The St. Louis College of Pharmacy volleyball team notched two wins tonight at a tri-match in STLCOP gymnasium. The Eutectics defeated MacMurray College in three sets, and Lincoln Christian University in four. Both visiting teams had won head-to-head competitions against the Eutectics in their previous two meetings in 2016 and 2015.
The Eutectics came out strong in their first match against the MacMurray Highlanders, winning 25-17, 25-13, 25-18. They hit at 25% as a team, racking up 37 kills and 57 digs, compared to the Highlanders 24 and 39. Cassady Reno (FR/O'Fallon, Ill.) hit at 67%, smashing 16 kills and three blocks to lead the Euts. Kacie Kinnikin (FR/Belleville, Ill.) put up 30 assists, while Kelsey Toler collected 18 digs. Olivia Well led the MacMurray team in kills with eight, while Janelle Benson recorded 11 assists and 12 digs.
Between Eutectic matches, the Highlanders and LCU Red Lions played against each other, with the Red Lions shutting out the Highlanders 25-20, 25-20, 25-15.
Then, it was time for the Eutectics to take on the LCU team. The Euts had a 1-5 record against the Red Lions in recent years coming into tonight's match, and had lost to them in 2016 and 2015. But, this time, the STLCOP team prevailed.
The Eutectics won the first set decidedly, with a score of 25-19. In the second set, they had to fight hard for the win, as the Red Lions forced the Euts into extra points to obtain the win: 28-26. The hard fought battle for the second set seemed to wear on the STLCOP team in the third set, as they got down 7-13 and could not recover, falling 25-15. But, the Euts turned it around in the fourth set to claime a 25-20 win for the match.
Despite having 12 more kills and 13 more digs than the Eutectics (mostly due to the ugly third set), the Red Lions could not overcome the Eutectics this time, making it the first time in two years that the Euts would come out on top in the matchup. Mackenzie Wagner (SO/Walford, Iowa) led the STLCOP team this time with 15 kills and three blocks, while Kinnikin had 34 assists, and Toler and Julia Huyhn collected 26 and 23 digs apiece. LCU's Kristina Nichols had 19 kills, Maliah Feller-Blakemore and Hannah Pritchett shared setting duties with 27 and 20 assists, respectively, and Hannah Trexler recorded 26 digs.
With the two wins tonight, the Eutectics have improved their record to 6-11 (0-5 AMC). Tomorrow night they host William Woods University for an AMC matchup in St. Louis at 7 p.m.