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SEMO Volleyball’s Greene blocks out OVC Competition

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Colby Greene (left) gets set to go up for a kill during a match at Houck Fieldhouse in Cape Girardeau
Photo by Hannah Wolfe

The Southeast Women’s volleyball team has seen plenty of success thus far in their season. SEMO is currently at an overall record of 18-6 and an Ohio Valley Conference record of 9-3. Winning eight of their last nine games has the Redhawks sitting in third place in the OVC, just behind Morehead State University.

According to her teammates, redshirt junior right side hitter Colby Greene has helped Southeast be successful in conference play with her blocking abilities and by being a great teammate.

Greene has started in 15 matches this season while totaling 237 kills and 53 blocks, four more than her total blocks across all of last season. Greene said the success the other hitters are having with kills makes her job of blocking much easier.

“My other teammates are doing such a good job of terminating,” Greene said. “It gives me a lot of opportunities to have a one-on-one block and be able to put the ball down.”

In addition to her blocking abilities, the other players on the team say Greene is a great teammate. Redhawks senior outside hitter Laney Malloy described Greene as a ball of energy.

“I’m with her for two rotations, so a lot of the time, we are joking around and giving each other tips,’’ Malloy said. “She definitely brings a lot of positive, cheery energy to the court.”

There are just three matches left in the season and all are conference games — two at home and one on the road. SEMO will look to maintain their position near the top of the standings and roll into a high seed in the OVC tournament. Greene said while the final few matches will be tough, she thinks the team is ready for it.

“We’ve been preparing for this the whole year,” Greene said. “It’s just our time to go show everyone.”

Redhawks head coach Julie Yankus said Greene has added a major part to the eight game win streak the team went on.

“She contributes to those wins; even if it’s not the most kills, she finds other ways to help us,’’ Yankus said. “Just the threat of her opens up our other attackers to have one-on-one situations.”

Greene and the Redhawks will host the Governors from Austin Peay at Houck Fieldhouse Thursday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Oct 29, at 5 p.m. Southeast’s final two matches after that will be on the road at Murray State University and will finish at home in Cape Girardeau against Morehead State University.