The Panthers lost two Ohio Valley Conference matches over the weekend, one to reigning OVC champions Morehead State and one to Eastern Kentucky.
The weekend losses move the Panthers to 4-13 overall and 2-5 in conference play.
Despite leading in overall kills, assists, and digs, the Panthers dropped a tough four-set OVC home match to Eastern Kentucky (28-26, 25-23, 19-25, 25-21) Friday.
Junior Emily Franklin led the team in the loss against Eastern Kentucky with 18 kills and 17 digs and nine kills and three digs Saturday.
Sophomore Reynae Hutchinson scored 17 kills and 16 digs Friday while acquiring nine kills and 11 digs Saturday.
On Friday against Eastern Kentucky, the first two sets featured 25 ties and seven lead changes as both teams were neck and neck until the other Eastern prevailed.
The last set in the series featured six ties and two lead changes and at one point, the Panthers led.
Unfortunately, Eastern Kentucky tied it up off of Panther miscues. Down 22-17, the Panthers pulled within two, but errors would give Eastern Kentucky the match at 25-21.
In Saturday’s game against Morehead State, they were able to hold on and top the Panthers in total kills (46 to 35), assists (43 to 33), aces (nine to two), digs (48 to 36), and blocks (seven to five).
After losing the first set 25-12, the Panthers gave Morehead State a good run, coming together for 21 ties and eight lead changes over the final two sets.
Despite the weekend’s losses, Eastern still holds a game lead over both teams overall.
They are 16-15 over Eastern Kentucky, with Friday’s loss being Eastern’s eighth straight loss against them.
Eastern holds a slim lead over Morehead State with a 15-14 all-time series lead.
The next game is against OVC rival Southeast Missouri Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.