By JOEY CHAPMAN
Coming off a loss to Murray State, Eastern looked to win big on the road and improve its OVC record.
The Colonels (3-18, 2-4 OVC) made the trek to Cape Girardeau, Mo. to face the Redhawks of Southeast Missouri State University. Eastern was on its way to a win in the first set, but the Redhawks rallied late and fought its way to a 26-24 victory. Their strong play carried over into the second set, as Southeast Missouri State denied a comeback from the Colonels and took the set 25-20.
Eastern came out of intermission and killed the Redhawks’ momentum by coming out strong in the third set and working its way up to a 19-14 lead. Two kills from senior outside hitter Ally Peters allowed the Colonels to establish a comfortable lead and Eastern eventually took the set 25-17.
Eastern couldn’t carry the momentum into the final set, where SEMO went on to win 25-20, picking up the 3-1 win.
Eastern had to quickly rebound on Saturday when the Colonels took on UT Martin.
In an intense first set, neither the Skyhawks or Colonels could establish an advantage. Eastern fell behind late and couldn’t rebound, losing 25-23. Eastern would have to battle back in the second set, this time leading 23-22. The Skyhawks tied the set at 23-apeice, though Eastern went on to win 26-24.
UT Martin came out of the locker room and won big in the third set, 25-18. Eastern’s hopes of winning were derailed in the fourth set, when the Skyhawks battled from behind to win 25-22, winning the match 3-1.
Eastern continues it’s stretch of road games this weekend, where it’ll face conference foes Jacksonville State and Tennessee Tech.