Nov. 23, 2008

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Nov. 23, 2008 – The Truman Bulldog volleyball squad secured a spot for its fifth career trip to the Elite Eight – all since 2001 – after a 3-0 (-15, -14, -18) win at top-seeded Emporia State in the South Central Regional Championship Sunday night.

The Bulldogs (32-7) will face Nova-Southeastern (Fla.) – the South Region champion – in the Elite Eight at a site to be determined on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Truman held the Hornets to a -.044 hitting percentage, including key ESU offensive threats Arica Shepard (-.375), Megan Koster (-.130) and Brittney Miller (-.100). As a counter, the Bulldogs hit .220 and put down 12 blocks to Emporia’s three in the sweep.

Truman’s Allie Cherven led all players with 11 kills and was a member of the South Central Region all-tournament team along with seniors Eli Medina and Melissa Keck, as well as junior Lauren Graybeal. Keck hit .389 with eight kills for Truman, while senior Whitney Boehler posted a match-high 12 digs.

A trio of mid-set rallies propelled the Bulldogs to the victory, as Truman rattled off a 7-1 first-set run, an 11-1 second-set rally and a final-set 12-3 stretch to pull away from the Hornets in every frame. Despite committing eight service errors, the Bulldogs picked up four aces – all at key moments – to maintain rallies and keep Emporia State from picking up a crucial side-out.

Truman returns to the Elite Eight for the second time under fourth-year head coach Jason Skoch. The Bulldogs’ last appearance was in 2005 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney that resulted in a 3-1 loss to the host Lopers. The Bulldogs have reached the National Championship match twice but have never captured the top spot.

Full coverage of Truman’s trip to the Elite Eight will be available on Truman’s official Athletics Web site – gobulldogs.truman.edu.