Wichita State Sweeps Redbirds, Remains Unbeaten
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[October 04, 2008]
WICHITA, Kan. - The Illinois State volleyball team (9-7, 3-2
MVC) battled No. 14 and undefeated Wichita State (15-0, 4-0) to
extra points in the second set, but the Shockers' Missouri Valley
Conference leading defense proved to be too much to overcome, as the
Redbirds fell in three-sets (25-20, 29-27, 25-16) at Charles Koch
Arena Friday night.
Sophomore Mallory Leggett led a balanced offensive attack with
seven kills, while Peggy Riessen and Katie Culbertson each chipped
six. Erin Lindsey had 25 set-assists, and Kasey Mollerus' 16
digs led ISU's defensive charge. Wichita State was led by
Valley Conference outside hitter Emily Stockman's 11 kills.
The Shockers held statistical advantages in kills (40-31),
set-assists (38-31) and points scored (56-41). The Redbirds out-dug
57-52. ISU was held to a season-low .079 hitting percentage,
but allowed Wichita State to hit just .176 for the match.
"Wichita State is a great serving team, and our passing broke down
at times tonight," said head coach Melissa Myers. "The fact that
ranked in the top-15 in the country and undefeated says a lot about
that program, but it also says a lot about us. For us to take
that second set into extra points showed a lot about what our
potential is. We'renot quite there on a consistent basis, and
I thought that showed at times in set one, and obviously in set
"It was a great second set for us. We came out strong, and
really attacked. There were 12 ties and quite a few lead changes,
and at one point, we had the set in our hands, holding onto that
26-25 lead. That momentum was really carried over from the
first set, when I thought we finished well. That helped us make a
run. Unfortunately, we did not do
a good job of carrying the way we played in the second set over to
the third set."
Wichita State used a 12-6 run mid-way through the opening frame to
hold on for a 25-20 win and 1-0 lead in the best of five. The
Shockers broke an early 4-4 tie with a 7-2 spurt, and forced the
Redbirds into their first timeout trailing by five, 11-6.
Stockman had two kills in the stretch, including two of the
Shockers' first four points. ISU
responded with an 11-8 spree, and pulled within two, 19-17. Hailey
Kelley had three kills in the run. But Wichita State won the ensuing
two points, and re-claimed a 21-17 lead to force Myers into her
final timeout of the frame.
The Shockers forced set point at 24-18 following a kill by Lindsey
Eckenrode, before the Redbirds fought off the ensuing points to pull
back within four, 24-20, with Lindsey behind the service line.
Following an ace, she ended the frame by serving the ball long, and
the Shockers claimed the 25-20 win. Eckenrode had a set-high
four kills, while Leggett and Kelley's three kills led ISU's
Wichita State's 29-27 second set win was a much more competitive
affair, with a combined 12 ties. The Redbirds broke a 9-9 tie
with a 3-1 spree,
and forced Wichita State into its first timeout clinging to a 12-10
lead. Lindsey and Leggett each had service aces in the stretch.
ISU's lead stretched to as many as four points (16-12) in the
ensuing stages, but the Shockers answered with a commanding 8-1 run,
forcing the Redbirds to burn two timeouts, and fall behind by three,
ISU countered with a 7-4 run to tie the match at 24-24 after Wichita
State had forced match point two possessions earlier.The Redbirds
claimed their first lead since holding a 17-16 edge three points
later, going up 26-25 after a Wichita State net violation. ISU
appeared to have clinched the come-from-behind win, but was called
for a net violation on a ball that never appeared to clear the net.
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Wichita State took advantage, and forced set point at 28-27
after a kill by Mary Elizabeth Hooper. Kelley's ensuing
attack went wide, and the Shocker
escaped with the 29-27 win.
Illinois State fell behind 6-0 early in the decisive third set,
and never recovered in falling by nine, 25-16. The Redbirds
burned both of their timeouts in the opening 18 possessions, and
after falling behind
by 10 points (20-10) on an ace by Stockman, never got any closer
than eight points for the remainder of the match. ISU fought off
points down the stretch, but Stockman sealed Wichita State's
three-set sweep with a match-ending kill.
Illinois State will travel to Missouri State Saturday.
Start time from
the Hammons Student Center is set for 7 p.m.
[Text received from ISU Media Relations Dept]