A contingent from Leopold came out to watch Jansen play for Murray State.
It was a homecoming of sorts for several members of the Murray State volleyball team Saturday.
And a triumphant one at that, as the Racers beat Ohio Valley Conference rival Southeast Missouri State 30-15, 30-27, 16-30, 30-21 at Houck Field House.
Murray State coach David Schwepker is a 1987 graduate of Southeast who was an assistant coach at his alma mater from 1992 through 1994.
Senior middle blocker Holly Jansen is a former Leopold High School standout who leads the Racers in kills.
And junior reserve middle blocker Victoria Wilson is a Central High School graduate.
"It's always fun to come back here, and we had a lot of people supporting us," Schwepker said.
Many of those Murray State fans among the announced crowd of 265 were there to cheer on Jansen, who led Leopold to a state championship during her senior season in 2002.
Approximately 50 Leopold residents traveled to Cape Girardeau for the match.
"It's exciting to have all those people here," Jansen said.
The 5-foot-10 Jansen has been a major factor in Murray State getting off to its best start in school history. The Racers improved to 10-2 with Saturday's victory that also kept them unbeaten in OVC play at 2-0.
After getting 15 kills Saturday, Jansen has a team-leading 143 this season. Jansen, in her third season as a starter, led the Racers in blocks last year while ranking third in kills.
"Holly is doing really well and she's had a great career," Schwepker said. "We love Holly."
Jansen, who is majoring in early childhood education, was a contributor off the bench as a freshman in 2003 when the Racers won the OVC championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament.
She would like nothing better than to help lead the Racers to another NCAA postseason berth.
"That's our goal, and I think we have the team to do it," she said.
Schwepker, in his ninth season at Murray State after three years as the head coach at Tennessee State, would like nothing better.
But before the Racers even begin thinking about that, he was simply glad to get out of town with a victory.
Murray State had lost nine straight matches at Houck Field House. And counting his days at Tennessee State, Schwepker had personally dropped 12 straight to Southeast in Cape Girardeau.
"It's been 12 years," said Schwepker, who assisted Cindy Gannon on Southeast teams that won OVC titles in 1993 and 1994. "It's nice to finally win here."
As for Wilson, she has played in just three matches this season after also seeing limited action the previous two years.
But Schwepker believes Wilson will wind up being a solid contributor before her career ends.
"We've got two senior middles ahead of her [including Jansen], but she's getting better," Schwepker said. "Hopefully, next year she'll really help us."