|Kaitlyn LaBoube sets Kelly Plach.
Photo by Debbie LaBoube
Last year, the Eutectics celebrated their first-ever victory in the conference tournament in the first round. This year, the Euts made history again by winning the first round and the quarterfinals, advancing to the semifinals of the tournament for the first time ever. It was a fitting way for the Eutectics to say goodbye to the KIAC as they move to the American Midwest Conference (AMC) next fall.
On Nov. 15, the Eutectics, who opened the tournament as the seventh seed, defeated 10th seed Midway College on its home court in the first round of the tournament, 25-18, 25-22, 25-12. Second-year outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas led the team with 11 kills and two aces during the match. Third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube collected 28 assists and combined with third-year middle blocker Kelsey Toler for five blocks. Second-year libero Mallory Mensing led the team with 16 digs.
Having won the opening round match, the Euts advanced to the quarterfinals later in the day against second-ranked Indiana University-East. It was here that the Eutectics pulled off a huge upset, winning decisively with scores of 25-16, 25-22, 25-14. First-year defensive specialist Shelby Gibson served up eight aces in the match. First-year outside hitter Ashley Walter had eight kills for the Euts, while LaBoube set up 23 assists and Mensing dug 12 attacks.
The Euts could not come up with another upset in the semifinals, losing 25-19, 25-11, 25-20, to third-ranked Indiana University-Southeast. Hitpas led the Euts with six kills and 18 digs.
The Eutectics finished their final season in the KIAC in fourth place – the highest conference finish in STLCOP volleyball history. LaBoube, who broke the STLCOP record for career assists this year and averaged 8.2 assists per set this season, was named to the All-Conference 2nd Team. She is the first STLCOP volleyball player to be named All-Conference since 2009. The Eutectic team finished the season with a 15-21 record – STLCOP’s best record in nine years.
|Senior Kelly Plach goes for a kill.
Photo by Debbie LaBoube
The Eutectic volleyball team fought hard, but eventually succumbed to Principia College on Tuesday, Oct. 29 and Kaskaskia College on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Pillbox. The Principia match went four sets with scores of 21-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22. Second-year outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas led the team with 17 kills and 21 digs for the Euts and was set up by third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube, who racked up 39 assists, three aces, and 24 digs during the match. STLCOP’s defense was led by second-year libero Mallory Mensing with 24 digs and fifth-year middle blocker Kelly Plach with five blocks.
The following night, the Euts played a marathon match against Kaskaskia College, losing in the fifth set 22-25, 25-14, 17-25, 25-21, 15-11. Hitpas again had 17 kills, including three aces, while LaBoube notched 28 assists. Plach collected eight kills, averaging 47 percent for hitting and Mensing dug up 14 attacks. Third-year Kelsey Toler had three blocks for the night.
The Eutectics are 13-19 with one match left in the regular season. They play their final match this Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Fontbonne University. The KIAC tournament will begin on Friday, Nov. 15.
The Eutectics welcomed five schools to the Pillbox to compete in the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 18-19. After Friday’s pool play, the Euts were 1-1, with a win over KIAC foe Midway College, 3-0, and a loss to tournament newcomer Williams Baptist College, 0-3. The next day, STLCOP defeated Harris-Stowe State University, 3-0, to get into the semifinals against defending tournament champion Oakland City University. The Euts lost to OCU, 3-0, who would later lose to Williams Baptist for the championship.
Third-year student-athlete Kaitlyn LaBoube was one of six players at the tournament to be named to the All-Tournament Team through a vote by tournament coaches. It was her third year in a row to receive the honor. LaBoube averaged 26.5 assists, 1.2 service aces, 10.7 digs, and 3.2 kills per match over the tournament.
The Euts hosted Lindenwood University-Belleville in the Pillbox on Tuesday, Oct. 22, for the second part of a home and home series. The STLCOP team managed to avenge its 3-0 loss at Belleville in September with a scrappy 3-2 win over the Lynx. Second-year outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas had 15 kills and three service aces in the match.
