IU Volleyball Falls to Winthrop, 3-1, in Invite Title Match
Sept. 10, 2005
ROCK HILL, S.C. - The Indiana volleyball squad dropped to 4-4 on the season after dropping a tough battle to Winthrop, 3-1, in the Winthrop Invitational in Rock Hill, S.C. Overall, the Hoosiers proved just how spiteful volleyball can be as the team took the loss even though it won nearly every statistical category other than kills across the board.
"I would say statistically, we came out and won," Indiana head coach Katie Weismiller said. "We just have to be able to finish the games we are in. We need to win the tight games. We just have not been able to win the two-point games this season. Offensively, we are getting better and better. Our blocks are there, we just need to work on our defense. We need to work on our overall play."
As Weismiller stated, Indiana led Winthrop in almost every category. They out-hit WU, .264-.244, out-dug them, 49-47, and out-blocked them 10-5. Individually, freshman outside hitter Erica Short maintained a solid day with a career-high 20 kills, while senior outside hitter Rachel Gerling and sophomore right side Lauren Ditteon notched 14 putaways each.
Meanwhile, freshman setter Laura Holm recorded 54 assists as part of a double-double with 10 digs. Additionally, Gerling posted a double-double of her own with the 14 kills and 10 digs. Moreover, junior libero Sara Diehl made 11 saves as well.
In addition, sophomore middle blocker Annie Moddrell tallied her 16th block of the day with six block assists against Winthrop.
In the first frame, Indiana could not close out Winthrop at game point of 29-28 as the Eagles strung together three points to win 31-29 and move ahead 1-0.
In the second stanza, Winthrop held off a late rally by the Hoosiers to win 31-29 again and extend its lead to 2-0.
IU countered in the third game with a dominant 30-22 win to cut the lead to 2-1, but could not withstand the Eagles in a 30-26 loss in the fourth frame.
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