Orrick, Early Help Redbirds to Sweep of Bulldogs
Emily Orrick had 30 digs and three assists against Drake

Emily Orrick had 30 digs and three assists against Drake

Oct. 19, 2013

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Trying to salvage something positive for the weekend, the Illinois State volleyball team (15-5, 8-1) defeated the Drake Bulldogs (2-19, 0-9) in straight-sets (25-17, 25-17, 25-19) Saturday to finish the road trip 1-1. With the victory, ISU retains possession of second place in the conference and are now midway through their conference schedule.

First-year libero Emily Orrick had another impressive match for ISU, finishing with 30 digs and three assists to bring her weekend total to 60 digs and nine assists. Kaitlyn Early played aggressively from the setter position, tallying 38 assists, seven digs, three service aces and six kills while committing no errors, hitting .429 for the match. Sophomore Ashley Rosch led all players with 12 kills while hitting .314.

Despite an opening-point service-ace by the Bulldogs, ISU received kills from Early and LeighAnn Hranka to put the Redbirds up, 2-1. They would never surrender the lead in the set, as ISU utilized an 8-3 run, which included three consecutive aces by Early, to jump out in front, 10-4. With the help of six Drake errors, the Redbirds extended the lead to 22-15 before Brooklyn Hlafka reeled off three kills for ISU, ending the set, 25-17.

The second set proved to be the toughest on the night for the Redbirds, as the Bulldogs showed resiliency in rallying from a substantial early deficit. Down 8-4, a well-placed timeout by Darrin McBroom of the Bulldogs helped the Drake volleyball team to a 7-3 run, tying the score at 11-11. Despite four kills by Rosch, the Bulldogs fought ISU point for point, pushing the score to 16-16. A service error by Drake ignited the Redbirds, as they took command of the set, including scoring the final five points, to extend their set lead, 25-17.

Trailing at the start of the third set, 6-3, the Redbirds got three timely kills from Emily Schneider to help even the score, 9-9. Kills by Hranka and Hlafka combined with a Drake error gave ISU the edge, 12-9, forcing the Bulldogs to burn a timeout. It didn't help, as the Redbirds were relentless in their offensive attack, collecting 17 kills in the set and extending their lead to 23-17. Kills by Hranka and Stacey Niao helped negate two Bulldog points, as the Redbirds locked up the set and the match, 25-19.

The Redbirds will return to action Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Redbird Arena for a non-conference match against Valparaiso at 7:05 p.m. (CT).

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