Friday, Oct. 25, the STLCOP team picked up another win in the Pillbox over Lincoln Christian University 3-1. Hitpas again led the Euts with 15 kills, four aces, and 19 digs. Those stats moved Hitpas up the KIAC statistical rankings to second in aces per set (0.5) and fourth in kills per set (3.1).
The Eutectics are now 13-17 (5-6 in the KIAC). Next up, they host Principia College on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Kaskaskia College on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Pillbox with a 7 p.m. start time for both matches.
|Kaitlyn Laboube and Kelsey Toler
go up for a block.
Photo by Debbie LaBoube.
The STLCOP volleyball team came home with its ninth win of the season on Tuesday night after a trip to Carlinville, Ill., to play Blackburn College. The Euts wasted no time defeating the Beavers, finishing the 3-0 match in under an hour with scores of 25-7, 25-8, 25-16.
Second-year outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas led the Euts, averaging 38 percent for attacks, with 10 kills and four aces for the match. Third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube set up 21 kills while second-year libero Mallory Mensing led the Eutectic defense with 14 digs.
The STLCOP team is now 9-15 for the season and 4-6 in the KIAC. The Euts’ next competitions will be at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Tournament in the Pillbox on Oct. 18-19.
The Eutectics celebrate on the court.
The Eutectics went 1-1 at a conference tri-match hosted by Indiana University East on Saturday, Sept. 5. After suffering a 3-0 loss to the IUE Red Wolves, the Euts bounced back, posting a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Christian University Eagles.
First-year outside hitter Ashley Walter had 12 kills versus IUE, while second-year libero Mallory Mensing had 15 digs and third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube tallied 26 assists. Against CCU, Walter touted a 60 percent attack average, racking up 19 kills during the match. Mensing again led the team in digs with 16, and third-year outside hitter Kelsey Toler collected four blocks. LaBoube notched a career-high 44 assists during the CCU match to add to her STLCOP record. She is currently ranked fourth in the KIAC for assists per set (8.22) and aces per set (0.5).
The Eutectics are now 8-15 for the season and 4-6 in the KIAC. Next up, the Eutectics will travel to Carlinville, Ill., for a return match against the Blackburn College Beavers, whom they defeated in the Pillbox on Sept. 3.
Kaitlyn LaBoube tips the ball as
The Eutectic volleyball team stayed in town for two away matches when they played at Harris Stowe State University on Monday, Sept. 30, and Missouri Baptist University on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The Euts collected a three-set win over the Harris Stowe Hornets, 25-15, 25-22, 25-16, but lost to the Missouri Baptist Spartans, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18, the following night.
Third-year outside hitter Kelsey Toler hit 11 kills against Harris Stowe and picked up four blocks versus the Spartans. First-year outside hitter Katie Krajczar led the Euts in kills at Missouri Baptist with six. Third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube added 43 assists to her STLCOP record for the two matches, while second-year libero Mallory Mensing racked up 29 digs over the two days.
The Euts are now 7-14 for the season and 3-5 in the KIAC. On Sat., Oct. 5, they will play in a conference tri-match in Richmond, Ind., against Indiana University East and Cincinnati Christian University.
|Kaitlyn LaBoube prepares to set
the ball for Katie Krajczar.
Photo by Debbie LaBoube.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy's third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube broke the school record for career assists during a home match with MacMurray College on Friday, Sept. 27. The previous record was set in 2008, when then-Eutectic setter Michelle Turner racked up 1722 career assists by the final match of her fourth and final year of competition. Without much fanfare – and even a look of surprise from LaBoube, the game was stopped to make the announcement that with her 22nd assist of the match, she became the new record-holder. The game ball was recovered after the record-breaking assist so that it could be presented to LaBoube during a special announcement at the STLCOP Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 18. By the end of Friday's tri-match, LaBoube had racked up 1760 career assists. She will surely add to her record through the rest of this season and all of next season.
