Bears Rally Past Indiana State in Five Sets for Sixth Straight Win
Kayla Walton hit .412 with nine kills
Kayla Walton hit .412 with nine kills

Nov. 9, 2013

Final Stats

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.



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