Storm volleyball blanks pair of conference foes

By Randy Bruce

October 20, 2013

A weekend sweep of conference foes was just the tonic Southeastern volleyball needed after a rough go recently against MIAA competition.

The Savage Storm ladies blanked Southern Arkansas 3-0 on Friday and followed on Saturday with a 3-0 win over UA-Monticello.

Southeastern is now 10-11 on the season and 4-3 in the Great American Conference heading into a Tuesday “Dig Pink” contest against Southwestern at Bloomer Sullivan Gym.

“These past two days of practice, one of the phrases we used was ‘Everybody or nobody,’” SE Coach Jenn King said. “A lot of it is just communication, doing what we need to do. We had a really tough run, so it’s about getting them excited and having high energy.”

They had it this weekend. On Friday, SE hit .238 or better as a team in each set, winning the first 25-20 and the second 25-19 before running away with the final set, winning 25-15 to clinch the match.

Courtney Miller paced the squad on offense with 12 kills, hitting .435 on 23 attacks, while Emily Gentle added 10 kills in the effort.

Madelynne Cera turned in a solid offensive effort with 29 assists on the match and nearly completed a double-double with nine kills.

Miller did complete the double-double with a match-high 15 digs, while Gentle added eight digs and Taylor Benner chipped in six.

On Saturday, Southeastern crushed the Cottom Blossoms by scores of 25-18, 25-17 and 25-15. The Storm put together eight service aces in the game and nine blocks.

“Our blocking was strong and our serving was strong,” King said. “On those two things, we really became a lot more focused in these matches.”

Ariel Sanders had 11 kills in the match, while Benner collected 18 digs and Miller came up with 16.

SE volleyball invites the community to come out at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the annual “Dig Pink” match to benefit MCSO’s breast cancer fund-raiser. Donations will be taken and fans are encouraged to wear pink to show support for the cause.