The Euts took both matches of the tri-match on Friday to four sets, but could not pull out a win, losing 25-22, 25-27, 25-9, 25-23 to MacMurray, and 25-14, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15 to IUS. Currently 6-13, the team will play two away matches this week versus Harris Stowe State University and Missouri Baptist University on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
|Alyssa Hitpas goes for a kill.
Photo by Debbie LaBoube.
Over the past week, the Eutectic volleyball team has been busy, playing six matches in five days. As if that weren’t enough, the Euts managed to stretch four of the six into at least four-set matches, winning three. At the Berea College Spoonbread Smash tournament in Berea, Ky., on Sept. 20 and 21, the Euts went 2-2. After losing to conference foe Brescia University, 3-1, on Friday, the Euts enjoyed wins over Carlow University and University of Pikesville, 3-2 and 3-1, respectively. Host Berea College defeated the Euts 3-1 in their final match of the tournament. Second-year outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas was named to the All-Tournament team for her spectacular play. During the tournament, she averaged 13 kills, 18 digs, and three aces per set. Her stellar play also earned her PRORehab Player of the Week honors.
The Euts were back in action Monday, Sept. 23, as they traveled to Centralia, Ill., to play Kaskaskia College, where they suffered a 3-0 loss to the Blue Angels. The following night, STLCOP defeated the Benedictine University-Springfield Bulldogs in the Pillbox in straight sets. In addition to it being the two teams’ first-ever matchup, the match was a significant win for the Euts over the American Midwest Conference (AMC) member team. It was a first taste of what the Eutectics will encounter next year when they join the AMC.
The Eutectics are ranked seventh of 12 teams in the KIAC with a 3-4 record. The team holds the No. 1 statistical ranking in the KIAC for aces per set, averaging 2.1. This Friday, Sept. 27, the STLCOP team will host MacMurray College and KIAC member Indiana University Southeast for a tri-match in the Pillbox beginning at 4 p.m.
|Kaitlyn LaBoube serves while her
teammates look on.
Photo by Debbie LaBoube.
After 11 matches, the Eutectic volleyball team leads the KIAC in service aces per set at 2.2. Stellar serving from third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube and second-year outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas account for much of that status. Both LaBoube and Hitpas are averaging 0.6 aces per set and are ranked in the top five in the conference in that statistical category. LaBoube also currently holds the No. 3 position on the KIAC lists for assists per set, averaging 7.9, while Hitpas is at No. 5 for kills per set with 3.1. With a 2-3 record in the KIAC, the STLCOP team is currently ranked sixth of 12 teams.
On Saturday, Sept. 14, the Eutectic volleyball team traveled to Wilmore, Ky., to compete against three KIAC teams. The Euts started with a win over Alice Lloyd College, 25-11, 25-17, 25-5, but the Euts suffered two losses later in the day to Point Park University, 25-15, 32-30, 26-24, and Asbury University, 25-9, 25-19, 25-16. LaBoube collected 67 assists for the day, inching closer to the STLCOP record for career assists, which she is in position to break by the end of the season. Hitpas had 30 kills for the weekend.
The Euts hosted Fontbonne University on Tuesday, Sept. 17, losing 4-1 to the Griffins. After winning the first set 25-22, the Euts lost momentum, giving up the next three sets, 25-23, 25-19, 25-20. LaBoube racked up another 28 assists, 13 digs, and three blocks during the match. Hitpas led the team in kills with 11, while second-year libero Mallory Mensing had three aces and 14 digs for the Euts.
|First-year outside hitter
Ashley Walter finds a hole
between IUK blockers.
Photo by Debbie LaBoube.
