The Trees had a rough outing this past weekend as they got swept at the Green Bay Invite. They started off the weekend against Northeastern as they only managed to win one set from their 3-1 loss. Nikkie White led the ISU offense as she tallied 14 kills on the night. In this game, both defenses were stagnant, and digs were 74-73 in favor of Northeastern.
The following day against Fresno State the trees could not find a groove as they lost 3-0. The struggles on the offensive end continued for the Sycamores, hitting .084 compared Fresno State’s .281. Taylor Shelton and Cassie Kawa combined for 17 of the team’s 24 kills. Defensively, the Trees recorded more digs than the Bulldogs, 47-46, as Chole Mason and Gretchen Kuckkan both tallied double-digits digs.
The Sycamores executed courageously in the final match of the Green Bay Invitational. However, Green Bay succeeded at containing Indiana State's march Sunday afternoon. With a 2-1 deficient at hand, the Sycamores managed to force a fifth set against the Phoenix. After an intense match up, Green Bay rose to the occasion and earned a 3-2 victory. Cassie Kawa of Indiana State logged 19 kills and an impressive nine blocks, giving her .75 blocks-per-set throughout the tournament.
The Sycamores offense was biggest opposition throughout the weekend with the team tallying 50 kills and Madeline Williams leading the way with 17 kills independently. In total, Williams led the individual effort at .350 and Indiana State hit .120. In the assist area, the dynamic duo consisting of Chloe Mason and Mary Hannah Lewis split the workload against Green Bay, recording 23 and 18 assists, correspondingly. The Trees ended up with 49 total assists versus the 60 by the opposition.
For the second time in three days, freshman Gretchen Kuckkan logged a double-double with 11 kills, which was the second-most on the team, along with 15 digs.On the offensive end, the Phoenix ended up hitting .202 for the game alongside 63 kills on the day. Taylor Wolf led the offensive charge with 24 kills and a hitting percentage of .477.Defensively, Melina Tedrow and Jade York both finished with 20 digs, helping the Sycamores with their team total of 86. Green Bay ended the day with 83 digs. The Phoenix earned the edge in the block’s category, 11-6.