By Bob Flynn
Special to the Register
The EKU volleyball team closed out its home schedule with a straight-set victory over Wright State Wednesday at McBrayer Arena.
The Colonels (9-15, 5-7 in the OVC) cruised to 25-15, 25-16 victories in the first two sets then fought off the Raiders 25-21 in the third.
Coach Lori Duncan said the Colonels played one of their better matches of the season against a Raider team that was better than its 2-24 record might indicate.
“Two weeks ago at Tennessee Martin we played our best match of the season. Tonight we were not quite that sharp, but were a buzzsaw in all facets of the game,” Duncan said. “You can’t look at Wright’s record because you don’t know what kind of heart they have. We seem to bring that out in a lot of people and they didn’t quit. They battled us in that third set.”
The Colonels were led on the night by sophomores Alexis Plagens, who tallied 14 kills and a .343 hitting percentage, and Dena Ott who had 29 digs.
“Alexis was red hot tonight and Dena has just been phenomenal,” Duncan said.
The Colonies also got some strong play from junior outside setters Ashley Edmond, who had nine kills on the night, and Kelsey Kuehner, who finished with seven kills.
“We got some strong play on the right side tonight from Kelsey and Ashley,” Duncan said. “Our success going forward is going to depend on No. 21 (Edmond) and No. 7 (Kuehner). If we can get some balance from our left side, we will be successful the rest of the season.”
Although they have struggled at times this season, Duncan said she has seen signs the team is beginning to get things together with four matches left before tournament play begins.
“All season we have talked about serving aggressively and which zones we wanted to attack and we haven’t always done that,” Duncan said. “But, now they are beginning to process all the information we throw at them and executing and it’s nice to see because that is what will make us successful from here on out.”
With four matches left, the Colonels can still qualify for the OVC tournament and their fate lies in their own hands.
“We have four conference games left, all on the road and if we take care of our business we’ll be OK,” Duncan said. “If just need to focus on our business and let the chips fall where they may.”
The Colonels will be back in action Friday at 7 p.m. at Belmont.