Freeburg grad collects 1,000th career kill for SEMO

News-DemocratNovember 14, 2013 

Southeast Missouri State senior outside hitter Colleen Yarber, a Freeburg High School graduate from Smithton, recorded her 1,000th career kill recently in the Redhawks' three-game sweep over Tennessee-Martin.

Besides Yarber's 1,000th career kill, senior setter Julie Shives got her 4,500th career set assist for the Redhawks (16-15 overall, 8-7 in the Ohio Valley Conference).

"This was a great way to end the seniors' careers at Houck (Field House) as they all had a great match," said SEMO coach Julie Yankus. "You could tell they wanted to put it all out there and walk away being successful here at Southeast.

"Yarber was great offensively tonight as Berkley (Idel) passed well and made U-T Martin struggle while Julie (Shives) ran a great offense."

Yarber had five kills in the first set and she tallied her 1,000th kill late in the second set.

Yarber totaled 16 kills, a .302 hitting clip, and 10 digs against the Skyhawks. She leads SEMO with 360 kills this season and also has 28 blocks, 369 digs and 117 points.

Other locals on the SEMO volleyball squad include junior outside hitter Alexandra Rohlfing (17 kills) from Waterloo and freshman right side hitter Maddie Werths (39 kills, 12 blocks) from Edwardsville.

Southeast Missouri takes on Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn. at 2 p.m. Saturday in its regular season finale.

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