The Sycamore Volleyball team solidified their second consecutive victory of the season Tuesday. ISU had a big advantage being back at home for the first time this season. As they continued to feed of the energetic crowd, the Sycamores battled for their second sweep of the season.
The trees were able to withstand a comeback attempt by the IUPUI Jaguars in the third set to take the match, 3-0. Indiana State came out strong, crushing the first set 25-11 and then the second one finishing out, 25-12. The Jaguars fought back in the third set, but the volleyball team stayed solid and claimed what was theirs. The set was intense as both teams were trying to gain the edge over each other.Defensively, the Sycamores were excellent, causing the Jaguars to hit -.044.
In the first set the Sycamores held IUPUI to -.235 hitting percentage. They continued their dominant defensive effort by holding the Jaguars to -.205 in the second set. This is the first time since Sept. 1, 2018 that the trees have held a foe to negative hitting against Winthrop.
The Sycamores recorded 70 digs in the contest as they achieved 23.33 digs-per-set. Libero, Melina Tedrow finished with 20 digs, entering the 20-dig club for her fourth time this season. IUPUI equated 61 digs and were led by their libero, Rachel Hickey with 23 digs alone. The Trees ended up getting six total blocks on the night, including two block assists and a solo block from Madeline Williams-- The Jaguars only finished up with three blocks in total.
On the offensive end, the Sycamores were led by redshirt Senior Cassie Kawa. She led the squad with 11 kills alone and also earned four block assists throughout the match. As a unit, the Sycamores hit .161. Setters Chloe Mason and Mary Hannah Lewis split the troubles together once again, recording 13 and 12 assists, respectively. Indiana State finished with 31 assists compared to IUPUI's 28 assists. The Sycamores will have over a week of rest before they kick-off the conference season at Drake and Northern Iowa Sept. 27 and 28.