Saturday Volleyball: Road Teams Sweep
Saturday, October 27, 2007

UNI 3, Bradley 0

Peoria, Ill. – Four University of Northern Iowa volleyball players reached double-digits in kills as the Panthers swept Bradley this afternoon for its sixth straight victory.  Game scores were 30-20, 30-15 and 30-18.
Shannon Aschoff (Ankeny, Iowa) led the way for UNI with 14 kills and five blocks.  Ashten Stelken (Manchester, Iowa) added 12 kills and five blocks, while Laura Rowen (Hansell, Iowa) had 11 kills and Danielle Brazda (Omaha, Neb.) chipped in with 10.  Rowen had her 12th double-double of the season by also recording 13 digs.  Freshman libero Ellie Blankenship (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) had 18 digs to lead all players.
UNI hit .376 for the match (58-11-125), its second-best hitting percentage of the season, while holding Bradley to .110 hitting (36-21-136).  No Bradley player reached double-digits in kills.
With the win, UNI improves to 15-9 overall, 9-3 in Missouri Valley Conference play, while Bradley falls to 2-23, 1-11 in the Valley.  The Panthers are next in action on Friday, Nov. 2 when they host Illinois State at the McLeod Center.  First serve is set for 7:00 pm.

Creighton 3, Illinois State 1

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Creighton volleyball team won its sixth straight road match, picking up a 3-1 win at Illinois State on Saturday night at Redbird Arena. Creighton won by scores of 30-28, 22-30, 30-20, 30-23 and is now a perfect 7-0 in MVC road matches this fall.

The Bluejays are also now 16-8 overall and 10-3 in the MVC. With the win, Creighton also guaranteed itself a spot in next month's State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, for which the top six teams in the MVC qualify. The Redbirds dropped to 15-9 on the season and are 7-6 in league action.

Kelly Goc led Creighton with 20 kills while hitting .386, her fifth straight match against Illinois State with 20 kills or more and at least .350 hitting. Freshman Allie Oelke had 16 kills, 16 digs, four blocks and hit .349. Creighton hit .245 and outdug the MVC leader in digs by a 95-88 margin.

Illinois State was paced by 20 kills from Kari Staehlin, who had 20 kills and hit a blistering .475 in 40 swings.

Game one featured 12 ties and six lead changes before Creighton emerged with a 30-28 win. With the score tied at 23, Oelke and Goc hammerd consecutive kills to take a 25-23 lead. The teams then traded 10 straight sideouts, allowing Creighton to win 30-28 on a Lauren Bloemke kill.

ISU hit .356 with 18 kills in the second game to take a 30-22 victory and even the match at 1-1 heading to intermission.  After falling behind by as much as 21-12, Creighton closed to within 22-17 before ISU pulled away.

The always pivotal third game saw Creighton close with a 12-2 run after the score was tied at 18.  Four straight points on Sarah Schulze's serve, including consecutive aces, helped the Jays take a 22-18 lead. After four straight sideouts, Oelke served up the final seven points of Creighton's 30-20 win. Creighton had 20 kills in the third game alone, including seven from Oelke and five from Carolyn Decker, while also digging 29 balls.

The fourth game saw Bloemke take over, as the sophomore from Tampa, Fla., had five kills and four blocks as Creighton sealed the win with a 30-23 triumph.  Once again the serving of Schluze came up big as the sophomore put together a 5-0 serving splurge to give CU a 9-5 lead, including her third ace of the match. Creighton hit .364 in the fourth game and took advantage of 18 combined hitting, blocking, serving and ball handling errors by Illinois State.

Creighton returns home next Friday to host Southern Illinois in a 7 pm match at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

Wichita State 3, Evansville 0

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –  Sara Lungren’s 13 kills powered the Shockers to a sweep of Evansville.  Wichita State (21-4, 12-1) won by scores of 30-18, 30-24 and 30-13.


Lungren hit .440 for the Shockers and also added 10 digs.  Abby Harsh had 36 assists and 10 digs, while Emily Stockman had 11 kills and Kim Wadsworth had 10 kills.


The Purple Aces jumped out to a 10-6 lead in game one before a kill by Emily Stockman tied it at 15 and an Angela Jakubov kill gave the Shockers a 16-15 lead.  After trailing 11-14, WSU closed out the game on a 19-4 run and won 30-18. 


A kill by Sara Lungren gave the Shockers a 7-3 advantage in game two and increased it to 10-4 after a Stockman kill.  A service ace by the Aces pulled them to within 22-19, but the Shockers won the game 30-24.


The Shockers raced out to an 11-6 lead in game three and took a 15-9 advantage after a Stockman kill.  The Aces never threatened the rest of the way in a 30-13 win.


The Shockers are next in action on Fri., Nov.2 when they host Missouri State at 7 p.m.



