JAGS IMPRESSIVE IN SEASON-OPENING WIN OVER TOLEDO
August 30, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Behind 13 kills from Kaitlyn Hickey and a career-high 12 kills from Logan Walling, the IUPUI volleyball team opened the 2014 campaign with an impressive 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-18) victory over Toledo Friday afternoon in the first match of the Blue and Gold Player's Challenge hosted by West Virginia University.
In just her third career start, sophomore setter Alexis Mapes orchestrated the offensive attack beautifully leading the Jags to a .337 team hitting percentage, led by Walling's .500 clip. Defensively, IUPUI kept Toledo in check forcing the Rockets into 26 attack errors and a .070 team hitting percentage.
In the back row, Beth Howard anchored the defense with 14 digs and she also recorded the team's lone ace of the match.
A five-point run early in the opening set that featured a pair of Kelly Wachtel kills and three Toledo errors helped the Jags take an 8-3 lead, and that trend would continue throughout the match. The Rockets closed with two points at 11-9, but IUPUI continued to capture key points to keep its lead at a comfortable margin. With the advantage at 15-12, the Jags reeled off seven consecutive points to up their lead to 22-12 thanks in part to three kills by Walling, and from that point IUPUI cruised to a 25-15 opening-set win.
The second set was closer from the start, but midway through the set a Walling kill preceded three consecutive Rockets miscues and an IUPUI block that allowed the Jaguars lead to increase their lead from two to seven at 20-13. Down the stretch, the Jags were never really threatened and they eventually took set two, 25-20.
Trailing two sets to none, Toledo took a one-point advantage out of the gates, but that would be it as the Jags methodically built a 16-9 lead on kills from Wachtel, Hickey and Meredith Farkas and an ace from Howard. That early push proved to be the difference as Toledo could not cut its deficit lower than five before ultimately falling 25-18.
True freshmen Gabby Fisher and Jessica Helms both made their IUPUI debuts on Friday with Fisher chipping in two kills and three total blocks and Helms posting two digs.
Things will get much tougher for the Jags on the final day of the Blue and Gold Player's Challenge when they take on No. 9 BYU at 11:30 a.m., before concluding the tournament against host West Virginia at 7 p.m. Live stats for both matches will be accessible through IUPUIJags.com and the evening match against the Mountaineers will also be streamed live on IUPUIJags.com via WVUSports.com.