Nov. 22, 2008

Nov. 22, 2008 – The second-seeded Truman volleyball team reached the South Central regional championship for the second consecutive season after defeating sixth-seeded Central Missouri 3-1 (-17, 20-25, -22, -23) Saturday afternoon in Emporia, Kansas. The Bulldogs have now won 21 of the last 22 matches against the Jennies – a perennial top-25 foe.

 

Truman (31-7) will face either top-seeded Emporia State or West Texas A&M for a spot in the Elite Eight on Sunday night at 5:00 p.m. in Emporia, Kan. ESU took both matches in the season series with Truman – winning 3-1 in Emporia and 3-2 in Kirksville – while the Bulldogs have yet to face the Lady Buffs in 2008.

 

Junior Lauren Graybeal set a new season-high with 16 kills and hit a team-high .538, while three other ’Dogs joined her in double-figures. Seniors Allie Cherven (12), Eli Medina (11) and Melissa Keck (10) combined for 33 kills in the winning effort for Truman, who as a team hit .257 for the contest.

 

The Bulldog defense held an opponent to less than .150 in a match for the 26th time this season, as the Jennies (29-10) mustered just a .142 percentage after an opening-round win against third-seeded Washburn. Medina posted her second double-double of the tournament by digging a team-high 19, and she was joined in double-figures by seniors Dana Hanselmann (18) and Whitney Boehler (11).

 

Sophomore setter Ashley Petak (25 assists, 10 digs) and freshman setter Kylie Easlon (25 assists, 14 digs) tacked on double-doubles of their own for the Bulldogs.

 

Conference freshman of the year Allie Huffman led the Jens with 14 kills, and libero Rachel Fister posted a match-high 30 digs. The match marked the end of a 33-year career at Central Missouri for head coach Peggy Martin, as she retires as Division II’s all-time winningest coach with 1,064 career victories.

 

Notes:

-         The Bulldogs moved to 8-0 on the season when leading a match 2-1 and are 26-0 in 2008 when opponents hit less than .150.

-         Sophomore setter Ashley Petak moved past Kelsey Wackerman into 7th on the all-time Truman assists chart and now has 1,804 career assists

-         Senior Eli Medina played in her 155th career match, passing Christie Hackmann (1992-95) for second all-time in Truman history.