Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Redhawks sweep Cougars in back-to-back games

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Southeast Missouri State University beat Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) twice in their home series on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 at Houck Field House.

In both games, the Redhawks secured their victories in three sets. Southeast defeated SIUE 25-19 in the first two sets and 25-17 in the third on Oct. 15. In their second game, the Redhawks won 25-12 in the first set, 25-17 in the second and 26-24 in the third.

SEMO coach Julie Yankus said she is happy her team put on a great offensive performance.

“We were really balanced offensively, which resulted in a lot of players with a good amount of kills,” Yankus said.

The Redhawks’ improvement has driven their successful results.

“This week we focused a lot on blocking and getting positive touches funneling the ball to our defense,” Yankus said.

Southeast senior Claire Ochs and junior Talia Gouard said they are pleased with how their team played over the course of the series.

“Everyone got involved and a lot of hitters got kills and clutch moments which led us to the win for both games,” Ochs said.

“I think we played really well. We pulled it out in three because everyone stepped up and contributed to the win,” Gouard said.

The Redhawks worked hard to stay on top for each set in Friday’s game and the first two sets of Saturday’s game.

One crucial player that led the Redhawks to their second victory in the series was junior Talia Gouard who ended with nine kills.

“I’m happy that we were able to spread the ball out and make sure everyone was able to score,” Gouard said.

The last set on Oct. 16 had everyone on the edge of their seats. With six ties near the end of the game, the Redhawks battled to remain undefeated in their two-game streak against the Cougars.

“I think what kept us going during that close game in the third set was everyone’s competitive drive and playing their roles to get the job done,” Ochs said.

The Redhawks now have seven straight conference wins. SEMO women’s volleyball will play at Houck Field House again on Oct. 28 against Austin Peay at 7pm.