IUS Spoils Rader's Debut
New Albany, Ind. - Asbury's first match under first year Head Coach JP Rader didn't turn out the way everyone hoped as the Eagles fell to conference rival Indiana Southeast in four games on Wednesday night. The biggest problem all night was mental miscues as the Eagles had 19 attack errors and 10 service errors.
Indiana Southeast jumped on Asbury early in game one and had a relatively easy time holding on for a 25-20 win. The Eagles would show their resolve by taking game two 25-23, winning on an IUS error. The next two games saw both teams take control only to give it right back, and on this night the Eagles fight did not match their execution dropping both games in a heart-wrenching 23-25 fashion.
Freshmen outside hitter Brittney Rader (Seoul, South Korea) lead the team's balanced offensive attack with 11 kills. She also had 10 digs which was second on the team. Asbury middle hitters senior Tina Marye (Lexington, Ky.) and sophomore Lindsay Ibold (Cincinnati, Ohio) added 10 kills a piece. Freshmen setter Hannah Moss (Louisville, Ky.) stepped right in and rung up 38 assists in her first collegiate contest.
Despite the statistical performance the story of the night was still mental mistakes from the Eagles.
"We have got to just cut down on the mental miscues that we had out there tonight" said JP Rader. "We have a talented squad and I think we can be there in the end, but we just have to play smarter. Starting out with Indiana Southeast is tough, but now we know what he have to work on and continue to work hard in practice."
Asbury will travel to Shawnee State University for three matches this weekend, first on Friday at 6:00 pm and then on Saturday at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm. The Eagles return home for a tri-match with Trevecca Nazarene and Mountain State on Saturday September 5th.