Volleyball team drops pair of matches to Redhawks

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Adam Tumino | The Daily Eastern News

Eastern outside hitter Kylie Michael pushes the ball over the net in a match against Southeast Missouri on Oct. 9 in Lantz Arena. Michael had 7 kills in the match, which Eastern lost 3-0.

Adam Tumino, Sports Editor

The Eastern volleyball team was at home over the weekend for a pair of matches against OVC opponent Southeast Missouri. 

The Panthers dropped a both matches 3-0 to the Redhawks, falling to 0-7 in conference play this season. 

The Redhawks are now 5-2 in conference play.

Both matches were highly competitive, with many of the sets being close down to the final point.

Across both matches, Southeast Missouri outscored Eastern by an average of 3.5 points per set. 

Eastern recorded more kills than Southeast Missouri in the first match Friday evening, but also had twice as many attack errors. 

The Panthers held a 21-13 lead in the first set before the Redhawks closed it out on a 12-2 run to win the set 25-23. 

The second set went to the Redhawks 25-18, but the third set was the closest of the weekend. 

Eastern led the back-and-forth set 25-24, but the Redhawks scored three in a row to clinch the set and match. 

Eastern outside hitter Kylie Michael led all players in the match with 13 kills. Libero Christina Martinez Mundo also set a game high with 19 digs. 

The match Saturday also began with a 25-23 set going to the Redhawks.

Eastern was close in the second set as well, falling 25-22 before dropping the third set 25-18. 

Eastern middle blocker Emily Wilcox led the team with 9 kills. Middle blocker Kameron Sillmon had 7 kills, 6 block assists and 2 solo blocks while Martinez Mundo added 23 digs, 10 more than any other player in the match. 

The Redhawks outhit Eastern .229 to .147 across the two matches.

Eastern will be on the road this weekend with two matches against Belmont. 

 

Adam Tumino can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]