The Indiana State volleyball team ended their Thanksgiving break with a 18-12 record. The Sycamores traveled to Normal, Ill. for the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. ISU enjoyed their second win in program history in the Missouri Valley conference.
On Thanksgiving Day Indiana State swept No. 3 seed Bradley 3-0. The Sycamores were outstanding on offense as five players had seven or more kills. Kaitlyn Hamilton and Storm Suhre led with nine kills each. Mallory Keller followed behind them with eight kills.
Defensively for ISU Melina Tedrow racked up a team high of 16 kills. The Sycamores were also a force upfront as Kylie Newby finished the contest with 6 blocks.
As for the Braves, Karagan Coggin led in kills with 8. Hannah Thompson led Bradley defensively with 20 digs.
Indiana State out hit Bradley .308 to .104. The Sycamores also ended the contest with 60 points while Bradley concluded with 39 points.
The next day ISU fell to No. 2 Illinois State in the semifinal 3-0. The Sycamores railed back in all three sets but failed to win any. They did not lose any set by more than right points. Mallory Keller led Indiana State offensively in the semifinals with 10 kills and a .200 hitting percentage.
Kaitlyn Hamilton followed behind her with six kills and a block. Tedrow led defensively once again with 12 digs against the Redbirds.
Tamara Otene was a force for Illinois State’s offense as she finished with 14 kills against the Sycamores. The Redbirds were stout upfront as Nicole Lund concluded the competition with 10 blocks compared to ISU block leader’s one.
Kaity Weimerskirch led defensively for Illinois State as she had 17 digs against Indiana State. This was Indiana State’s second time ever reaching the MVC championship semifinal round. The Sycamores’ previous trip ended in the semifinals in 2017 to Missouri State.
Indiana State’s volleyball team next matchup will be tomorrow at the National Invitational Volleyball championship. The tournament will take place in Valparaiso, Ind. and will begin at 5pm. The Sycamores’ first game of the tournament will be against Toledo.