The Eutectic women's volleyball team dominated the Hannibal-LaGrange University Trojans (2-17, 1-3 AMC) tonight in straight sets, 25-14, 25-17, 25-9, in the STLCOP gymnasium for an American Midwest Conference match in front of a large home crowd.
After a 3-3 tie in Set 1, Kaitlyn Cid (FR/Colorado Springs, Colo.) served up three points in a row to make it 7-3, and the Eutectics never looked back. An ace from Lauren Brown (JR/Phoenix, Ariz.) followed consecutive kills from Brown, Sierra Sagucio (SO/Honolulu, Hawaii), and Mackenzie Wagner (SR/Walford, Iowa) to get the Euts to game point (24-14). Then, an attack error by the Trojans finished the set.
A kill by Sagucio started the Euts off in Set 2, but HLG followed up with four points in a row to go up 4-1. With ground to make up, kills from Brianna Landrum (JR/Ironton, Mo.) and Brown helped the Euts regain the lead at 5-4. From there, the lead bounced back and forth until Mackenzie Wagner got to the service line at 17-14. Bolstered by a powerful front row, including blocks by Cassady Reno (JR/O'Fallon, Ill.), Sierra Sagucio, and Tessa Butt (JR/Portage, Mich.), Wagner served up six points in a row to earn STLCOP a solid lead to finish out the set. Reno totaled an impressive four blocks in the set.
With the Eutectics up two sets to one, Kacie Kinnikin (JR/Belleville, Ill.) started the third set with two service aces during her three-point run to put the Euts up 3-0. Despite their efforts, the Trojans could not respond to the powerful attacks from the Eutectic front row, rarely able to defend the attacks to set up their hitters for a counterattack in this final set, scoring only nine points. Lauren Brown led the Eutectic hitters, accounting for eight of the teams' 16 kills in the set.
Tonight was "Dig for Pink" day – a fund raiser for Breast Cancer Awareness month in which fans pledge a donation for every Eutectic dig. The Eutectics' whopping 86 total digs in the match are sure to add up to large dollar amount. Together, Lauren Brown and Kaitlyn Cid accounted for half of those digs. Brown also finished the match with 17 kills (of 29 attempts), hitting at .517, with only two errors. Brianna Landrum, Sierra Sagucio, and Cassady Reno each collected seven kills, while Mackenzie Wagner had six. Alaina Caldwell (SR/DuQuoin, Ill.) set up 22 of the team's 47 kills in the match. Reno recorded three solo blocks and two block assists, as the team racked up a total of six.
With 12 matches left in the regular season, the Eutectics, now 10-7 (3-2 AMC), have already earned the most wins in a season for the program since 2013. The Euts will have time to savor tonight's AMC win for a full week before their next competition when they host Lindenwood University-Belleville on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m.