Oct. 8, 2012
SPRINGFIELD-- The Missouri State volleyball team defeated Central Arkansas by a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 25-17) final Monday evening at Hammons Student Center, using a season-high 16 blocks to hold one of the nation’s top statistical offenses to well under its season averages while handing UCA just its second loss in 21 matches this season.
The Bears (11-9) limited Central Arkansas (19-2) to a .131 hitting percentage and four-set averages of 13.5 kills and 0.75 service aces, easily below UCA’s top-15 national averages in those categories, while becoming the first team this season to dispatch the Sugar Bears in under five sets.
Missouri State recorded four blocks and limited UCA to .049 hitting in the first period, using two Christine McCartney kills and a block from the junior in a 4-0 run to lead 7-3 and never leading by less than two points the rest of the way.
In the second set, it was Andrea Beaty with two kills and a block for an early 5-2 lead, but UCA fought back to take an 11-10 advantage before the teams swapped 3-0 runs to a 17-16 score. From there, the set was tied five times before Amber Doolittle had a kill and a block for a 24-22 lead and Olivia Brand ended it with a kill.
Despite seven blocks from Missouri State, Central Arkansas was able to take the third period thanks to a late 6-0 run for a 22-17 lead. Then in the fourth, it was MSU’s turn to run as the Bears went 5-0 to lead 10-5 and kept the lead between three and five points until a Doolittle kill made it 18-12 and the Bears coasted from there.
Brand led the Bears with 15 kills on .289 hitting, while Beaty and Kaitlin Jaeger contributed 10 apiece. Ashley Mason scooped 23 digs, while Doolittle (7), Beaty (6) and Jaeger (6) led the charge at the net.
Missouri State returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. against Wichita State (13-5, 6-2 Missouri Valley Conference) at Hammons Student Center.