Wichita State Sweeps ISU for Second Time This Season
Oct. 20, 2007
WICHITA, Kan. - Senior middle blocker Kari Staehlin tallied a team-high 10 kills on a .381 hitting percentage, but Illinois State's volleyball team suffered its second three-game sweep (30-26, 30-28 and 30-22) in as many nights, as Wichita State held a 57-39 advantage in kills, and coasted to its league-leading 10th Missouri Valley Conference win at Charles Koch Arena Saturday night.
With the loss, ISU drops to 14-8, with a 6-5 Missouri Valley Conference mark. First place Wichita State improves to 19-4 and 10-1.
Staehlin was the lone Redbird in double-figures offensively. Erin Lindsey chipped in with 28 set assists and 12 digs, while Kasey Mollerus led the defensive effort with 21 digs. The Shockers put four players in double-figures, led by Emily Stockman (18 kills) and Sarah Lungren (12 kills). Wichita State hit .268 as a team.
"We just didn't kill the ball tonight," said head coach Sharon Dingman. "We dug and passed the ball effectively, and out-blocked Wichita (State), but you are not going to win many matches with just 39 kills. I thought Erin (Lindsey) played a great match, but our hitters didn't take advantage of their opportunities. When M.C. (Richmond) has an off night, someone on this team needs to step up in her place and pick this team up.
"We have a big week of practice coming up. Last week, we focused on killing the ball, because we thought we needed about two more kills per-game to run our offense the way we want to. But it needs to come from a team effort. Someone besides M.C. needs to start asserting themselves offensively."
Wichita State used an 8-4 run down the stretch of game one to claim a 30-26 win. The Shockers jumped out to the early 7-5 lead after going on a 5-0 run, and forced ISU into its first timeout. Lungren had three kills and a block in the stretch. The Redbirds tied the match at 9-9 six points later, and forced the Shockers into a timeout after claiming a 14-11 lead, capped off by 5-2 spurt. The Shockers re-gained the lead at 17-16, before both teams traded points over the ensuing eight possessions.
The Redbirds took a 21-20 advantage after a kill a service ace by Katie Seyller. An ensuing 4-1 WSU run gave the Shockers a 24-22 lead that they would not relinquish. ISU cut the lead to one point three times in the final 10 points, but Wichita State finished the frame on a 4-1 spree, capped off by a deep, game-ending kill by Stockman. Lungren led WSU's aggressive offensive attack (.320 hitting percentage) with six kills on just seven swings. Lindsey contributed a team-high three kills for ISU.
Both teams traded points for the first 30 points of game two, before Wichita State broke a 15-15 tie with a 3-0 run, and forced ISU into a timeout trailing 18-15. The Shockers scored two-consecutive points out of the break to take a commanding 20-15 advantage, their largest lead of the game. ISU began chipping away at the lead, and eventually tied the stanza at 23-23 after completing an 8-3 spree. Staehlin had two kills and one block in the stretch. The Shockers never surrendered the advantage, but ISU cut the lead to one five times in the final 12 possessions.
The Redbirds fought off three game points, but could not force overtime after pulling within 29-28 with Peggy Riessen behind the service line. In the middle of the final point, a Wichita State attack seemed to go into the net, but play continued and Richmond's ensuing attack went wide, as the Shockers clinched the 30-28 win. The Redbirds had 12 kills in the game, but countered with 10 errors.
Much like game one, Illinois State jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the decisive third game. The Redbirds held at least a one-point advantage for the first 15 possessions of the game before the Shockers stormed back with an 8-4 run to take a commanding 16-12 lead. WSU's lead was extended to 21-15 eight possessions later after receiving two kills apiece from Stockman and Stephanie Tokarz. The Shockers built their largest lead of nine points seven points later, and ISU could draw no closer than seven points for the remainder of the game, as Wichita State coasted to a sweep with a 30-22 game three win.
Illinois State will return home for a two-match Valley home stand next weekend. The Redbirds will host Drake Friday (Oct. 26), and take on Creighton Saturday (Oct. 27). Both start times from Redbird Arena are set for 7:05 p.m.