Southeastern snapped its losing skid in style with a thrilling 3-2 win over rival East Central on Thursday night in Bloomer Sullivan Gymnasium.
The win moves the Savage Storm to 3-23 on the season and lifts the weight of a 14-match losing skid off the shoulders of a club fighting for a spot in the Great American Conference tournament. The win moves SE to 2-9 in league play.
Southeastern opened the back-and-forth match with a 25-18 win in set one, but saw the Tigers even the score with a 25-13 win in set two. The Storm pulled out a late 25-23 win in set three, but again saw ECU pull away to even the match with a 25-12 win in the fourth set.
SE fell behind in the deciding set early, 5-1, and a little later at 6-3 before using a 5-1 spurt to take an 8-7 lead as the teams traded sides of the court. The teams would trade points to a 9-9 tie before the Storm reeled off six of the last eight points for the 15-11 win in the deciding set.
Emily Gentle turned in her third-best offensive outing of the season with 17 kills to pace the Storm offense. Megan Kunkel was not far behind with a 14 kill outing.
Madelynne Cera turned in her seventh double-double of the season with 23 assists and 16 digs to trigger the offense. She also chipped in five kills.
Marina Dias added nine assists in the effort and added in 12 digs.
The defense was paced by Taylor Benner's best outing of the season with 31 digs, marking the third-straight contest with double-digit digs and her 17th match with double-digit digs this year.
Kunkel rounded out a double-double with 19 digs as SE nearly topped 100 digs as a team, finishing with 98.
Jasmine Everage turned in a pair of solo blocks and finished with five total blocks as the Storm finished with seven as a team.
The win on Thursday was made better as the Storm volleyball team capped the month of October which has been Dig Pink month with a win.
SE conducted a Get Pink'd campaign across campus for the month and following nearly four weeks of doors around campus decked out in pink decorations, the team was able to donate $600 towards the Second Annual Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness.