Worn-down Stars swept in two home matches

Sunday, September 28, 2003 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:35 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 4, 2008

The visiting crowd had too much energy and Stephens College didn’t have enough.

The Stars lost twice in a volleyball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Silverthorne Arena.

The Lincoln Christian Angels defeated the Stars 30-8, 30-25, 30-21 in the opener. The St. Louis County College of Pharmacy Eutectics beat the Stars 30-18, 30-17, 30-16 in the second math.

The Stars (1-6) were flat. Lindsay Miller, a senior for the Stars, said that the team probably battled fatigue in its second match.

“I think we were all a little tired,” Miller said. “I think we were really lackadaisical, and we really didn’t play up to our standards at all.”

The Angels, though, gained momentum from their fans. Lincoln coach Kevin Crawford said his team feeds off its passionate crowd.

He said the 40 chanting and raucous Angels fans were a small group because of the travel time but nonetheless effective.

“It started a couple of years ago, and they buy themselves matching T-shirts,” Crawford said. “For a home game, we’ll have anywhere from 80 to 100 fans, and they’ll actually travel and do all their own expenses.”

The Angels (15-2), behind the powerful sinking jump serve of freshman Kari McFadden, scored the first nine points of the first game. The Stars couldn’t regroup.

Junior Bethany Harris led the Angels with nine kills. Freshman Mindy Crawford had eight and McFadden had eight aces, despite not playing much after the first game.

Crawford substituted liberally all match and played his second- and third-stringers in the majority of the final two games.

The Stars’ second match was more competitive, but they couldn’t make a sustained run to threaten the Eutectics (7-13).

In the third game, the Eutectics scored the first nine points.

Eutectics coach Ryan VonFeldt said his team’s consistency was the key.

“We had very few service errors; our setting went well, and our defense was good,” VonFeldt said. “When you play any team and you limit the mistakes, it’s going to help you come out on top.”

VonFeldt said Michelle Turner, a sophomore setter for the Eutectics, and freshman Janelle Meyer played solid matches.

Sophomore Freda Runnells led the Stars with four kills and four blocks against the Eutectics, but the Stars couldn’t finish as strongly as they wanted to.

“We were all just running out of fuel,” Miller said.

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