The Eutectic volleyball won 3-0 over Crowley's Ridge College last night before falling to Trinity International University in three sets at the STLCOP gymnasium.
The Eutectics defeated the CRC Pioneers 25-20, 25-18, 25-17 in the first match of the tri-match. The Eutectics notched 15 more kills than the Pioneers and 18 more digs during the match.
Cassady Reno (FR/O'Fallon, Ill.) continued on her killing spree, knocking down 13 kills in the three sets, hitting at 71% to lead the Euts. She also collected three aces and the team's only block of the match. Kacie Kinnikin (FR/Belleville, Ill.) and Alaina Caldwell (SO/DuQuoin, Ill.) split setting duties, putting up 18 and 14 assists apiece. Kate Toler (SR/DuQuoin. Ill.) and Julia Huyhn shone on defense with 11 digs each.
Maggie Brooks put up 22 assists, while also collecting 11 digs for the Pioneers.
The CRC team played Trinity International for the next match of the tri-match, falling 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-18). With both TIU and STLCOP with a win under their belts, at 8:00 it was time for the two teams to square off on the court.
The two teams battled hard, trading the lead throughout the first set, going into extra points before TIU would claim the win at 27-25. The next sets were more of the same, with long rallies and good play on both sides of the court. The TIU Trojans came out on top, winning set two at 25-21 and set three at 25-22.
The two teams' stats measured up fairly equally, with the Trojans just eeking out the victory with a slightly better hitting percentage. Reno racked up another 14 kills, hitting at 35% to lead the Euts on offense again. Kinnikin collected 38 assists and three aces on the match, while Aubree Mann (FR/Manteno, Ill.) led defensively with 14 digs.
Ashlyn Spay had 11 kills, Katelyn Sommers had 19 assists, Penina Soa had 16 digs, and Madeline Decker had four blocks for the Trojans.
The Eutectics are now 2-6 for the season (0-1 AMC). On Tuesday, Sept. 18, the team will resume conference play with a trip to Columbia to take on Stephens College at 7 p.m.