Oct. 12, 2012
SPRINGFIELD-- Missouri State reached the mid-point of the Missouri Valley Conference volleyball season Friday with a 3-1 (25-20, 18-25, 23-25, 21-25) loss to Wichita State at Hammons Student Center in Springfield.
The Bears fell to 11-10 overall and 5-4 in the league, while the Shockers moved to 14-5 and 7-2 in Valley play.
Andrea Beaty got off to a quick start in the match with two kills and a block helping MSU to a 6-2 lead in the first set on her way to totals of 14 kills and six blocks in the contest. The Shockers went on a 5-0 run to take the lead and extended it to 16-13 before the Bears charged back. Missouri State then got its first lead since 6-5 at 18-17 on a WSU attack error, and Carly Thomas and Kayln Vlasin scored consecutive kills for a 22-19 advantage. Vlasin added another for 24-20 and the MSU defense held the Shockers to .048 hitting in the set thanks to 19 digs and three blocks.
Wichita State took the second-set lead for good with a 3-0 run for an 8-5 score, and the Bears closed to within one point on three occasions but hit -.029 with eight kills and nine errors to aid the Shockers’ cause.
The Bears appeared in control of the third period at 18-13 before Wichita State fought back for a 19-19 tie. The set was tied at each point to 22-all when WSU rattled off consecutive scores for set point. Christine McCartney ended a long rally with a Missouri State kill to stave off one Shocker chance before WSU sealed it with a kill of its own. The Bears out-hit WSU .282-.273 in a set where the stats were nearly identical.
The fourth set was decided when the Shockers went on a 7-1 run to lead 14-8. From there, the teams sided out with two exceptions to the finish, those being a Beaty kill for an 18-14 score and a WSU attack error making it 23-20.
McCartney joined Beaty in double figures with 11 kills, while Ashley Mason (24) and Shelby Strang (18) led the defense by combining for 42 digs.
WSU hit .221 compared to .181 for the Bears, while MSU led in digs (75-64) and blocks (10-7).
The Bears begin the second round of MVC Friday at 7 p.m. at Evansville.