It took the Stephens College Stars five sets to beat the Eutectic volleyball team and earn their first win of the season at an AMC matchup tonight in Columbia, Mo.
After alternating set wins, it came down to the fateful 15-point fifth set, which ended with the Stars on top.
The Euts started off the night with a first-set 25-20 victory over the Stars, but Stephens tied it up with a 21-25 win in the second. The Euts came back to take the third set at 25-19, but in the fourth set, the Stars returned with a decisive 14-25 win to force the shortened, deciding set.
The score was tied at 4-4 in the fifth set, when Stephen's Shelby Johnson earned the lead for Stephens with a kill assisted by Danielle Craven to set Tylar Grant up for the serve. Grant served two points in a row for the Stars, who would not give up the lead for the rest of the set. The Euts made a comeback run at 13-7 when a service error by Craven put STLCOP's Aften Richter (FR/Highland, Ill.) in the service position. Richter won three serves in a row to get the Eutectics within two points (13-11), but that was where the momentum ended for the Euts, who could not catch up.
Cassady Reno (FR/O'Fallon, Ill.) converted 18 of her 24 attack attempts on the night into kills, hitting at 71%, and collected five block assists during the match. Amy Rotella (JR/Dixon, Ill.) also racked up the stats tonight with 16 kills and three block assists. Kacie Kinnikin (FR/Belleville, Ill.) added 49 assists to her total, while Julia Huyhn earned 15 digs.
Danielle Kirk led the Stars with 23 kills, while Craven had 60 assists.
The Eutectics are now 2-7 (0-2 AMC). On Wednesday, they head back to Columbia to take on AMC powerhouse Columbia College at 7 p.m.