ISU Volleyball Completes Sweep of Holiday Inn Classic With Saturday Wins
August 31, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Indiana State volleyball team completed a four-game sweep of its own Holiday Inn Classic with wins over Chicago State (25-13, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16) and North Carolina A&T on Saturday in ISU Arena. Indiana State improves to 4-0 on the season for the first time since 2002 and first time under head coach Traci Dahl-Skinner.
ISU was led by sophomore outside hitter Bree Spangler who combined for 23 kills on the day and senior middle blocker Kyla Thomas who tied a career-high 15 kills against North Carolina A&T.
Spangler was named the MVP of the Holiday Inn Classic while sophomore middle blocker Kynedi Nalls and junior middle blocker Cassandra Willis earned spots on the all-tournament team.
“I felt like the last two games definitely show that we get more experienced every time we take the court,” Dahl-Skinner said. “It was good that we had to come from behind in both games which forced our team to have to find its identity. It was a great tournament win for our program and really preps us for next weekend at the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational.”
In the finale against the Aggies (0-4), ISU fell behind, dropping set one 24-26. But the Sycamores found its second wind, cruising through the next three sets as they held North Carolina A&T to a .117 hitting percentage overall in the match.
Spangler led things for ISU with 17 kills and a match-high 15 digs. Thomas posted a career night in kills and a career-high .833 hitting percentage. Junior setter Erika Nord dished out 50 assists while also recording 10 digs.
ISU hit .390 against the Aggies, as Willis also added 14 kills with a .579 hitting percentage.
Freshman libero Stephanie Bindernagel also turned in 10 digs to help the Sycamores’ back row attack.
In the afternoon match, the Sycamores handled Chicago State in four sets, 25-13, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16, and improving to 18-0 all-time versus the Cougars.
ISU widened the gap in set one on a serving run by Nord who gothelp from Thomas, notching three kills during a 6-0 run. ISU also closed out the set on a 5-0 run, taking the first set 25-13.
Thomas led things in the set with five kills while Nalls and Willis chipping in three each. ISU posted its best hitting percentage of the match with a .539 in the opening set.
It was more of the same in set two, with the Sycamores cruising to a 25-14 win. Freshman setter Rachel Griffin saw her first collegiate action in the set, dishing out five assists. ISU also held Chicago State to a -.200 hitting percentage in the set.
The Cougars responded in set three, posting a 25-23 victory over ISU, forcing a fourth set. Indiana State couldn’t find a rhythm as it trailed by as many as five after a Chicago State kill by Sarah Metcalf. ISU did respond late, coming within one on a Griffin dump to cut the score to 21-22. The two teams traded kills as Chicago State capitalized on set point to force a fourth.
Four kills from Nalls and Griffin helped the Sycamores overcome a .091 hitting effort in the fourth set, to win 25-16.
ISU returns to action on Friday and Saturday as it travels to Moon Township, Pa. for the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational. ISU faces the tournament hosts on Friday while wrapping up action on Saturday against Youngstown State.
Holiday Inn Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP: Bree Spangler, Indiana State
Cassandra Willis, Indiana State
Kynedi Nalls, Indiana State
Kelsey Wilson, Akron
Amber Graham, Chicago State
Ashley Langjahr, Wright State
Liz Martino, North Carolina A&T