Oct. 4, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State senior Christine McCartney had a match-high 13 kills and became the 18th player in school history with 1,000 in a career to lead the volleyball Bears to a 25-14, 25-19, 25-19 victory over visiting Evansville Friday evening at Hammons Student Center.
Missouri State improved to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in Missouri Valley Conference matches with the win, while the Purple Aces fell to 6-10 and 1-4 in the league.
Evansville scored the first two points of the match before the Bears reeled off a 12-1 run to take command of the first set at 12-3. Kaitlin Jaeger hit three straight kills to begin a 4-0 run for an 18-9 advantage, and the Bears finished the set with 15 kills compared to six for UE.
The second set was the McCartney show as the senior had seven kills on nine swings, including three straight to cap a 6-0 run for a 13-9 MSU lead. Evansville closed to 14-12 when Kayln Vlasin answered with two kills, and two attack errors by the visitors made it 19-13. The Purple Aces closed to three points on two occasions before McCartney kills accounted for Missouri State’s final three points in the 25-19 win.
McCartney’s 1,000th career kill gave MSU a 2-1 lead in the third, but the visitors used a 5-0 run to lead 8-4 and led 10-7 before the Bears took over. Missouri State used eight kills, two blocks and an Evansville error to turn that deficit into an 18-12 lead, and Carly Thomas aced UE for 23-15 before McCartney fittingly ended the match with her 13th kill.
Kayla Walton added 10 kills and hit .438 for the Bears as MSU led Evansville 52-27 in that category. Missouri State hit .271 compared to .126 for the Aces, and held a 59-39 advantage in digs thanks in large part to 20 from Ashley Mason.
Missouri State hosts Southern Illinois at 7 p.m. Saturday in the annual Dig Pink match. Several promotions will take place benefitting Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks. SIU (7-10, 2-3) lost 3-0 at Wichita State Friday.