Coming into the home tri-match on Saturday, Sept. 7, the Euts were 1-3 for the season with the first conference matches of the season on deck. In the first match-up of the day, both STLCOP and Brescia came out hitting. The Eutectics pulled away in the middle of the first set, only to have the Bearcats catch up and win 27-25. Beyond that set, the Eutectics never let the Bearcats near the lead, claiming victory in three more sets (25-17, 25-8, 25-21) and improving their record to 2-3 (1-0 in KIAC). Second-year outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas led the Euts with 13 kills and 23 digs, while fifth-year middle blocker Kelly Plach and first-year outside hitter Katie Krajczar had eight kills each and a better-than-30 percent hitting percentage. Third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube collected 37 assists and seven aces during the match.
Indiana University-Kokomo, newcomers to the KIAC, proved to be a tougher conference match up for the Eutectics, who lost 25-20, 25-22, 25-20. The Euts hung tough, showing flashes of greatness, including four more aces and 27 assists from LaBoube, 14 digs from second-year libero Mallory Mensing, and 11 kills (43.5 percent for attacks) from first-year middle blocker Ashley Walter. Walter earned ProRehab Player of the Week honors for her stellar performance on the court throughout the week.
After an originally scheduled home match on Monday versus Harris Stowe State University was rescheduled for October, the Euts had at trip to Lindenwood University-Belleville to look forward to on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Euts suffered their fifth loss of the season to the Lady Lynx, 27-25, 25-20, 25-21. Plach’s hitting percentage for the match was an impressive 53.3 percent while racking up eight kills. Third-year outside hitter Kelsey Toler led the Euts with nine kills while first-year outside hitter Katie Krajczar had three service aces for the Eutectic team.
Now at 2-5 (1-1) for the season, the Euts will prepare for more conference matches on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Wilmore, Ky., when they face Alice Lloyd College, Point Park University, and Asbury University.
The Eutectic volleyball team overpowered Blackburn College in the Pillbox on Tuesday, Sept. 3, to notch its first victory of the season. After three hard-fought losses to open 2013, the Euts were primed and ready to battle the Beavers for a win. The STLCOP squad won the battle in straight sets: 25-15, 25-21, 25-10.
Second-year outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas pounded down 12 kills and made 11 digs for the Euts while third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube racked up 17 assists. First-year outside hitter Ashley Walter found her serving groove, collecting four aces and adding eight points to the Eutectic total score via kills. LaBoube, averaging just over eight assists per set, is currently ranked second in the KIAC for that category.
The Eutectics are now 1-3 for the season. The team hopes to improve on that record on Saturday, Sept. seventh, when they host conference rivals Brescia University and Indiana Univeristy-Kokomo in the Pillbox at 11 a.m and 3 p.m., respectively.
Kaitlyn LaBoube, Kelsey Toler, and Alyssa Hitpas
It’s been a rocky start to the 2013 season for the Eutectic volleyball team. After three matches, the Euts have yet to win, despite having three sets to their name. With 19 players on the roster, including 10 newcomers, it may take some time to find the right chemistry on the court. Head coach Randi Tyler believes the team is on the right track.
After enduring a season-opening three set loss on Aug. 20 to Mid-Continent University in the Pillbox, the Euts traveled to Union, Mo., on Tuesday, Aug. 27, to take on the East Central College Falcons. Last season, the Euts beat the Falcons 3-2 in the Pillbox, but this year the location was reversed and so was the score. After the Euts decisively won the first set 25-12, the Falcons overtook the Euts in the second and third sets, winning 25-23 and 25-21. The Euts fought back in the fourth set, 26-24, only to succumb to the Falcons in the deciding match, 15-12. Third-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube averaged eight assists and six digs per set while first- and second-year outside hitters Ashley Walter and Alyssa Hitpas each had 13 kills for the Euts.
On Aug. 29, the Eutectics again hosted Mid-Continent University in hopes of avenging the previous week’s loss to the Cougars. Despite a valiant 34-32 set comeback win in the third set, the Euts could not hold off the powerful Cougars in the end, losing 25-18, 25-17, 34-32, 25-21. LaBoube averaged nine assists per set and served up three aces for the Euts. Hitpas again led the offense with 14 kills, but also racked up 25 digs over the course of the match.
