Volleyball players break records, go 3-1 at tournament

Steve Rose

Sept. 1 is a day Missouri Southern volleyball fans should remember for quite some time.

The Lions broke four school records.

Junior setter Sarah Joles scored 73 assists, and broke Jenny Easter’s mark of 71 in 1966 against North Alabama.

Sophomore libero Kari Hammerbacher set the mark at 54 digs, breaking former teammate Megan Norman’s record of 48.

Overall, the team set records in total attempts of 271, and 78 assists, setting four new records.

On Sept. 7, the Lions took charge of both games against Montevallo and against Eastern New Mexico on the opening day of the Harding Invite in Searcy, Ark.

The Lions set up a 3-0 win against Montevallo and served a 3-1 win against Eastern New Mexico. Individual game scores were 30-24, twice and 30-23, with .239 as a team including the .324 mark in the second game with 15 kills and only three errors.

In this game, senior middle hitter Ashley Wright dominated with nine kills, six total blocks, hitting .643 and no errors. Senior outside hitter Sarah Hoffmeister got to eight kills with 18 digs, backed up with four aces.

Joles got 31 assists and Hammerbacher had 13 digs.

On Sept. 8, the team closed out Henderson 3-0 but lost in the Harding match-up by a mirrored record of 3-0.

The Lions (9-4) fired up and defeated Henderson State (6-2), blowing the Reddies away in a 30-19, 30-23 and 30-28 match. Overall, the Lions hit .467 as a team and, backed up by only two errors, got 16 total kills in the first game. Hoffmeister had a total of 12 kills and 11 digs in the win, as Joles chipped in her grand total of 27 assists and six service aces. Wright and redshirt freshman outside hitter Ashlee Russell, had 10 and 11 kills in the match.

The Lions hit a brick wall on Sept. 8 in match two against Harding (9-3). In the end, the Bisons scores were 23-30, 22-30 and 25-30.

Southern went 3-1 overall at the tournament. The Lions will be in action tonight when they play host to Pittsburg State. The match starts at 7 p.m. in the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. Admission is free for students.