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Eisnaugle, Gaff pace USML; Zmia helps Rockford to 1st victory

Wednesday, November 11, 2009  
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11/11/2009, 1:05 am   
Paul Lambert,

On the surface, Saturday"s volleyball match between Missouri-St. Louis and Northern Kentucky appeared to be a battle for the No. 3 seed in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.

In reality, however, it was a hotly-contested battle for bragging rights between Streator and Newark.

Representing Streator was UMSL middle hitter Weslie Gaff. With 15 kills, three blocks and a .379 hitting percentage, you might think Gaff won those bragging rights.

On the Newark side of the battle stood Gaff"s teammate Sarah Eisnaugle. The Newark product stole Gaff"s thunder, finishing with 16 kills, six blocks and a .464 hitting percentage.

Back on the surface battle, UMSL won the match 3-1 to earn that coveted No. 3 seed. The win helped the Tritons close the regular season 21-10. …

Still competing in the regular season, South Carolina outside hitter and Flanagan grad Megan Laughlin finished with 10 kills, five digs and a match best .348 hitting percentage Saturday during a 3-0 rout of Auburn. The win lifts USC to 13-1 overall and 5-10 in the Southeast Conference. …

Fellow Flanagan product Kelsie Laughlin was honored by her teammates on Senior Night as Southern Illinois-Carbondale defeated Missouri State 3-2. Laughlin had one dig in limited action as SIUC improved to 18-8 overall and 7-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference. …

The Rockford College Regents closed out their 2009 season at 6-23 this past week. Representing Seneca at RC, Emily Kauffman finished with 173 digs, 170 assists and ranked third on the squad with 142 kills.

Serena"s Katy Atkerson turned in 87 digs for the Regents. …

Aurora freshman and Marquette graduate Amanda Taylor helped the Spartans finish 17-15 this past season, posting 76 assists. …

Elmhurst reserve and Mendota graduate Janelle Thompson recorded 59 kills and 14 blocks in 2009, helping EC finish the season 17-16. …

Also representing Mendota, MacMurray College starter Kristen Flahive finished with nine assists and four digs in MC"s season-ending loss to Greenville College on Nov. 3. MacMurray was 2-22. …


Rockford College starting offensive guard and Streator graduate Ryan Zmia helped the Regents win a battle of winless teams Saturday, pushing the offense to a 16-12 win over Marantha Baptist Bible College. Rockford won the game despite just four first downs and 129 total yards, improving to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in the Northern Athletics Conference. …

On the other side of the success meter, Monmouth defensive back and Mendota graduate Erik Weber helped the Fighting Scots finish a perfect 10-0 season Saturday with a 42-0 win over Knox College. Weber had two tackles in the win. …


Eureka College closed out the 2009 women"s soccer season this past week at 5-13. Streator graduate and EC defender Katie Cox finished the season with four shots and one shot on goal. …

Representing Indian Creek, Illinois Wesleyan regular Curtis Cribben finished with one shot on goal from his defender slot. IWU ended the season 5-9-3. …

Cross Country

Running in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships on Halloween, Ottawa graduate Kevin Orlowski finished 68th overall for Elmhurst College with an 8,000-meter time of 32-minutes, 7-seconds. The Bluejays finished sixth with 161 points. North Central College won the meet with a perfect total of 15.
This story appeared at on November 11, 2009.

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