Indiana State volleyball earned their second-consecutive comeback victory of the year, defeating Austin Peay 3-2 (21-25, 28-26, 22-25, 25-22, 15-8) to earn the Sycamore Invitational championship and extend their winning streak to five matches.
Karinna Gall was named the Most Valuable Player for the tournament, recording 40 kills for 2.86 per set to go along with 51 digs (3.64 per set) and 11 blocks. She recorded a double-double in each match of the tournament and hit an impressive .406 against Austin Peay on Saturday.
Storm Suhre and Madeline Williams were also named to the All-Tournament team, with Suhre playing a key role in Saturday's comeback win over Austin Peay with 19 kills and two solo blocks while hitting .515. For the tournament she registered 31 kills. Williams ended her weekend with 30 kills and 12 blocks, including two solo blocks. She tallied a weekend-best 11 kills over IUPUI to go with seven digs.
With the victory over Austin Peay, Indiana State (6-2, 0-0 MVC) won their first non-conference tournament since the 2015 campaign when they were victorious at the ISU Classic. The five-match winning streak is also the longest since five wins in-a-row during the 2015 season.
In addition to Suhre and Gall, Kylie Newby was strong offensively with 12 kills while Williams added nine, helping the Trees to 70 total kills on the afternoon. The Sycamores out-hit the Governors (5-4, 0-0 OVC) .251-.224.
Junior Chloe Mason recorded her second double-double of the weekend behind a 32 assist, 10 dig performance while Emma Kaelin added 25 assists and 12 digs over her own.
Gall made it three Sycamores with double-doubles, getting down for 15 digs of her own.
Leading the defensive effort was Melina Tedrow with 25 digs for an impressive 5.0 per set. Despite a strong defensive effort from the Blue & White, Austin Peay still held an 83-81 advantage in the category.
At the net, ISU was strong with nine total blocks compared to Austin Peay's eight. Suhre recorded the lone solo block, but Newby and Gall each tallied three block assists of their own to help maintain control.
Austin Peay was led by Mikayla Powell with 18 kills on .417 hitting. Brooke Moore and Tegan Seyring each contributed 15 kills of their own for the opposition.
Finding themselves in a similar position to Friday night, Indiana State looked much more confident throughout the duration of the fifth and final set. The Trees hit an impressive .500 with 11 kills while holding the Governors to just .150 hitting and forcing four errors to claim the tournament championship.
The Sycamores will be back at home next Friday, Sept. 17 when they welcome rival Eastern Illinois to ISU Arena at 6 p.m. ET.