The Indiana State volleyball team closes out their 2019-2020 on two loses against Illinois State and Bradley University. The Sycamores ended the season with a record of 7-21 (5-13 in the Missouri Valley Conference).
Bradley and Illinois State beat ISU both times they met each other this season. The Sycamores were swept by Illinois State partly due to the phenomenal hitting of the Redbirds with a team hit percentage of .303.
On Nov. 22, Illinois State dominated all three sets holding ISU to under 18 points in all three sets. The Sycamores did however have a couple of standout performances coming from junior outside hitter Nikkie White, who had 11 kills and four blocks.
ISU redshirt senior middle blocker, Cassie Kawa, added eight kills and four blocks. ISU finished with a total of 28 kills in the contest with 19 coming from White and Kawa.
Other notable performances came from freshman setter, Chloe Mason, with 11 assists and junior setter Mary Hannah Lewis with eight assists of her own.
Freshman outsider hitter, Gretchen Kuckkan, had a total of 11 of her teams 37 digs which led ISU defensively. Both teams tied with eight blocks by the end of the contest.
ISU had a little more success against Bradley University with the final score being 3-1 in favor of BU. Bradley ended the season on a high note with a hit percentage of .319 and 62 kills combined.
ISU ended with a total hit percentage of .129 and 39 kills. White led the Sycamores in kills with 16 of her teams 39 kills. Kawa followed right behind her with eight kills and two blocks.
Mason ended up closing out the contest with a team high 19 assists. This placed her in the top-10 in the MVC in assists to close out the 2019-2020 season.
Bradley University’s Hannah Angeli ended her season with 26 total assists in this last contest. Sophomore libero Melina Tedrow earned 19 digs against BU.
Overall the Sycamores struggled with hitting in this last game and they also recorded 21 errors, which helped propel Bradley to the win.
Overall the Sycamores’ season was a very hard fought and strenuous journey. Starting off the season going 0-8 is difficult for any team to overcome. However, the Sycamores improved as the season progressed earning their first two wins Saturday Sep. 14th and Tuesday Sep. 17th. By the beginning of October, the Sycamores earned five of their seven wins this season.
ISU Head Volleyball Coach Lindsey Allman briefly touched on her overall perception of this season and some of the bigger takeaways from the season, saying “We were in system a lot, we were out of system a lot, but we made quick changes and quick adjustments… I’m just happy of how our girls dug it out.”