From Tuscaloosa, Ala. to Indianapolis, the Lady Govs volleyball team has been on the road since the season started. Unfortunately, instead of the kind of road trip people remember fondly when they are older, sipping coffee early on a Sunday, this has been the kind of brutal road trip that spawns nightmares and inspires bad movies starring grown-up kid stars from Nickelodeon.
The Lady Govs earned their sixth straight loss on the road during their first two conference matches against Eastern Kentucky (25-23, 19-25, 23-25, 23-25) and Morehead State (16-25, 25-21, 20-25, 17-25) Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17.
Both matches went to four sets, but ended in disappointment for the Lady Govs. Senior outside hitter Ilyanna Hernandez was a bright spot in both matches. She posted a season high 17 kills against EKU and was named Copies in a Flash Player of the Game. Hernandez added 11 more kills against Morehead.
Normally explosive junior outside hitter Nikki Doyle, struggled against EKU, producing seven errors in addition to 11 kills. She recovered against Morehead with 12 kills.
The Lady Govs played from behind most of the sets against Eastern Kentucky. Despite tying the game several times, they were only able to close successfully once, in the second set.
They did manage to battle EKU to 11 ties in the third set and 10 ties in the fourth. However, reminiscent of other matches this season, they were not able to consistently make the key consistent plays in the end to get the win.
Morehead proved they were the defending regular season champions with a second conference win against the Lady Govs. They produced 59 kills with an overall .258 attack percentage. Comparatively, the Lady Govs posted a .140 attack percentage and recorded 41 kills.
Sophomore Lauren Henderson put on an impressive defensive display in the losing effort with seven blocks. She was named the Copies ina Flash Player of the Game.
Otherwise, fans in Morehead may have thought they were watching a repeat of the sets against Eastern Kentucky.
The loss to Morehead marked the end of 13 straight matches on the road for the Lady Govs. On Friday, Sept. 23, they will begin OVC conference play against Eastern Illinois at home in the Dunn Center. The stay home will continue Saturday, Sept. 24 against SIU Edwardsville. TAS