SE Volleyball embarrasses ECU

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Brittany McDonald goes up for the kill in the Oct. 1-2 SE Regional Crossover. McDonald finished that match with a season-high of 17 kills and a new SE attack percentage record of.850. She was named LSC defensive player of the week.

Southeastern volleyball took advantage of 34 total East Central errors en route to a 3-0 road win over the Tigers on Tuesday, Oct. 26 in Ada.

The game was a non-conference tilt and kept the Savage Storm a perfect 6-0 in the three seasons that the SE-ECU rivalry has been played on the volleyball court.

The win improves the Storm to 7-14 on the season, while dropping the Tigers to 3-24.

SE will be back on the court on tonight when it hosts Texas Woman’s at 7 p.m. in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.

The Storm will close out the home portion of the volleyball schedule on Oct. 30 at 2 p.m. against Texas A&M-Commerce.

SE improved it margin of victory in each set, edging out a 25-23 win in set one, followed by a 25-22 mark in set two and a slightly more comfortable 25-21 in the finale.

The Storm found themselves trailing the opening set 23-20, but took advantage of an ECU error to get the side out and reeled off five-straight points to get the 25-23 win.

In the second set, SE jumped out in front and led by as much as 16-10 before holding off an ECU charge for the 25-22 win.

The final set was neck-and-neck all the way up to a 19-19 ties before SE scored six of the last eight points to nab the 25-21 win.

The Storm was led in the match by Courtney Miller who tallied eight kills, while Taylor Clinebell chipped in seven.

Chelsea White dished out a match-high 23 assists and also added five kills and nine digs in the winning effort.

Raelynn Beaty paced the back-row defense with 16 digs, while Miller chipped in 10.

SE got back to its outblocking ways, holding a 6.0-to-4.0 team advantage, led by Brittany McDonald who had a solo and three assists.

Earlier this month, McDonald was named Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the week following her record-setting performance in the Storm’s win over St. Mary’s (Texas) on Oct. 1.

McDonald finished the match with a season-high 17 kills and a school-record .850 attack percentage.

These statistics  also placed her in a tie for third all-time in the NCAA record book.

Photo by Dan Hoke