Missouri State 3, Southern Illinois 1

Missouri State outside hitters Jamie Adams and Sara Staubach combined for 38 kills and a .338 hitting percentage to lead the Bears to a 3-1 comeback victory over Southern Illinois in Missouri Valley Conference volleyball action Saturday in Carbondale. Scores in favor of Missouri State were 28-30, 30-27, 30-21 and 30-21.


With the victory, Missouri State improved to 23-3 overall and 12-1 in the league to maintain a tie for first place in the MVC with Wichita State. The Salukis fell to 12-12 and 4-8 in conference play.


The Bears found themselves in an immediate hole to open the match, trailing 6-0 in game one before getting on the board. Missouri State continued to fight from behind before going on a 5-0 run to take a 19-17 lead. The game was tied five times after that, but the Salukis took the final two points after a 28-28 tie to gain the early advantage.


Southern Illinois started game two on another run and jumped out to a 5-1 lead. MSU remained within striking distance and took its first lead at 19-17 following kills from Katelyn Panzau and Adams. SIU answered with a 6-0 before it was halted by a block from Panzau and Shayla Patrick with the Bears trailing 23-20. The Salukis maintained the lead until tie scores at 26 and 27 followed by Jamie Adams’ 10th kill, a service ace from Sara Thomas and a bad set by SIU made it 30-27 Bears.


Missouri State came out in game three and quickly took a 17-8 lead by hitting .700 on its first 10 attacks of the game. The offense cooled from its torrid pace to hit .343 while the Salukis hit just .070 in MSU’s 30-21 win.


MSU took its first game four lead at 3-2 and pushed the advantage to as many as four at 11-7 before SIU tied it at 13-13. The Bears forced a Saluki timeout with a 3-0 run, and Adams hammered her third straight kill followed by an SIU attack error to give MSU an 18-13 lead. The Salukis crept within two before a 6-0 MSU run put the Bears up for good at 24-16 before coasting to the 30-21 victory. SIU hit just -.049 in the final game.


Adams matched her career-best with 20 kills while committing only four errors for a .400 hitting percentage. Staubach totaled 18 kills and Shayla Patrick added 10.


The Bears blocked 12 Saluki attacks and had 69 digs with five players tallying double figures in digs.


Missouri State returns to action at Wichita State (21-4, 12-1) at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.


Drake 3, Indiana State 0

TERRE HAUTE, IND. - The ability to bounce back after a rough outing has been the trademark for the Drake volleyball team and the Bulldogs again showed their gritty resolve on Saturday (Oct. 27) as the Blue and White completed a season sweep of Indiana State with a 3-0 (30-13, 30-23, 30-25) victory over the Sycamores.

The victory pushed the Bulldogs (7-17, 4-9 MVC) to within one win of matching their victory total (8) for all of last season, while equaling their league win output (4) of a year ago.  The loss drops Indiana State to 3-18 on the campaign, including 0-13 in the MVC.

Drake came out firing in game one as the Blue and White struck the ball at a match-high .289 clip en route to collecting a dominating 30-13 victory.  The win in the initial stanza marked only the third time this season that the Bulldogs have taken game one on the road, with Drake going on to take the match on all three occasions.

The hitting numbers cooled for the Blue and White in the next two frames but the Bulldogs didn't as Drake notched 30-23 and 30-25 decisions to secure the match in three games.  The win marked the first road league triumph in three games since Sept. 24, 2005 at Indiana State.

Freshman Angela Bys (Marion, Iowa/Marion) posted her fourth consecutive double-digit kill effort finishing with a match-best 14 kills.  Stephanie Volden paced the Sycamore attack with 10 kills.

Freshman Alana Wittenburg (Readlyn, Iowa/Wapsie Valley) led four Bulldogs with double-figure digs netting 21.  Joining her was sophomore Lindsay Schryver (Williams Bay, Wis./Williams Bay), freshman Nicole Brown (Appleton, Wis./Xavier) and sophomore Emily Madden (Van Meter, Iowa/Adel DeSoto Minburn) with 14, 11 and 11 digs, respectively.  Kristy Cox directed all players with 25 digs for Indiana State.

Senior Sarah Schuster (Indianola, Iowa/Indianola) and sophomore Chelsea Lauersdorf (Watertown, Wis./Watertown) nearly split the assists for the Blue and White as the duo accounted for 16 and 15 assists.

The Bulldogs dominated the final stat sheet in nearly every category as Drake bettered Indiana State in kills (47-32), assists (40-29), digs (82-66) and service aces (11-2).  The Sycamores got the best of Drake at the net as they collected seven blocks to only two by the Bulldogs.

Drake finished the affair posting a .221 hitting percentage, while Indiana State recorded a .107 attack mark.

The Bulldogs now return home for their final homestand of the season beginning with a showdown versus Evansville on Friday (Nov. 2) at 7:00 p.m.