The Eutectics will enjoy Labor Day Weekend off from competition before returning to the Pillbox to host Blackburn College on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
|The Eutectic volleyball team lines up before
the home opener in the Pillbox.
With eight returners and 11 newcomers, the 2013 Eutectic volleyball team boasts the largest roster in STLCOP history. While the 19 players offer depth to the traditionally small team, it may also take some time for Head Coach Randi Tyler and Assistant Coach Katie Payne to find the best chemistry between players on the court.
"Our lineup will be evolving over the first few matches," Tyler said. "There will be big opportunities for the first-years to get a significant amount of playing time - even with the large number of returners. With the unlimited subs [per NAIA rules] everyone could play."
True to her word, Tyler played around with the lineups at the home opener on Tuesday, Aug. 20 versus Mid-Continent University, allowing almost every Eutectic player some time on the court. Despite losing 0-3 to the Cougars, Tyler was satisfied with most of what she saw in the first match. "I thought we played pretty well - especially in the first set," she said. "We lost focus a bit in the second set, and nerves were definitely a factor."
STLCOP had not played Mid-Continent in previous years and the Eutectic coaches were unsure of what to expect with the Cougars' brand new coach and three starting freshmen. But, Tyler lists one of the Eutectic teams' biggest challenges as the inclusion of several teams from the American Midwest Conference (AMC) on the schedule this year. "I'm most excited about playing so many teams that we'll see in the AMC conference next year," she said, referring to STLCOP's transfer from the KIAC to the AMC next fall. Mid-Continent joined the AMC this fall.
As for STLCOP's final year in the KIAC, there are a lot of unknowns factoring into Tyler's goals and predictions. "There's been a lot of change in the the KIAC," she said. "New coaches for Indiana University-East, Berea, and Indiana University-Southeast- plus adding Indiana University-Kokomo. We're pretty excited, but who knows what to expect at the conference level."
The Eutectics will travel to Union, Mo., to play the East Central College Falcons on Tuesday, Aug. 27, before taking another crack at the Mid-Continent Cougars in the Pillbox on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.
Fourth-year student and starting middle blocker for the Eutectic volleyball team, Kelly Plach received NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete accolades for the fall semester. To be eligible for the award, student-athletes must compete on an intercollegiate team and maintain a 3.5 cumulative grade point average as a junior or above. This is Plach's second year receiving the award.
The Eutectic women's volleyball team made STLCOP history on Friday, Nov. 9, when it became the first STLCOP team ever to advance to the second round of the conference tournament. The eighth-ranked Euts defeated ninth-ranked Berea College in three sets in the first round of the tournament in Cincinnati. Setter Kaitlyn LaBoube dug up 10 attacks and put up 31 assists for the Euts. Thirteen of her assists were set for outside hitter Alyssa Hitpas, who led the team in kills. After the 25-15, 25-19, 25-14 win over the Berea Mountaineers, the Euts moved on to face undefeated Indiana University East. The Eutectics were unable to pull off an upset over the top-ranked Red Wolves in the second round, who would move on to become the conference champions.
LaBoube racked up 836 assists for the season, averaging 8.12 per set, which breaks the STLCOP record for single season assists per set, which was previously 7.43. She finished the season ranked fourth in the KIAC for assists per set and aces per set (0.5), as well as seventh for total assists and digs per set. Teammates Alyssa Hitpas, Mallory Mensing, and Kelly Plach also hold places in the KIAC top-ten for individual statistical categories: Hitpas is third for kills per set and eighth for digs per set; Mensing is third for digs per set and sixth for total digs; and Plach is tenth for blocks per set. The Eutectic team ranked 26th in the nation (NAIA) for digs per set, averaging 17.5.
The Eutectics finished the season with a 14-17 record - the best STLCOP record since 2002, when the Euts were 12-13.
