Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Southeast volleyball moves to 5-0 in conference, leads OVC West Division

Friday, October 5, 2012
Southeast's outside hitter N.12 Colleen Yarber spikes the ball during the second set during Friday Oct. 5, 2012, game against Austin Peay at the Houck Field house

The Southeast Missouri State University volleyball team looked for redemption in its game Friday night against Austin Peay after the team's six-game win streak was snapped Tuesday against Arkansas State.

"We really made sure in practice this week after that loss, to focus on our side of the court," Southeast coach Julie Folliard said. "Just re-focus in the gym, as far as ball control goes, and getting our offense back together."

Southeast defeated the Lady Govs 3-1 to remain undefeated in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks won the first two sets 25-16 and 25-20, respectively.

Both teams battled back and forth at the beginning of the first set until the Redhawks rallied five straight points to lead the Lady Govs 9-5. The Redhawks kept the lead for the rest of the set.

Southeast opened the second set with a commanding 9-4 lead. Austin Peay managed to tie the set at 17, but couldn't overcome the Redhawks. Southeast had 28 kills and 8 blocks at the end of the first two sets.

Austin Peay won the third set 28-26. The Lady Govs led 24-22, but Southeast scored two straight points to tie the game at 24. Austin Peay scored the winning point on a Redhawk error.

However, it would not be enough as the Redhawks won the fourth set 25-19 to win the match. Southeast went on a five point scoring run early in the set to take a 9-4 lead. Junior outside hitter Colleen Yarber recorded three service aces during the rally.

Yarber led the Redhawks' offense with 18 kills on the game. She also had 11 digs in the game.

"I didn't even realize I had that many kills," Yarber said. "I'm just glad I could do that for the team, and help them get the win."

Junior setter Julie Shives also contributed to the Redhawks' offensive effort. She recorded a season-high 50 assists and 11 digs.

The win lifts the Redhawks to 13-7 on the season and 5-0 in the OVC. Southeast remains in first place of the OVC West Division and takes on OVC opponent Murray State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

"It'll be a tough match for us," Folliard said. "But if we take care of things on our side, hopefully we'll get the win."