Staubach Records 1,000th Kill as Volleyball Tops Evansville, 3-1
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Missouri State senior outside hitter Sara Staubach became the 16th player in school history with 1,000 career kills as the volleyball Bears grabbed a 25-15, 19-25, 25-22, 25-17 Missouri Valley Conference win at Evansville Friday.
The Bears improved to 18-7 overall and 11-2 in the MVC, while Evansville fell to 13-13 and 6-8 in the league.
Staubach’s milestone kill came in a first set that the Bears dominated by hitting .471 as a team. The senior recorded career kills 1,000 and 1,001 as the final two points of the 25-15 win. Sophomore Kelley Michnowicz landed five kills on six attempts in the first set on the way to a career-high 20 in the match on .444 hitting.
The second set featured the Evansville offense on display with the Purple Aces hitting .370 while recording 18 kills against one error to tie the match at intermission.
Missouri State won a defensive struggle in the third, hitting .122 to UE’s .096, and pulling away from a 17-17 tie to win. Then in the fourth, Michnowicz hammered six more kills and the Bears blocked five Evansville attacks for an easy win. The Bears used a 7-0 run to turn a 10-8 lead into a 17-8 advantage.
Calli Norman had 11 kills and a team-high six blocks, while setter Melissa Gmur flirted with a triple-double, finishing the seven kills (on .778 hitting), eight digs and 46 assists. Cara Hackmann led the team with 22 digs, climbing to fourth place on MSU’s single-season list, while Addie Foley and Abby Padlock added 15 each.
Missouri State had 60 kills and hit .222 in the match compared to 52 kills and .181 hitting for the home team. Each team had 85 digs and UE out-blocked the Bears 9-8.
The Bears take on Southern Illinois (17-8, 6-8) in Carbondale at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Salukis were swept by Wichita State Friday.