For the first time in STLCOP history, the Eutectics have advanced past the first round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. The eighth-ranked STLCOP team defeated ninth-ranked Berea College in their 8 a.m. match today in Cincinnati. Having earned a win over the Berea Pioneers in regular season play, the Euts were anticipating another win, and delivered it decisively. They kept the Pioneers under 20 points the entire match, finishing with a score of 25-15, 25-19, 25-14.
The Eutectics will move on to play undefeated Indiana University East in the second round of the tournament at 4 p.m. today. The Red Wolves are ranked number one in the conference, receiving a bye in the first round of the tournament.
Kaitlyn LaBoube jump sets Kelsey Toler.
The Eutectic women's volleyball team will travel to Cincinnati on Friday, Nov. 9, to compete against Berea College in the first round of the KIAC tournament. The eighth-ranked Euts will play the ninth-ranked Mountaineers at 8 a.m. With a win over the Mountaineers in the morning, the Euts will move on in the bracket to play undefeated Indiana University-East, who, as the number one seed, has a bye for the first round.
The Eutectics have a 13-16 record for the season, 3-7 in the KIAC, and are ranked 23rd in the NAIA in digs per set, averaging 17.9. Setter Kaitlyn LaBoube has racked up 795 assists so far this season at a clip of 8.1 assists per set and is well on her way to breaking the STLCOP single season assists/set record of 7.4. As a second year, she has already climbed into the number two ranking for most career assists at STLCOP (1,174) as well as single season assists. In the KIAC, she is ranked in the top ten in several individual statistical categories including assists, assists per set, aces per set, and digs per set. Teammates Alyssa Hitpas, Mallory Mensing, and Kelly Plach have also claimed spots on the KIAC top ten list. First-years Hitpas (outside hitter) and Mensing (libero) are both ranked third in the STLCOP record books for single season kills (314) and single season digs (468).
With two matches left in regular season play, the Eutectic volleyball team is enjoying its best season since 2004. The Euts have won 12 of 27 matches this season, including their most recent five set win over MacMurray College on Oct. 31.
Second-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube is now ranked second in STLCOP history in career assists with 1076. In addition to her stellar setting, which has put her at No. 6 in the conference for assists per set, LaBoube is
ranked in the top ten in three other individual statistical categories (assists, aces per set, and digs per set).
Fellow teammates Alyssa Hitpas, Mallory Mensing, and Kelly Plach also rank in the KIAC top 10.
The Eutectic team is currently ninth in the KIAC. STLCOP will travel to Oakland City University and Crowley's Ridge College for its last two matches before the conference tournament begins on Nov. 9.
Kaitlyn LaBoube sets the ball for Kelly Plach.
The second meeting of the Eutectics and the Lindenwood University-Belleville Linx did not go as well for the Euts as the first. After winning 3-1 the previous week, the Eutectics suffered a 0-3 loss to the Linx on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Whether it was home-team advantage or just an off night for the Eutectics, the STLCOP team was just not up to par against the Linx, losing 18-25, 12-25, 20-25.
Second-year setter Kaitlyn LaBoube set up 22 kills for the Eutectic hitters, including fourth-year Kelly Plach (six), first-year Alyssa Hitpas (five) and second-year Kelsey Toler (five). First-year Mallory Mensing dug up 13 attacks and Toler pitched in four blocks for the Euts.
The Eutectics are now 9-12 for the season and 2-5 in the KIAC. This weekend, Oct. 27 and 28, the Euts will play four matches at Midway College (Ky.), three of which will be conference match-ups. On Saturday, STLCOP will play two KIAC teams: KIAC newcomer Carlow University (Pittsburgh, Pa.) at 9 a.m. and Midway College at 11 a.m. A third match is scheduled at 3 p.m. against Bluefield College (Va.). Sunday, the Euts will take on another newcomer to the conference: Point Park University (also from Pittsburgh) at 9 a.m. before heading back to St. Louis.