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Southeast volleyball earns weekend split; seven-game win streak snapped
The Southeast volleyball team defeated the Austin Peay Governors on Nov. 7 and fell to the Murray State Racers in four sets the following evening.
Southeast beat Austin Peay with scores of 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 17-25 and 15-12. In their four-set loss to Murray State, Southeast won the first set 25-21 but dropped the next three by scores of 22-25, 19-25 and 23-25.
Junior middle blocker Maggie Adams posted a career-high 16 kills in the win against Austin Peay. Adams said sophomore setter Claire Ochs was a big part of her performance.
“Claire was on it tonight,” Adams said. “Our connection was great.”
Adams said she didn’t realize she had many kills during the action.
Junior outside hitter Laney Malloy registered a double-double with 13 kills and 18 digs in the win.
Southeast coach Julie Yankus said Malloy brings a lot to the table for the Redhawks.
“She plays all the way around,” Yankus said. “We expect her to pass, we expect her to play defense, we expect her to hit the ball a lot, and block, and serve aggressively, and be a leader. We demand a lot from Laney Malloy and she’s a great addition to the program.”
After going up in the match 2-0, the Redhawks struggled to contain the outside hitters of Austin Peay, and the Governors won the next two sets to force a decisive fifth set.
Yankus said it came down to the serve and pass game.
“They were in system,” Yankus said. “They were able to set all three attackers almost all of the time which is really tough to defend.”
Adams said the team was frustrated with themselves heading into the fifth set.
“We picked it up, [and] we figured it out in the fifth set which is what matters,” Adams said.
Malloy said before the fifth set began, the team knew it was go time.
“In the fifth, we really showed our resilience,” Malloy said.
The win over Austin Peay pushed Southeast’s win streak to seven games.
Senior outside hitter Mikayla Kuhlmann had 11 kills in the loss to Murray State.
The difference-maker in the loss was the kill differential. The Racers posted 65 kills as a team compared to Southeast’s 43.
The weekend split moved Southeast to 19-9 overall and 11-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Redhawks now sit in a three-way tie for first place in the OVC with Morehead State and Jacksonville State.
Southeast rounds out the regular season when they hit the road Nov. 15 to play Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois on the following afternoon.