CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (EIU) — Eastern Illinois volleyball traveled to Cape Girardeau to face OVC opponent Southeast Missouri in their season finale Saturday. The Panthers fell to the Redhawks, losing in five sets 25-17, 20-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-7. Eastern Illinois finishes the 2017 regular season with a record of 14-14 (8-8 OVC).
The second set featured great offensive play from the Panthers as they hit for a combined average of .300. EIU was 16-for-40 in total attacks for the set. Leading the Panthers in the match were Taylor Smith with 17 kills, Allie Hueston with 13 and Maria Brown with 11.
The Redhawks hit for their best average in the first set when they totaled a match-high .361. Southeast Missouri was 16-for-36 in total attacks for the set. Leading the Redhawks offense was Haley Bilbruck, who tallied 15 kills in the match. Allie Henkelman also contributed to the Redhawks' offensive success' totaling 31 assists.
Smith claimed her NCAA-leading ninth triple-double of the season, finishing with a team-high 17 kills, 25 assists and 18 digs. Smith also collected eight blocks. Gina Furlin helped out the Panther offense leading with 28 assists. Defensively leading the Panthers was Anne Hughes who led the Panthers with 22 digs.