Southeastern was outmatched and outsized in their home volleyball opener Tuesday, losing the first-ever GAC “Storm-on-Storm” contest to Southern Nazarene in three sets.
But the blue and gold Savage Storm improved in each match against the Crimson Storm, losing in three straight 25-11, 25-13 and 25-18.
“Right now we’re just not executing on defense,” said SE Coach Jenn King. “A big team becomes small when they can’t pass the ball, and we’re not getting (opponents) into enough trouble. We’re not able to fire on all cylinders. They work real hard in practice, and it’s just not coming out in matches as much.”
One of the Savage Storm leaders, Courtney Miller, remains sidelined with what King called “nagging injuries.”
“Having a two-year starter out is definitely tough,” she said. “(Team leadership) is evolving, but she brings a comfort with our system, executes when she needs to and provides leadership for a ot of the young girls who are getting used to our system.”
Megan Kunkel led Southeastern with 8.5 points to go with nine digs and seven kills. UT-Arlington transfer Emily Gentle scored eight. Junior Taylor Benner had a game-high 13 digs.
Southern Nazarene had 40 kills to Southeastern’s 24. The Crimson Storm were led by Kira Roberts who had 18 points.
The Savage Storm (1-8, 0-1 GAC) are off until Sept. 20 when they travel to play East Central in Ada. The next home contest for Southeastern is Sept. 22 against Northwestern Oklahoma State.