Volleyball kills two home games against Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky

Redshirt junior setter Sami Knight sets the ball to her teammates in the Vadalabene Center.

Volleyball improved their conference standings to 5-5 over the weekend with two home wins over Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky this weekend.

On Friday, the Cougars defeated Morehead State in four matches 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 25-17, kicking their opponent out of a tie for first place in Ohio Valley Conference standings.

“We had a really good blocking match, but it was against a little bit less of a traditional offensive system,” Head Coach Kendall Paulus said. “It’s something we need to keep working on.”

Sophomore outside hitter Rachel McDonald had a double-double against the Eagles with 15 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore libero Jordyn Klein provided the team with strong defense and had a career-high 26 digs.

The Cougars added another win to their record by taking over Eastern Kentucky in four matches 25-17, 25-17, 25-27, 25-20.

“We came out strong, I think they started to challenge us which was really good. I’m glad that we were challenged in new ways from last night: making us work, making us think,” Head Coach Kendall Paulus said. “Our middles did a fantastic job tonight.”

Redshirt sophomore Hope Everett made 12 kills for the Cougars, followed by nine kills from McDonald and eight each from junior blocker Kiana Fields and junior outside hitter Dylynn Otte.

The Cougars fell to the Colonels during their third match. The score was tied twice, but Eastern Kentucky pulled through with the win at 27 points.

“Last night we had more energy. I feel like tonight we came out more tired than usual or just questioning ourselves a little more,” Klein said.

The Cougars had strong serving execution; Klein and junior setter Mallory Nicholson each had two service aces.

“Like coach said, serving is something we work really hard on and it really helped us take the win tonight,” Fields said.

The Cougars will be back in the Vadalabene Center for two more sets this week. They take on Eastern Illinois 6 p.m. Wednesday, then Tennessee State at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Multimedia Editor Bre Booker

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