-2 run and secured its 14th victory of the season when Sammy Nichols put down a kill to give the Red Lions a 25-20 win for the game and 3-1 win for the match.
Eureka’s game one win ended the Red Devils’ streak of 21 consecutive games lost to Lincoln Christian. Eureka hasn’t won a match against the Red Lions since claiming a five-set win on Oct. 23, 2007. McAtee led the Red Devils on Wednesday with 11 kills, Eureka’s only solo block and a career-high six service aces.
The Red Devils will return to St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition next Wednesday at MacMurray at 7 p.m.
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