Sept. 8, 2007 - The No. 6 Bulldog volleyball team couldn't complete the four-match sweep at the Best Western Invitational in Lawton, Okla., Saturday afternoon, dropping the session's final match to Central Oklahoma, 3-1 (28-30, 22-30, -27, 24-30). Truman defeated St. Mary's (Texas) 3-1 (-24, -23, 22-30, -09) in the day's first match before falling to UCO in the Invite finale. Truman (9-3) will open up its MIAA season Wednesday night in the friendly confines of Pershing Arena against Missouri Western. The first serve is set for 7:00 p.m.
Central Oklahoma Recap
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Sept. 8, 2007 - Truman volleyball couldn't complete its quest of a four-match sweep at the Best Western Invitational in Lawton, Okla., Saturday afternoon, as the purple and white fell 3-1 (28-30, 22-30, -27, 24-30) to the University of Central Oklahoma.
The Bulldogs and UCO played a tight game one, with neither team able to grab a lead larger than three at any time. An Eli Medina (Kansas City, Mo.; St. Teresa's Academy) kill staved off game point and brought the 'Dogs within one at 29-28, but Truman couldn't capitalize, as UCO's Mari Araujo capped off the back-and-forth first game with a kill and a two-point win.
Game two started out like the first frame; however, an 8-1 run late in the game helped UCO take a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-22 victory.
Truman looked to be headed towards a sweep in game three, falling behind 22-18, when the 'Dogs pulled off a run of its own, taking eight of the next 10 points to knot the score at 25. A Truman kill by junior middle hitter Allie Cherven (St. Charles, Mo.; Francis Howell Central (Pittsburgh)) put the Bulldogs on top, where they would stay for a 30-27 game three win.
However, UCO jumped out early in game four, putting the Bulldogs in a 14-4 hole that was too steep to climb out of, ending the match with a 30-24 decision.
Cherven finished the match with 19 kills and a .342 hitting percentage, while both junior right side hitter Melissa Keck (Belleville, Ill.; Belleville Township West) and sophomore outside hitter Susie Lesher (Carrollton, Texas; Hebron) added 14 and 11 kills respectively. Senior setter Amanda Holliday (Papillion, Neb.; Papillion-LaVista) and freshman setter Ashley Petak (Omaha, Neb.; Bellevue West) were each above the 25 assist mark, and Holliday's 15 digs led four Bulldogs in double-figure digs.
St. Mary's (Texas) Recap
Sept. 8, 2007 - The No. 6 Bulldog volleyball team saw nine players tally at least two kills in a 3-1 (-24, -23, 22-30, -09) victory against Heartland-conference opponent St. Mary's (Texas) on Saturday morning at the Best Western Invitational in Lawton, Oklahoma. Junior outside hitter Eli Medina (Kansas City, Mo.; St. Teresa's Academy) led the way with 16 kills.
The early wake-up call for the 9:00 a.m. match didn't faze the Bulldogs out of the gate, as the team hit .333 in the first game en route to a 30-24 game one win.
Emulating its game one performance, Truman jumped ahead early in game two and traded points to a 30-23 win. However, the tables turned in game three, as the purple and white hit only .098 in the 30-22 game three loss.
Any momentum St. Mary's was able to pick up from that game three win was thwarted quickly by Truman, as the Bulldogs held an opponent to single-digits in a game for the second time this season, allowing the Rattlers to only tally nine points in the 30-9 game four victory.
In addition to Medina's 16 kills, junior middle hitter Allie Cherven (St. Charles, Mo.; Francis Howell Central (Pittsburgh)) continued her great play at the Invitational by adding 11 kills and a .350 hitting percentage. Redshirt freshman right side hitter Kristen Nissen (Lincoln, Neb.; Lincoln Southwest) tacked on nine kills, while sophomore outside hitter Susie Lesher (Carrollton, Texas; Hebron) added eight kills and a team-high 14 digs.
Cameron (Okla.) Recap - FRIDAY
Sept. 7, 2007 - A 12-kill, 16-dig performance by junior outside hitter Eli Medina (Kansas City, Mo.; St. Teresa's Academy) propelled the Bulldog volleyball team to a 3-1 (-21, -19, 28-30, -15) victory Friday night against the Aggies of Cameron (Okla.) University.
After struggling offensively in Friday's opener, the Bulldogs bounced back with flair, hitting .284 as a team. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Graybeal (Olathe, Kan.; Olathe South) led the team with 13 kills, while both junior middle hitter Allie Cherven (St. Charles, Mo.; Francis Howell Central (Pittsburgh)) and sophomore right side hitter Erin Hattey (Kearney, Mo.; Kearney) each tacked on nine kills.
Freshman setter Ashley Petak (Omaha, Neb.; Bellevue West) led the way with 13 assists, with Medina, Graybeal and junior libero Whitney Boehler (Olathe, Kan.; Olathe East) combining for 40 of the team's 55 total digs.
St. Edward's (Texas) Recap - FRIDAY
Sept. 7, 2007 - On an afternoon when the offense struggled, it was its defense that carried the No. 6 Bulldog volleyball squad to a 3-0 (-19, -19, -22) victory against St. Edward’s (Texas) at the Best Western Invitational in Lawton, Okla., on Friday. Truman, ranked No. 6 in the nation, is back in action later Friday night against the host Cameron (Okla.) Aggies.
Truman mustered only a .085 (36k-26e-117ta) hitting percentage on the afternoon, but kept the Hilltoppers below the zero line at -.176 (12k-31e-108ta). SEU never hit better than -.111 in a single game during the match.
Junior middle hitter Allie Cherven (St. Charles, Mo.; Francis Howell Central (Pittsburgh)) followed her all-tournament performance at the Towneplace Suites Classic in Findlay, Ohio, last weekend by leading the Bulldogs with nine kills and an .800 hitting percentage against SEU. Junior outside hitter Eli Medina (Kansas City, Mo.; St. Teresa’s Academy) and freshman right side hitter Courtney Larson (Pewaukee, Wis.; Arrowhead) added seven kills apiece.