Redbirds Aggressive Offense Keys 3-0 Victory
Ashley Rosch
Ashley Rosch

Sep 7, 2013

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RENO, Nev. - The Illinois State volleyball team (5-1) defeated Weber State (3-4) in straight sets (25-9, 25-21, 25-15) Saturday, earning the victory in the first of two matches slated for the Redbirds on the final day of the Nevada-Reno tournament. Sophomore Ashley Rosch led all hitters, tallying 16 kills and setting the tone for the Redbird offense, who combined to hit .333 as a team. The Redbirds are 3-0 in the tournament.

The first set showcased the Redbird's offense, as the Wildcats were tamed by a stellar .522 attack percentage for ISU. Rosch led the assault with seven kills in the set, and Illinois State led by as many as 15 points, cruising to an easy victory, 25-9.

The Wildcats regrouped for the second set, as Audrey Biggs and Rebecca Fuchs fought hard to keep Weber State in the match. Competitive early, senior Brooklyn Hlafka recorded four kills during a tight battle to push the score to 8-8. Neither team could secure the set, as quick points comprised of numerous kills and errors pushed the score all the way to 19-19. Senior LeighAnn Hranka took notice, notching two kills in the final few points, as Illinois State took the set 25-21.

Seizing the opportunity to close out the match quickly, Hlafka and Hranka combined with junior captain Stacey Niao to establish an early lead for ISU, 8-3. Contributions from juniors Ciera Lucich and Eliza Smith, who each recorded two kills, helped the Redbirds cruise to another easy set, closing out the match 25-15.

In the match, junior setter Kaitlyn Early tallied 38 assists, pushing her tournament total to 109. Junior Emily Orrick led the defense with 14 digs, as the Redbirds held the Wildcats to a minimal .071 attack percentage.

The Redbirds will take on UC Davis at 6:30 p.m. (CT) Saturday in the final match of the Nevada-Reno tournament.

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