ISU volleyball enjoys 7-game win-streak before conference opener

Sycamore Volleyball cheering on their teammates against Eastern Illinois.

The Indiana State volleyball team has not seen a winning season since around 2015. This year could be completely different, as they have opened the season 7-2. The last time the Sycamores lost was the third match of the season at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

Ever since then they have won seven straight matches. This is their second-longest winning streak in school history.

Offensively they are third in the conference in hitting percentage and defensively they are third in the conference in digs.

Sophomore Karinna Gall leads the team offensively in kills with 99 total. Gall’s season high was the second match of the season against Eastern Michigan where she finished with 16 kills and a 3-1 victory over the Eagles.

Senior Melina Tedrow leads defensively just as she has done in past seasons. Tedrow has a total of 164 digs this season. Her season high was at home against Austin Peay where she had 25 digs.

“We’re doing a really nice job right now maximizing our strengths,” Head Indiana State Volleyball Coach Lindsay Allman stated.

The Sycamores have enjoyed quality wins against tough opponents such as Western Michigan and Eastern Illinois.

The Indiana State volleyball team went into their first game against Eastern Illinois on a win-streak looking to break the Panthers’ streak. Eastern Illinois came into the first match on a 3-game win streak with the intent of being State’s first lost in a while.

The Sycamores defended their turf well with a 3-0 win over the Panthers and then traveled to Illinois to beat the Panthers on the road, 3-1 just three days later.

Gall tied with outside hitter Kaitlynn Hamilton with 13 total kills. Tedrow led with digs in that final match with 14.

“I don’t feel like we’re underachieving, but I don’t think we’re overachieving either,” Allman said about the season so far. “We’ve got to get better before every match-up because if you look across the league right now everyone’s winning.”

State’s volleyball team has plenty of season left to play as conference play opens this Friday when they host a tough 10-1 Evansville team. The next Friday they travel to face a 9-2 Valparaiso team for their first conference match on the road.