Southeast Missouri State University volleyball coach Cindy Gannon believes all her young team needs is a dose of confidence in order to get rolling.
And Gannon hopes Tuesday night's victory over Austin Peay is just the shot in the arm the Otahkians have been looking for.
The Otahkians opened their Ohio Valley Conference schedule -- and also played their first home match of the season -- with a 31-29, 30-23, 30-25 triumph over the Lady Govs in front of 115 fans at Houck Field House.
Southeast improved to 3-4 overall by winning its 33rd consecutive home match. Austin Peay, which was also playing its first league contest, fell to 4-4 overall.
"We need some confidence, and to win this match 3-0 is, I think, what we needed," said Gannon.
Southeast has won eight of 10 OVC regular-season titles since joining the league and the Otahkians are the two-time defending champions.
While Gannon knows the Otahkians -- who have just one senior -- are not the dominant squad that lost just one OVC match over the last two years, she is still counting on them contending seriously for another conference crown.
"I've been so redundant in my speaking, but we're just young," Gannon said. "We're still trying to find ourselves and we did some youthful things tonight, but I was proud of them."
The Otahkians won a tense, back-and-forth first game thanks to a pair of kills by Bobbi Carlile after things were tied 29-all.
Southeast had total control of the second game after bolting to an early 9-3 lead and the Otahkians pulled away from a 21-21 tie in the third game to complete the sweep.
"It felt very good to finally play a home match and I thought it was a great match for us," said Lori Lange, the Otahkians' lone senior. "I felt like we really clicked and were in control."
Sophomore Sarah Frost paced a balanced Southeast offensive attack with 15 kills while Carlile, a junior, added 12. Juniors Jessica Haupt and Emily Johnson followed with nine and eight kills, respectively.
Sophomore Suzanne Gundlach led the defensive effort with 13 digs. Lange added nine and Carlile and sophomore Emily Scannell contributed eight each.
Scannell, the Otahkians' setter, dished out 36 assists and had two service aces. Lange also had two aces while Frost led the way with four.
Austin Peay got 13 kills from Sarah Schramka. Natalie Rossier added 10. Cindy Wall had 26 assists and 10 digs.
Southeast has another home OVC match Friday night as Eastern Kentucky visits Houck.