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Regular Season Conference Championship Slips Away for Red Wolves at Home
October 24, 2013IU EAST BROADCAST SPORTS
by Franklin Crist
RICHMOND, Ind. – The IU East Red Wolves volleyball team (23-11, 9-2) had it’s outright regular season championship hopes dashed by Asbury (28-7, 8-1) with a 3-1 loss (23-25, 14-25, 25-19, 20-25) at home to the visiting Eagles on senior night. The Red Wolves overcame a small deficit in the third set, resulting in their only set win of the contest. Fast starts by Asbury and early deficits for the Red Wolves in both the second (0-8) and fourth (0-6) sets both proved to be deficits insurmountable by IU East.
IU East can still claim a share of the regular season title with a loss by Asbury to finish out the conference year at IU Kokomo. The chances of the Red Wolves making the national tournament are mostly laying on them being capturing the conference title Nov. 15-16 at Midway. As they have been all year the Red Wolves will be lead by their lone senior Libero Meagan Stoker (Celina, Ohio/Celina High School) into the post season. Even after the heartbreaking home loss on senior night, Stoker is poised as ever to lead the back row through the remainder of her contests in a Red Wolf uniform.
“One of my goals for sure is to beat Asbury, but yes, we want to win the conference tournament. I really would like to see Asbury again. Just getting that revenge is really nice sometimes. We might not be ready right now, but once we get our focus back, we should be ready come that time.”
Perhaps the road stretch IU East will go on to round out the year may be just what they need going into the conference tournament. Putting the dashed outright conference title hopes in the past and traveling might shake away the senior night heartbreak suffered by even more than the senior and her family. Getting some confidence and positive vibes in the IU East locker room could be good for the Red Wolves and their faithful.
“To be honest, I don’t think we’ve even played up to our potential this year. We are super talented, and I think some of our players are better than even they think they are. Once some of them get it, we could be real dangerous.
Asbury outdid IU East on the offensive end as the Eagles accounted for eleven more kills than the Red Wolves. Like many nights for IU East, sophomore Mallory Livingston (Union City, Ohio/Mississinewa Valley High School) led the Red Wolves with ten, and was the only IU East player in double figures. Stoker led all players with 28 digs.
IU East will start its three game road trip before the KIAC tournament Oct. 26 at Lawrence Tech. The Red Wolves swept the Blue Devils earlier in the year 3-0 in Richmond.