Nov. 9, 2012
WICHITA, Kan. -- Missouri State sophomore Olivia Brand slammed a career-high 23 kills Friday, but it was not enough for the Bears in a 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 17-25, 17-25) loss at Missouri Valley Conference rival Wichita State.
The Bears fell to 15-13 overall and 9-7 in MVC play and now sit one-half match behind both Southern Illinois and Illinois State for fourth place with two matches to play. The Shockers (19-7, 12-4) maintained their third-place league standing with the victory.
Brand recorded seven kills in each of the first two sets, four in the third and five in the fourth, limiting herself to six errors in 47 total attempts for a .362 hitting percentage. The Springfield native added a career-high six blocks to her stat line as well. Carly Thomas joined Brand with a milestone of her own, handing out 47 assists on the night to pass Ashley Warren for second in MSU history in career assists.
The Bears never led in the first set despite the final two-point margin. Wichita State scored the first two points of the match and led by as many as five points at 14-9, though Missouri State tied the score at 8-8, 9-9, 22-22 and 23-23 before WSU’s Emily Adney hit consecutive kills for the win.
Missouri State grabbed a 5-1 lead in the second set on the strength of two Brand kills and pushed the advantage to as high as seven points at 17-10 before the Shockers staged a 5-0 run to get back within striking distance. Wichita State took its first lead with a block for 22-21 and scored the next point before Brand landed four straight kills to close the set with 14 kills at intermission.
Wichita State hit .380 over the final two sets without trailing in either one. The Shockers jumped ahead 5-1 in the third and never let the Bears closer than 9-8, then went up 12-4 in the fourth and kept the advantage at four points or better for the duration of the period.
The Shockers led Missouri State in kills (60-55), hitting percentage (.241-.174) and blocks (13-8), while the Bears held a 75-62 edge in digs. Ashley Mason led the Bears with 19 digs, Shelby Strang had 14, Maddy Hogan added 13 and Kinsey McCarter finished with 10. Christine McCartney had 11 kills to join Brand in double figures.
WSU was led by Elizabeth Field’s 19 kills on .571 hitting.
The Bears host Drake at 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 16) and Creighton at 7 p.m. the next night before the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament comes to Hammons Student Center Nov. 22-24.