Sept. 8, 2012
New Orleans boxscore
Northern Illinois boxscore
SPRINGFIELD-- Missouri State’s volleyball team completed its last competition date before the Missouri Valley Conference season Saturday with two matches in the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Invitational at Hammons Student Center in Springfield.
The Bears (5-6) swept New Orleans (3-6) in the afternoon match, and dropped a heartbreaking five-setter to Northern Illinois (7-5) in the championship match. Amber Doolittle and Kaitlin Jaeger earned all-tournament honors for Missouri State.
The Bears open Missouri Valley Conference play Friday (Sept. 14) with a 6 p.m. match at Creighton.
New Orleans Recap (Won 25-12, 25-17, 25-8)
Missouri State hit a season-high .398, led by Jaeger’s error-free 14 kills on 18 swings, and held the Privateers to .064 hitting in the sweep.
Jaeger had three kills and Carly Thomas added two aces in an 8-0 run to lead 8-1 in the first set as the Bears out-hit UNO .370-.000 in the period. Missouri State opened the second set error-free through 18 attacks for a 15-9 lead and closed on a 4-0 run after New Orleans pulled within 21-17. Andrea Beaty had five of the team’s 18 kills.
MSU used an 8-0 run to blow open the third set with a 16-3 lead, hitting .583 as a team. Jaeger finished off the match with back-to-back kills to go with a team-high five blocks. Christine McCartney had seven kills and a match-high 11 digs, and Ashley Mason had 10 digs.
Northern Illinois Recap (Lost 16-25, 25-20, 25-17, 19-25, 13-15)
Thomas recorded her second career triple-double with 11 kills (on .435 hitting), 50 assists and 18 digs, and the Bears held a notable lead in several statistical categories, but were doomed by 34 attack errors, including 15 that were blocked by NIU, in dropping the final two sets in a 3-2 defeat.
McCartney had 16 kills and a career-high 24 digs, and sophomore Maddy Hogan added a career-best 19 digs, as the Bears led 99-83 in that category and 64-57 in kills. NIU hit .179 to .153 for the Bears and served eight aces.
The Huskies jumped to a 13-5 lead in the first set and the Bears never got closer than five points from there, but rebounded in the second period thanks to NIU hitting -.047 in the set.
Missouri State bolted to a 9-3 lead in the third with an 8-0 run capped by Hogan’s ace, and got three closing kills from Olivia Brand for points 21, 24 and 25 to take a 2-1 set lead.
Northern Illinois equalized the match by hitting .394 in the fourth set and using a 10-0 run to lead 22-12.
After trailing 5-2 in the fifth, the Bears tied at 5-5 and the set was tied at each point to 11-all. The Huskies scored an ace that trickled over the net and the Bears added an attack error to trail 13-11, then returned the favor with a similar Thomas ace after a Doolittle kill for a 13-13 deadlock before NIU’s MacKenzie Roddy hit consecutive kills to close the win for the visitors.