Bears Close MVC's First Half With Sweep of Bradley
Christine McCartney had nine kills and eight digs
Christine McCartney had nine kills and eight digs

Oct. 19, 2013

Final Stats

SPRINGFIELD -- The Missouri State volleyball team completed its first trip through the Missouri Valley Conference schedule Saturday with a 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 sweep of visiting Bradley at Hammons Student Center.

Simone House’s kill for a 13-10 Missouri State lead in the first set marked the first three-point lead for either side in the match, and the margin held at 15-12 when the Bears ripped off a 6-0 run that was book-ended by Kaitlin Jaeger kills, two of her six in the first period. MSU coasted from that 21-12 advantage and held Bradley to .045 hitting in the set.

Kayla Walton capped a 4-0 Missouri State run with a kill midway through the second set to put the Bears ahead 15-10 and added another for an 18-12 lead. Elise Monroe and Carly Thomas followed with kills for a 20-12 advantage and Missouri State hit .481 with 15 kills in the period for a 2-0 lead.

The third set was tightly-contested to a 9-8 score when MSU’s 4-0 run pushed the home team ahead 13-8. Bradley closed to 16-14 before Jaeger and Olivia Brand combined for a block between kills from each player as part of a 6-0 run to a 22-14 advantage. Bradley pulled to 24-20 when Karen Rivatto closed the match with a kill.

Jaeger led the Bears with 11 kills on .385 hitting in the match, while Christine McCartney was close behind with nine kills and a .500 attack efficiency. MSU hit .299 compared to .130 for the Braves and led 46-36 in total kills. Ashley Mason had 18 digs as the Bears led 57-48 in that category, while Thomas had six kills, six digs and 38 assists.

The Bears improved to 13-8 overall and 5-4 in MVC play. Bradley dropped to 10-8 and 4-5 in league matches.

Missouri State continues its homestand Friday at 7 p.m. against UNI.



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