Redbird Volleyball Visits Bradley, No. 11 Northern Iowa
Oct. 19, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. - The Illinois State volleyball team (10-8, 2-4 MVC) will travel to Bradley and No. 11 Northern Iowa this weekend. The Redbirds will face Bradley Thursday at 7 p.m. (CST), followed by No. 11 Northern Iowa Friday at 7 p.m. (CST).
Illinois State is finding a team rhythm and has won four-consecutive Missouri Valley Conference matches, including its most recent win against Indiana State (3-1). LeighAnn Hranka led the way with 14 kills against the Sycamores and Shannon McGlaughlin added 13. Jenny Menendez controlled the defensive efforts with 19 digs and recorded a new career-high eight assists. Setter, Kristin Stauter displayed a steady performance after tallying six kills, 45 assists and 12 digs. The senior recorded a season-high nine and a half points; a career-high seven block assists and notched her 13th double-double (digs/assists) of the season. The Redbirds rank in top five in opponent hitting percentage (.161), blocks (2.26 per set) and service aces (1.05) in the Valley.
“We are facing two tough teams at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their game,” said head coach Melissa Myers. “Bradley does a good job backcourt defensively as well as offensively and Northern Iowa is a big blocking team and offense oriented. We need to plan for two types of teams, but none the less we have the opportunity to face two solid opponents."
Bradley is coming off a series of four-set losses against Drake and Creighton, in the midst of a seven-match losing streak. Alise Tupuritis and Amy Angelos led the Braves with 28 and 27 kills, respectively. BU out-blocked Drake by eight total blocks and produced higher marks in hitting percentage and digs, but was unable to capture the victory. Freshman setter Madison Kamp produced forty plus assists in both matches and ranks second on the team in digs (139) and fifth in the Valley in assists per set (9.68)The Braves have an overall record of 7-10 and a 1-8 in the MVC.
Northern Iowa has an overall record of 20-1 and an undefeated MVC record (9-0). The Panthers only loss was in a five set match-up against No. 14 Minnesota. UNI recorded its most recent victory against North Dakota State in five sets. The team had five players with 11 or more kills and three with 15 more digs. Michelle Burrow posted 24 kills and two errors for a .500 hitting percentage, which earned her the most recent MVC player of the week honors. The Panthers reached a 20-win mark for the 14th straight season.
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