Volleyball Sweeps Non-Conference Schedule, 12-0
Sept. 18, 2010
OXFORD, Ohio - The Indiana University volleyball team entered Saturday night's road contest at Miami (OH) (5-8) as one of 10 undefeated teams left in the country, and they departed Oxford, Ohio remaining amongst the nation's unbeaten class. Indiana concludes the nonconference schedule with a perfect 12-0 record, dropping just five sets along the way.
Sophomore right-side hitter Kelci Marschall was named tournament MVP, leading the Hoosiers to a Miami Best Western Invitational championship. Ashley Benson and Jordan Haverly joined Marschall on the all-tournament squad. Benson has been tabbed all-tournament in each of IU's four pre-conference tournaments, including three MVPs. Haverly is also a multiple all-tournament honoree, earning that notation three times this season.
Indiana opened the nightcap with a barrage of kills. Whitney Granado ran the show in the first set, dishing out 15 assists as the Hoosiers tallied 16 kills on 29 errorless swings, good for a .552 hitting efficiency. The offensive load was spread out nicely with five different Hoosiers putting away two or more attacks in the 25-12 mauling of the RedHawks.
Though the Hoosier attacking percentage slipped in the second stanza, so, too, did the Miami clip. Indiana's defense stymied the RedHawk offense, limiting MU to a .094 efficiency.
Indiana then got back on track for the match-clinching third set, swinging at a .367 pace en route to a 25-20 winner.
Caitlin Cox led the team in digs once again, scooping up 14 balls. Samantha Thrower's contributions were also evident with a quick look at the stat sheet. Thrower was inserted into the starting line-up and responded with six kills and a team-high four blocks.
The Cream and Crimson are now headed for Big Ten Conference play, beginning on Wednesday (Sept. 22) at home versus Purdue. It marks the first conference match of the 2010 season and will be broadcast LIVE on the Big Ten Network.
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