Redbird Volleyball Visits Indiana State
Nov. 11, 2011
NORMAL, Ill. -The Illinois State volleyball team (17-10, 9-6 MVC) will head out to take on Indiana State (13-14, 5-10 MVC) for its last conference road match of the season Saturday at 6 p.m. (CST) at the ISU Arena.
“Indiana State is in a position where they can qualify for the conference tournament and it is important for us to understand the mind set of our opponent,” said head coach Melissa Myers. “They are a low error team and very good defensively and from the service line. We know it will be a tough battle and we will have our hands full this weekend.”
Illinois State is coming off of a 2-0 finish last weekend for its first road sweep of the 2011 season, after defeating Southern Illinois (3-1) and Evansville (3-0). LeighAnn Hranka led the Redbirds after recording 18 kills and 14 digs against Southern Illinois for her tenth double-double (digs/kills) of the season. She continued to be dominant the following night and tallied 12 kills and nine digs. Hranka led all hitting and recorded hitting percentages above .200 in back-to-back performances. Jenny Menendez controlled the Redbird backcourt after compiling 49 digs in two matches. She averaged eight digs and marked a new personal-best 24 digs in a three-set win against Evansville. The performance also marked her eleventh match with 20-plus digs this season. Illinois State ranks in the top five in kills (12.97 per set), opponent hitting percentage (.168), assists (12.15) and blocks (2.28 per set) in Valley statistical categories.
The Redbirds will match-up against Indiana State for the second time this season, after defeating the Sycamores in four sets on Oct. 13. Indiana State has won three of its past four matches, including losing its most recent match to IUPUI in three sets. Molly Murphy led Indiana State with 16 kills and a .263 hitting percentage. She was the only Sycamore player to produce double-digits. Shea Doran added seven kills, two assists and two solo blocks and Kiya James led the defensive efforts with 21 digs. The Sycamores rank first in the Valley in service aces (1.30) and sixth in overall conference standings.
This will be the 56 meeting between the two teams, with Illinois State leading the series 50-6.
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