EUREKA – After a frigid week of inclement weather, the Eureka volleyball team is headed on the road this weekend to continue its season at Fontbonne.
On Saturday, the Red Devils will vie for their first win of the season against the Griffins at 4 p.m.
The Red Devils are 0-3 in their first three matches, but they're clearly trending in the right direction.
Last Friday night at home, they picked up their first set win of the season in a competitive four-set loss against Spalding.
After just coming up short in Set 2, the Red Devils finished strong in Set 4, ripping off the last five points of the set, with a kill by Emma Harris clinching it. EC kept it close in the fourth and final set as well, but Spalding rallied to seal the match victory.
Junior middle hitter Corrinne DeBoard was the Red Devils' kills leader, notching 11 kills on 47 swings, along with a team-high 16 digs.
Harris, a junior transfer from MacMurray and outside hitter, followed with 10 kills on 42 swings, while freshman Katelin Peters added six kills while hitting a team-best .263. Setter Faith Catour racked up a career-high 31 assists.
In addition, Rori Dosemagen contributed 11 digs and a team-high aces in her Red Devil debut. Libero Jordyn Fox is currently fourth in the league with 47 total digs and is fifth in digs per set with 4.70.
Fontbonne is currently 0-3. After falling to Blackburn in five sets in its season opener, the Griffins dropped a four setter against Westminster and were swept by Webster last week.
However, freshman Hannah Gallagher sophomore Jadyn Fitzgerald are first in third in the SLIAC in kills per set with 3.67 and 3.25, respectively. Senior setter Abby Grumich is second in the SLIAC in assists per set with 9.44.
The Griffins swept the Red Devils twice in 2019.
On Tuesday, the Red Devils will be back on the road to make up the match against Blackburn that was postponed earlier this week.
Blackburn is currently 1-1 after topping Fontbonne in five sets in its season opener and falling to Westminster in four on Saturday.
Junior middle hitter Lucy Magnussen leads the team in kills with 2.44 per set and is fifth in the SLIAC in hitting percentage at .345. Freshman right side Emily Eitzenhefer is fifth in the league in blocks per set at .83.
The Red Devils split with Blackburn in 2019, besting the Beavers in four sets on Sept. 28 and falling in three on Oct. 15.