Nov. 9, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State’s offense came alive to hit .456 in the fourth and fifth sets Saturday evening as the volleyball Bears rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Indiana State by set scores of 25-17, 12-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-11.
The Bears improved to 19-9 overall and 10-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play while winning their sixth consecutive match. MSU now has 19 separate winning streaks of at least six matches since 1999. Indiana State fell to 11-15 and 4-10 in the league.
With their backs to the wall, the Bears jumped ahead 6-0 to begin the fourth set and hit .458 in the period. Seniors Christine McCartney and Amber Doolittle hit back-to-back kills and combined for a block to cap a 4-0 MSU run with a 14-5 lead, and the Sycamores pulled no closer than six points from there as they committed 10 errors in the period.
Then in the fifth set, the Bears went on a critical 5-0 run to lead 12-8 after a Carly Thomas service ace. Indiana State closed to 12-10 when Karen Rivatto scored for 13-10 and McCartney’s fourth kill of the period made it 14-11. The Sycamores missed their next attack to hand the Bears the win.
Missouri State won the first set with 16 kills and a .412 hitting percentage, but managed only 16 kills against 18 errors over the next two frames as the visitors took a 2-1 lead.
Each team finished with 57 kills and ISU committed just one more attack error than the Bears. The Sycamores led 7-6 in service aces and 9-6 in blocks, while the Bears held a .210-.190 advantage in hitting percentage and 71-64 lead in digs.
Rivatto led MSU with 12 kills while Kayla Walton and McCartney had nine apiece. Ashley Mason had 16 digs, and Thomas notched a double-double with 47 assists and 12 digs.
The Bears return to action Thursday (Nov. 14) with a 7 p.m. match at Bradley.