ISU Volleyball Falls to Northern Iowa, 3-1
Ashley Rosch led the Redbirds with 13 kills
Ashley Rosch led the Redbirds with 13 kills

Nov. 14, 2013

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NORMAL, Ill. - Despite a late 9-0 run to win the second set, the Illinois State volleyball team (16-11, 9-6 MVC) fell to Northern Iowa (20-7, 12-3), 3-1, Thursday night at Redbird Arena for its fourth-straight loss. Ashley Rosch led ISU with 13 kills and 15.5 points.

Brooklyn Hlafka recorded eight kills, while LeighAnn Hranka and Ashleigh Fisher tallied seven and six kills, respectively. Emily Schneider and Hlafka both recorded block assists, while Emily Orrick collected 21 digs and Kaitlyn Early dished out 39 assists.

A 3-0 Northern Iowa run gave the Panthers a quick 10-6 lead in the opening set, forcing an Illinois State timeout. Back-to-back Redbird kills got ISU back within three points, 14-11, but a 5-1 run by the Panthers gave UNI a 21-13 advantage. Illinois State scored five-straight points thanks to four Northern Iowa errors to cut its deficit to three, 21-18. ISU was never able to get any closer than three points, as UNI won the first set, 25-21.

In the second set, the two teams exchanged points and were tied at 8-8, until UNI took a 15-10 lead. Trailing 23-16, Illinois State needed a momentum shift late in the set. A 7-0 run by ISU tied the set, 23-23, but the Redbirds weren't done there, as two more points increased the run to 9-0 and gave ISU the second-set victory, 25-23. The Panthers had seven errors in the final nine points, as Rosch served eight-straight points.

Northern Iowa jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set, but Illinois State battled its way back into the set and used a 4-2 run to get within one, 13-12. ISU maintained the momentum and scored three-straight points to tie the game, 15-15, off of two errors by UNI. The two teams traded points and were tied two more times late the set, but Northern Iowa ended the set on a 3-1 run to take the set by a narrow margin, 25-23.

Illinois State led early in the fourth set, but Northern Iowa took a two-point lead 10-8, until a 4-1 run put ISU ahead by two, 15-13, forcing a UNI timeout. After the timeout, the momentum shifted to the Panthers, as they scored three-straight points to take an 18-17 lead, forcing a Redbird timeout. Back-to-back kills by UNI's Courtney Kintzel and an ISU error increased Northern Iowa's lead to three, 21-18. Illinois State was unable to get the momentum back, as UNI won the set, 25-20, to take the match.

The Redbirds return to the court for its final home game of the regular season Sunday, as they host Drake at 2:05 p.m.

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