TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State volleyball opened its season Monday afternoon, January 25, inside the ISU Arena, falling to Evansville in straight sets, 3-0 (20-25, 23-25, 25-27).

It was a tough offensive day for the Sycamores, hitting only .142 to Evansville's .236. Junior Madeline Williams was the leader on offense, tallying 13 kills and hitting .360 to go along with two digs on defense. Overall, ISU ended with 45 kills.

Defensively the Trees and Aces were nearly identical when it came to digs with the edge going to the Aces, 69-68. Three Sycamores recorded double-digit digs: Melina Tedrow (15), Mary Hannah Lewis (13) and Ashley Eck (11).

The Aces won the battle at the net, recording eight blocks to Indiana State's six.

The Sycamores struggled in the first set, trying to catch up to Evansville’s lead, 11-4. Hitting and errors plagued the Sycamores in the first set with the Trees hitting .122 and committing nine errors and 14 kills compared to Evansville hitting .281 and recording four errors on 13 kills. 

The Sycamores continued to struggle in the second set, hitting .173 to the Ace’s .278. Sycamore Madeline Williams led the Sycamores offensively in the set with five kills. Mary Hannah Lewis led the team in assists with nine and earning one kill. Melina Tedrow led the Sycamore’s defensive effort with six digs.

ISU finished the third set battling for extra points. The Sycamores hit .127 in the set, while Evansville hit .186. Sycamores Melina Tedrow and Gretchen Kuckkan led a strong defensive effort with Tedrow recording 10 digs and Kuckkan seven digs. 

Indiana State will travel to Evansville on Friday, January 29, for a rematch with the Aces. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. from the Meeks Family Fieldhouse.