Eutectics Begin Conference Play
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Photo by Briana Hepfinger.
After a four-set win over the Fontbonne University Griffins (25-21, 22-25, 25-15, 25-14) on Thursday, Sept. 10, the Eutectics played their first conference matches of the season, beginning with national champion contender Columbia College. The Cougars, currently ranked seventh in the nation, disposed of the Eutectics quickly in Columbia’s Southwell Complex with set scores of 25-11, 25-8, 25-10. Eutectic setter Kaitlyn LaBoube was limited to 13 assists, while outside hitters Alyssa Hitpas and Katie Krajczar claimed six kills apiece.
Two days later, the Euts returned to Columbia to take on the Stephens College Stars, where they suffered a four-set loss, 25-23, 25-13, 22-25, 26-24. LaBoube had 31 assists, three aces, and 16 digs for the Euts, while Hitpas notched 18 kills, and middle blockers Kelsey Toler and Bethany Meyer tallied three blocks each.
At 0-2 in conference play, the Eutectics hosted Harris Stowe State University on Tuesday, Sept. 23, finding their first AMC win, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18, 25-18. Toler hit at 21% against the scrappy Hornets, claiming 10 kills and collecting four blocks. LaBoube put up 37 assists and 16 digs, while libero Mallory Mensing racked up 23 digs.
To close out the week, the Euts hosted nationally ranked Missouri Baptist University on Thursday, Sept. 25. The STLCOP team took one set off the Spartans, but wound up with a 3-1 loss (25-17, 25-13, 22-25, 25-15). Toler had nine kills, averaging 33%, LaBoube had 23 assists, and Mensing picked up 16 digs.
The Eutectics are now 5-4 overall and 1-3 in the AMC. This week the conference competition continues with matches at William Woods University in Fulton on Tuesday, Sept. 30, and nationally-ranked Park University in Parkville on Thursday, Oct. 2.