Sports / The Prairie Fire / September 27, 2012

Volleyball clips Eureka

Knox College volleyball’s 3-1 victory over the Eureka Red Devils Wednesday eased the pain of a rough weekend that saw Knox go 0-4 in the Knox College Invitational on Sept. 21 and 22.

Head coach Shayla Chalker gives the team a pep talk at a time out during the game against MacMurray College Saturday, Sept. 21 in Memorial Gymnasium. (Michelle Orr/TKS)

Against the Red Devils Knox prevailed in the first two sets 25-18 and 25-15, but the Red Devils denied the Prairie Fire the sweep when they took the third set 25-16.

Knox finished the match in the third set in nail-biting fashion, coming out on top 29-27.

The win was Knox’s second of the year and broke a string of six losses.The most heartbreaking of those defeats came against MacMurray College on the second day of the Knox College Invitational.

Knox had the lead two separate times in the first set but ultimately fell 25-22. The Prairie Fire opened the second set on a roll, creating a 7-0 lead.

From there, however, Knox struggled and dropped the set 27-25. In the third set,  Knox was once again nipped by a small margin, as MacMurray took the third set 25-23 to clinch the match.

Knox also lost matches to William Penn University, Lincoln Christian College and Buena Vista University in the tournament.

Junior Amber Eisha led the Prairie Fire with 33 kills and six blocks for the tournament while freshman setter Casey Stalcheksi led the Prairie Fire with 82 assists.

Junior Kaylie Prince finished the tournament with 27 kills and 32 digs, while junior Kristin McDonald had a team-high 41 digs.

The Prairie Fire (2-14) resume play hoping to win their second game in a row on Saturday, when they make the trip to Grinnell College in the first conference match of the season.

Grinnell is 2-15 on the season and 0-1 in Midwest Conference play.

Jackson White
Jackson White is a senior double majoring in political science and secondary education. This is his third year as a sports editor for TKS. Over the course of the 2010-2011 academic year, Jackson worked for, writing feature stories and columns about high school and college baseball in central Illinois. Outside of the Publications Office, he is an information assistant for the Knox College Sports Information Department and a two-time all-Midwest Conference baseball player. Jackson is the recipient of five awards from the Illinois College Press Association, including two first place awards for sports game coverage and sports page design.

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