The Indiana State volleyball team will be competing against the University of Evansville Purple Aces for the second time this season Friday in Evansville at 7 p.m. in the Meeks Family Fieldhouse. Indiana State is currently 5-18 in the regular season and 3-10 in Missouri Valley Conference. Evansville is 14-10 in the regular season and 5-8 in the MVC.
In their last meeting, the Sycamores beat the Aces with a final score of 3-1. Since 1981 these two conference rivals have an overall record of 49-30 in favor of ISU. During ISU’s homecoming on Oct. 11, the Sycamores beat the Aces with a final score of 3-1. The Sycamores were dominant offensively with freshman Gretchen Kuckkan, freshman Taylor Shelton, junior Nikkie White and freshman Kylie Newbie all recording 10 kills while Cassie Kawa lead her team with 11 kills and one block. Nikkie White was the team leader in blocks, recording three blocks in four sets.
Indiana State is currently on a three-game losing streak and Evansville is on a five-game losing streak. The Sycamores are sitting at 10th-place in Missouri Valley Conference while the Purple Aces in 6th-place in the MVC. Before Oct. 19 the Purple Aces were 14-5 before going on a five-game losing streak.
In the last eight out of 10 sets, the Sycamores have lost by four points or less. In the last three matches, the Sycamores have been averaging 42.6 kills and 38.6 assists which is about 14.2 kills and 12.8 kills per match. Defensively, the Sycamores have been averaging 10.6 blocks in the past three games. Sophomore Melina Tedrow is the ISU dig leader as she has been averaging 20 digs over the course of the past three games.
In the previous three games for the Purple Aces, they have averaged 33.6 kills with 39.6 assists which average out to 11.2 kills and 13.2 assists.
Over the span of the last three games the Sycamores have struggled executing, as Indiana State has recorded a total of 70 errors. Although, this is a small sample size, the outcome for the Panthers is 3-0 over the past three games and 0-3 for Indiana State.
Freshman Chloe Mason and Junior Mary Hannah Lewis stepped up in their last game against Illinois State. Lewis tallied 11 assists and Mason added 12 assists of the teams 29 total assists. Indiana State looks to break their losing streak against the University of Evansville.