November 2, 2007
"... The victory marks the first time since 1999 that Samford has swept its in-state rival..."
The Samford volleyball team knocked off its second top-ranked Ohio Valley Conference opponent Oct. 23 night as it swept the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State in Seibert Gym, 3-0 (30-25, 31-29, 32-30). The Bulldogs came off a five-game win over No. 2 Murray State on Saturday to take down No. 1-ranked Jacksonville State Tuesday night. The victory marks the first time since 2001 that the Bulldogs have defeated the Gamecocks and the first time since 1999 that Samford has swept its in-state rival. Samford improves to 13-10 (8-6 OVC) while Jacksonville State falls to 14-7 (11-3 OVC).
The Bulldogs were led by middle blockers senior Angela Dempski, junior Kirstein Sosnowski and sophomore Sheriden Stangohr. Stangohr led her team in hitting with a .474 average while joining Dempski in posting 12 kills. Stangohr also posted five block assists while Dempski hit .393 and had two digs, one ace and a lock assist. Sosnowski tallied 11 kills and hit .429 while grabbing one assist, one dig and three block assists.
"Tonight was just a total team effort," said Samford head coach Michelle Durban. "Of course, they focused in on Angela, Sheriden and Kirstein but all three of them were still able to do their jobs tonight."