By Chris Mcgee
After losing the first set, then splitting the next two, the Colonels (4-11 3-3 OVC) found their winning ways and defeated visiting Austin Peay (14-4, 5-2 OVC) 3-2.The set scores were 25-21, 25-23, 25-22, 21-15 and 15-6.
The win might be considered an upset by some because the Governors are ranked third in the Ohio Valley Conference, while the Colonels are ranked sixth.
Outside hitters senior Lauren Snyder and freshman Ashley Edmond led the charge with 17 kills each. Although sophomore middle blocker Toni Michalski saw limited playing time due to some lingering tenderness in her injured ankle, her contribution was measured in psychological terms, Edmond said.
“Even though she’s not 100 percent, having her here sets us at ease in the middle,” Edmond said.
Coach Lori Duncan said in an interview prior to tonight’s game that the team’s play would “tell me a lot about their character.”
“They (the team) really defined themselves in the fourth set,” Duncan said. “In prior games, when we were up 25-21, we would back down and not close it out. Tonight, however, they hung in there and grinded it out.”
In addition, the Colonels went on a 7-1 rally to close out the fifth, and deciding set.
Duncan said that the team showed her that they could overcome adversity and come together as a unit. “The scoreboard doesn’t make you a winner,” Duncan said.
“It’s how you overcome adversity.”
The Colonels will put their new found cohesiveness to the test when they open a two-game set at home against the University of Tennessee at Martin Friday at 7 p.m.