Indiana State’s volleyball team hosted the 11-6 Loyola-Chicago team Saturday. The Sycamores started fast after losing the first set by only four points. That quickly changed as they finished the second set with a fourteen-point loss. The Loyola-Chicago Ramblers took control early in the second set and hit the ground running from there. Defensively, they recorded nine total blocks. Loyola freshman Addie Barnes stood out with a match-high of 11 kills. Barnes’ numbers were solid all around as she left Terre Haute with 11 kills, eight digs, three blocks, and a pair of aces. The Ramblers have started conference play 6-0 after this weekend, something they have not done since 2002. 

On Indiana State’s end, junior outside hitter Nikki White started off quiet but ended the day with seven kills. Sophomore middle blocker Madeline Williams trailed right behind White with six kills. In the second set, the Sycamores were simply outplayed by the Ramblers as Loyola began hitting a .407 hitting percentage compared to ISU, which had a .028 hitting percentage. Errors were another thing that killed Indiana State as they had five more than Loyola-Chicago, 18-13.

In the third set, Loyola broke a 10-10 stalemate after a long run. Freshman Kayla Kraus tallied a pair of aces when it mattered most during that stretch. The Ramblers left Terre Haute 4-0 in the Missouri Valley conference while the Sycamores ended Saturday 0-4 in conference play. 

The next day the Sycamores played host to Valparaiso. Offensively, from the game against Loyola-Chicago, they recorded .252 while Valpo tallied a .250 hitting average. Nikki White was the only Sycamore to end the game with double digit kills. For the Crusaders, junior Brittany Anderson dished out 35 assists and tallied 12 digs for her second double-double of the weekend. Indiana State ended their weekend with an 0-5 conference record. 

ISU continues to struggle to remain cons on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The Sycamore allowed 40-plus kills in each match this weekend, as well as struggling offensively against Loyola-Chicago as they hit .096 on the night. Indiana State Head Coach Lindsay Allman said, “They work their tails off and I think that is evident in our digs per set, that’s something we need to build off of but we know that’s got to translate to the offensive side.” 

They look forward to hosting Evansville Friday at 6 p.m. for homecoming. A win against Evansville is needed as the team looks for momentum heading into the rest of this season.