Indiana State volleyball snapped a four-game losing skid to Loyola Chicago on Monday evening, using a dominant performance to down the Ramblers, 3-0, in the ISU Arena.
The 3-0 [25-15, 25-19, 25-14] victory for ISU was the first sweep over Loyola since 2014 and improves the Sycamores to 3-6 (3-5 MVC) while Loyola falls to 6-3 (5-3 MVC).
For the second-consecutive game, sophomore Taylor Shelton put up big numbers to lead the Indiana State offense. The Fishers, Ind., native put down 13 kills while hitting .357 offensively and contributed 10 digs on the defensive end to earn a double-double. Madeline Williams and Kylie Newby added eight and seven kills, respectively.
As a team, Indiana State dominated the match on offense with a 45-31 kill advantage while out-hitting the Ramblers .303-.079. The Blue & White also recorded more assists by a 41-25 margin, led by Chloe Mason with 23 and Mary Hannah Lewis with 11. The team ended the day with a season-best eight service aces.
It was the same story on the defensive side of the net for the Trees on Monday. Melina Tedrow led the way with 19 digs, pushing her to 995 career digs, just five away from the 1,000-dig club at Indiana State. The Trees recorded 62 total digs on the evening.
The quartet of Karinna Gall, Mallory Keller, Newby and Williams protected the net well against the Loyola offensive attack. Newby rose-up for a solo block to go along with three block assists while Williams and Gall each tallied five block assists. Keller added three block assists of her own to give the Sycamores a 10-3 total block advantage at the net.
Indiana State wasted no time in putting the Ramblers on their heels to begin the match, using 16 kills in set one, six of which came from Shelton, to pull away for a 25-15 set win while hitting .359. Tedrow did the majority of her defensive damage in set one as well with nine digs to lead the way.
The Ramblers managed to slow down the ISU onslaught in set two, holding the Trees to just 12 kills and hitting .273. Despite the slowed offense, the Sycamore defense remained strong, holding Loyola to .053 hitting and 10 errors to hold on for a 25-19 win.
Set three saw the Blue & White put it all together, recording 17 kills, six block assists and 25 digs while hitting .277. Williams and Kaitlyn Hamilton combined for 10 kills during the frame to help pull away early and never look back, winning the set and the match, 25-14.
After the brief stint at home, Sycamore volleyball hits the road again next Sunday and Monday (Feb. 28-Mar. 1) for a road series at Northern Iowa. The matches will be streamed live on the Valley on ESPN.