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Red Wolves take 2 Wins in Key Dual Weekend
October 6, 2013IU EAST BROADCAST SPORTS
by FRANKLIN CRIST...RadioTroy.com
RICHMOND, Ind. – The IU East women’s volleyball team picked up two Saturday conference wins that propelled them that much closer to claiming a possible KIAC conference title. The Red Wolves won in dominant form by beating both the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy and Cincinnati Christian University in straight sets (25-20, 25-20, 25-14) and (25-12, 25-13, 25-16) respectively.
It was a tale of two games as another sluggish start plagued IU East as the Red wolves slipped behind early in the morning game against StLCOP in the first two sets, but recovered well enough to take out the Eutectics in three.
“We definitely have been playing down to other team’s levels.” Stated head coach Adam Stevenson. “It’s just a sign of our youth. In the end we rose to the occasion, but we need to start with the intensity we end with.”
Stevenson’s balanced attack on the front end of the Red Wolves’ side of the net started off a bit shaky, but IU East got a big morning out of Freshmen Morgan Steinbrunner (Rockford, Ohio/ Parkway High School) who recorded double digit kills (10) to lead the Red Wolves along with a .450 hitting percentage for the StLCOP contest.
“A lot of teams really key in on Mallory (Livingston), and it is tempting to give her a majority of the sets because she always produces, but in the end it’s easier to eliminate one person from the offense than it is to worry about the whole team.”
IU East rallies were jump started on numerous occasions by Junior Lindsay Kurz (Indianapolis, IN./ Lutheran High School) with her crafty ball skills from the setter position. Kurz recorded six kills while also sending the Eutectic defense on a flurry of wild ball chases on numerous other occasions with her quick sets into the holes in StLCOP’s defense.
With the Red Wolves riding a 6 game loosing streak entering the weekend, the two weekend victories proved to be beneficial to the camaraderie on the IU East sideline.
“Our girls are learning to win.” Stevenson finally added. We need to learn to be dominant, and to expect to win every night. We tend to take points off, and ultimately we can’t afford that.
IU East earned its second win on the day in the afternoon game against Cincinnati Christian, which also saw a sweep by the home Red Wolves. This time out, the Red Wolves got out to a quick start, which saw no amount of resistance from the other side of the net out of the Golden Eagles.
The visiting Golden Eagles were outdone in nearly every major aspect of the stat book by an obviously bigger and athletic IU East team.
Steinbrunner repeated as the lead kill getter (21) for the Red Wolves in IU East’s second win on the Saturday. A stifling back row rooted the defense on the IU East side of the net. Junior Cinder Weber (Muncie, Ind./ Wapahani High School)
attributed 7 digs, while Kurz chipped in 8 and senior Libero Meghan Stoker (Celina, Ohio/Celina High School) led the passing attack with 13 of her own.
Despite a somewhat dismal showing from the CCU Golden Eagles, which in turn resulted in a slow afternoon match for the Red Wolves, they made quick work of the visiting squad rooted by Stoker’s focus and senior leadership.
“I just tell myself that this is my senior year.” Stoker exclaimed. It’s my last year playing in this jersey, and I don’t want to look back and have any regrets.”
Coach Stevenson got many players into the mix late when the match was in hand in order to gain experience among the newcomers on the Red Wolf squad.
“Our key is we gain confidence off of past performance.” Stoker said finally. “When we play well, it’s easier to keep playing well. It’s nice to get the younger girls in there and get them some playing time every once in a while. We all are on the same page as far as knowing what we have to do, so it isn’t difficult to have an entire new back row come in and play well with them.”
IU East improves to 18-10 (5-1) on the year and is currently second in the conference controlling their own destiny with four inner league games remaining, including finishing off the conference season at home vs. KIAC leader Asbury Oct. 27.
The Red Wolves will host KIAC member IU Southeast October 8 at Seton Catholic High School