Pula Based Croatian Club Team Blanks Illinois State
Katie Seyller
Katie Seyller

May 19, 2007

PULA, Croatia - Katie Seyller tallied an impressive 16 digs to go along with two blocks, and Erin Lindsey chipped in with 40 set assists, but Illinois State's volleyball team dropped four consecutive games to the OK Pula Club Team in Pula, Croatia Saturday afternoon in an international-ruled match.

The Redbirds suffered early deficits in the opening two games, and allowed a 6-2 run mid-way through game three to officially seal the sweep. The two teams played an exhibition fourth frame to complete the day's competition.

Pula jumped out to an early 8-4 lead in game one, and never allowed the Redbirds to claim an advantage. After ISU tied the score at 11-11, Pula went on a 4-1 spurt to claim a three-point lead, 15-12. The lead grew as large as seven points (24-17) down the stretch, and an ISU attack error put the finishing touches on a 25-19 Pula victory and 1-0 advantage in the best of five. M.C. Richmond collected four kills in the game, while Seyller chipped in with three kills.

Game two had a similar outset, as Pula led 10-5 after 15 possessions. They led for the ensuing 15 points before the Redbirds tied the score after a stuff block by Kristin Dziubla. ISU held the lead for the remainder of regulation, forcing game point on Pula at 24-22 after a kill by Kari Staehlin. But Pula ended the frame on a 3'0 spree, and escaped with a 26-24, extra-point victory. Seyller recorded a dominant effort in the stanza with six kills on as many swings.

Game three saw the Redbirds claim the early edge, but relinquish the advantage at 10-9 after an attack error. Pula led for the next eight possessions before ISU tied the score at 14-14 after a kill by Dziubla. But thez quicklz regained the advantage, and coasted to the 25-21, match clinching win. Lindsey assisted on 13 of ISU's 15 kills in the game, but it wasnćt enough to hold off Pula's late charge.

Seyller had another five kills in the fourth game, but Illinois State trailed for the majority of the stanza, eventually falling in a 26-24, extra-point affair. After three straight points gave the Redbirds a 21-20 advantage, Pula ended the game on a 5-3 spurt, capped off by three consecutive ISU errors. Seyller accounted for seven points in the stanza, also collecting two assisted blocks.

The Redbirds wrap up their competition in the International European Tour Monday when the face Italy's Maeg Volley Codogne B1 Club Team in Venice.