No. 9 Central Mo. Hands No. 3 Emporia St. First Loss
Sept. 24, 2009
Courtesy of Central Mo. Athletics
WARRENSBURG, Mo. - The No. 9 ranked Central Missouri Jennies defeated third-ranked Emporia State, 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-23) in a match-up of AVCA Top-25 teams at the UCM Multipurpose Building Wednesday evening. The loss was the first of the season for ESU.
The first game saw the Jennies jump out to a 7-2 lead, followed by an Emporia timeout. Then the Jens went on another 7-2 run to make the score 19-7 on a Paula Harris kill. They coasted to a 25-11 set win and forced 12 ESU attack errors. UCM hit .440 while the Lady Hornets hit -.121.
UCM led in throughout the second game as well. As a team the Jennies hit .400 in the set. Jennifer Williams added a game high four kills, hitting .500. A late four point run was halted by a Bradye Peniston from Caitlin Pankratz, the Jens ended the set on the ensuing serve to win 25-18.
There were three ties and three lead changes in the second set. With the score 22-17 ESU made a six point run to take the lead 23-22. Abby Gruenbacher, who had four blocks on the night (2 solo, 2 assist), had her biggest at the most crucial point in the match along with Peniston, to give the Jennies the lead 24-23. The Jennies took the match on the next point.
Harris and Huffman led the Jennies (13-3) in kills with 10 apiece. Rachel Fister and Kelsey Ortwerth logged team-high double-digit digs with 19 and 14 respectively. Pankratz had 30 assists to help the Jennies win for the third time in four MIAA contests..