TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball opened play at the Missouri Valley Conference Friday and Saturday when it hosts Bradley and Illinois State inside the ISU Arena.
Sycamores will face Bradley on Friday at 6 p.m., and the first serve will be against Illinois State at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Friday’s game will feature a phone wallet distribution to the first 50 fans. Saturday’s game will be the Sycamore Kids Club game.
Indiana State divided its last two games from non-team play, defeating Campbell in five sets before relegating to Kentucky No. 14 in three sets.
Mallory Keeler He led the way for the Sycamore attack with 25 kills in two games (16 against Campbell, nine against Kentucky), while Kaitlin Hamilton He scored 17 kills in the next win over Campbell.
home sweet home
After playing the first eight games of the season on the road or at neutral locations, Indiana State opened the Missouri Valley Conference game at the ISU Arena against Bradley and Illinois State.
This season was the first without a home game without a conference since 2005, with the exception of the spring 2021 season, and the longest stretch without a home game (eight games) since 2019, when Sycamores opened the season with nine consecutive games away from the ISU Arena. . It also marks the first time Sycamores have faced the Conference Championship holders in the opening weekend of multiplayer since 2018.
The first one to fall
Indiana State had to work for its first win of the season, but Sycamores showed resilience in a five-set win over Big Southern Conference holders Campbell. The Sycamores had lost 2-1 in the match and 22-19 in the fourth set before they staged a late rally in the fourth and took care of business in the fifth.
Campbell’s 0.15 hits percentage in the game against Indiana State was the lowest anyone has scored against Sycamores this season, while Indiana State had its highest hits of the season with kills (54), assists (49) and digs (77).
In addition to being the first win of the season for Indiana State, it was also the first win for the new Sycamore coach. Ashley Pritchard.
After choosing to return to the show for season five, the Indiana State Libero Melina Tedro It has a chance of making school history this season, as it currently ranks second all-time with 1,824 holes. Tedrow enters the weekend just 17 holes off the school registry, which is maintained by Christy Cox. She currently ranks seventh among the Division I active players in pits and leads all of the Missouri Valley Conference’s active players in stats.
Tedrow leads the Sycamores with 109 holes this season, including double-digit holes in six straight games. She had a top 20 hole punch of the season in a three-set game against North Dakota.
Kaitlin Hamilton (66), Mallory Keeler (57) and Karina Gal (49) Currently Sycamore is up when it comes to killing, and they are all among the top 40 in the Missouri Valley Conference in killing per group.
Hamilton has scored double-digit killers in four of his last five games, including 17 in Indiana State’s five-set win over Campbell. Keeler had 16 kills in the win over Campbell and followed that up with nine kills against Kentucky No. 14. Gall has recorded six or more kills in five of the first eight games of the season, including a season 12 high against North Dakota.
Keeler crossed 500 career kills in sycamore earlier this season against Western Michigan, while Hamilton (484 career kills) and Gall (445) are on track to reach the 500 kills mark at some point during the 2022 season.
Indiana hits the road for the first time during the Missouri Valley Conference play September 30 – October 1Sycamores will play a pair of newcomers from MVC in their next games, facing Murray State (September 30, 7 p.m.) and Belmont (October 1, 6 p.m.).