Freshman Stephanie Cerino tallied a career-high 11 kills as the University of Evansville volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep at SIU Edwardsville on Tuesday evening.
With its first road sweep since Bradley last year, the Aces improve their mark to 5-9 entering their first Valley road trip this weekend. The Cougars fall to 4-7 with the defeat.
Cerino's effort was also a precise one as she hit .429 on the night while recording just two errors. Ashley Ring and Lauren Seyller each tallied nine kills while Katie Klages had a match high in digs with 21 while Jenn Murphy led everyone with 35 assists. Emma Anderson led the way for SIUE as she tallied 11 kills.
Seyller helped the Purple Aces get off to a quick start as she registered a pair of kills to open up set number one. With the score tied at 8-8, it was Meaghan Holmes' turn as her kill sent the Aces on a 5-0 run as they took a 13-8 advantage. She also notched the last kill of the run as UE capped its lead.
Two more tallied gave UE a 15-9 lead, but the Cougars came right back as Emma Anderson notched a pair of kills in a 6-0 run that tied the set up once again. Stephanie Cerino helped Evansville score the next three points as they would hold on to take a 25-22 win. Seyller's fifth kill of the game sealed the win.
Another close game ensued in the second frame as Seyller notched yet another score to give UE a quick 2-0 lead. The Cougars came back and the back-and-forth fight saw seven ties lead to a 14-14 score.
SIU Edwardsville posted three points in a row to jump up 17-14 before seeing that lead stand at 23-18 following an ace and a UE error. At that point, Hanna Wilson and Holmes, combined with three SIUE errors, helped the Aces tie the game up at 23-23. The Cougars tallied the 24th point on a Brooke Smith kill before Ashley Ring helped the Aces post the next two points.
The excitement kept going as the squads battled to a 28-28 tie before Ring gave UE a 29-28 lead. With the match on the line, it was SIUE who committed the pivotal error as UE went up 2-0 in the match with a 30-28 win.
SIUE looked to right the ship as they began the third set with a 4-0 run. That lead was short-lived, however, as four-straight Cougar errors helped the Aces tie it right up. Evansville continued what would turn into a 9-2 run as Cerino led a 3-0 stretch to give the Aces a 9-6 edge.
Evansville's advantage would later grow to five points at 19-14 before SIUE made one last effort. In a match that featured several runs, the Cougars posted the next five points to tie it up once again at 19-19. What would end up being a deciding moment came on the next point as a Jenn Murphy kill gave UE a lead it would not give up as they earned the 25-23 win and the sweep.