Illinois State Thumps Indiana State, 3-0
Oct. 15, 2005
Normal, Ill. - Kari Staehlin had 11 kills as nine different Redbird players got kills for Illinois State, which extended its Missouri Valley Conference win streak to seven matches with a 30-13, 30-21, 30-18 win over Indiana State, Saturday at Redbird Arena.
The Redbirds, 11-6, 7-2 in the Valley, their longest single-season league win streak since the 2000 team won 10 in a row against Valley opponents. Illinois State has won 29 of its last 31 matches at Redbird Arena in a stretch dating back to the 2003 season and Saturday's win was in front of 2,322 spectators.
The Sycamores, 0-19, 0-9 in the Valley, have never beaten Illinois State in Normal, falling for the 20th straight time to the Redbirds, including an 0-15 mark in Redbird Arena.
With the Redbirds leading 3-1 in game one, Savannah Knowles served a 6-0 run with two service aces to build a 9-1 lead. That fast start and a 5-0 finish gave ISU a 17-point win. Illinois State's .536 hitting percentage and 18 kills in the game included 4-for-4 by Staehlin--who is a combined 18-for-19 in game one of her last three matches--and 4-for-9 by Laura Doornbos.
The Sycamores battled the Redbirds even early in game two until a 4-0 Emily Kabbes service stand got the `Birds a 15-10 lead, one which never got smaller.
Staehlin got the `Birds rolling in game three with a pair of solo blocks and a kill for Illinois State's first three points.
Emily Kabbes reached a milestone early in game three, earning her 400th career block assist. Kabbes a four-year starter for the `Birds, is the fourth Illinois State player and the 15th Missouri Valley Conference player to reach 400 block assists.
Illinois State coach Sharon Dingman used all 14 players--the 11th time this season Illinois State has played at least 12 players in a match. Dingman thought starting Lindley McDavid was another example of her team's depth.
"I think everybody's capable," said Dingman. "We don't really lose anything no matter who we put out on the court. Lindley started tonight and I thought she had a better week of practice. I have so much conference in every player who wears the (Redbird) uniform, I am not shy about playing them all."
Indiana State coach Julie Krofcheck thought Illinois State had a lot of weapons, and is particularly impressed with freshman setter Erin Lindsey, who had 38 set assists, 4-for-5 hitting and six digs.
"They're a tough team," said Krofcheck. "Erin does a great job setting for them--I think both Emily and Kari do a great job in the middle. They are very quick in transition and with Erin getting them the ball they are going to be successful."
The Redbirds complete their four-match home stand with a 7 p.m. Monday match-up against Notre Dame, the No. 10 team in the nation, at Redbird Arena.