The Sycamores are looking ahead to a triple threat weekend in Dayton, Ohio.
ISU is currently winless for the 2019 season with a record of 0-6. The Sycamores will start their bout against the Wright State Rowdy Raiders Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. on ESPN+. The Raiders are coming off an invitational against Xavier where freshman Jenna Story led the team without letting a single set drop. She tallied 52 digs in only nine sets that weekend, along with holding her oppositions to 5.78 digs per set. Story has also made a lot of noise in a past competition against Akron, compiling 20 digs.
Next, the Trees will have to go head-to-head against Toledo. This game is set for Saturday Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. on ESPN 3. The Toledo Rockets have an overall team record of 4-2 and are unbeaten in at-home competitions thus far. They are coming off of a win against Norfolk State where they defeated them in a one-sided victory with a score of 3-0. Their team is led by star players Zoe Bimbrich and Olivia Vance. Bimbrich wears jersey No. 1 while Vance wears jersey No. 9.
The Sycamores will then go on to close out their weekend against the Western Illinois Leathernecks Saturday, Sept. 14 at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN 3. The Leathernecks have a weighted team record of 3-4 with half of those loses coming from away games. The team is led by Head Coach Ben Staupe, assistant coach Elisa Joris, and graduate assistant coach Courtney Wagner. Staupe obtained both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin where he served as a coach for eight seasons. During his reign, the team compiled a record of 161-53. Along with that, he also coached 20 All-Americans, 31 All-Wisconsin intercollegiate Athletic Conference selections and three WIAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Joris played her first two collegiate seasons at Grand Valley State before she transferred to Wayne State. She’s a former member of the Daktronics All-America second team and was an AVCA All-American honorable mention. With graduate assistant coach Courtney Wager serving her first year as an assistant coach for the Leathernecks alongside her former coach Ben Staupe, they look to display their chemistry and cohesion this coming competition.
Indiana State is heading into the weekend seeking their first team victory which is led by over 200 team kills and assist with over 300 defensive team digs.