Hoosiers Downed by Illinois
Nov. 18, 2005
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Hoosiers fell to 9-20 (2-15 Big Ten) on the season in a tough 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-24) loss to Illinois in Champaign, Ill., on Nov. 18.
Individually, sophomore outside hitter Lauren Ditteon paced IU with 11 kills, while freshman outside hitter Erica Short accounted for 10 kills. Meanwhile, freshman setter Laura Holm recorded 35 assists, while senior outside hitter Rachel Gerling registered 10 digs.
With her 35 helpers, Holm eclipsed the 1,000-career assist mark to become just the 10th member of the Hoosier 1,000-career assist club. The St. Charles, Ill., product now owns 1,014 assists this season.
Furthermore, senior middle blocker Mandy Eberle posted four block assists to move into eighth all-time on the IU career block assists list with 238. She now stands 10 behind seventh-place Christina Archibald's 248 accumulated from 2001-04.
Moreover, Eberle's 135 total blocks this season puts her in sixth place on the single-season chart behind Melissa Brewer's 138 totaled in 2003.
Additionally, Short's 10 kills moved her just two kills behind the freshman single-season record of 364 set by Archibald in 2001.
In an incredibly close first frame, the two squads tied each other 16 times until the game stood at 20 all. The Hoosiers then went on a bit of a run to take a 25-22 lead. Illinois, however, responded to square the game at 26-26. The Illini then captured four of the final five points to record a 30-27 win and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second stanza, the Hoosiers fell into an early 9-5 hole before countering with a 4-0 run to knot the game at 9-9. Unfortunately, Illinois would take seven of the next eight points to jump out to a 16-10 advantage. Indiana attempted to chip away at the gap, but could not overcome the lead as the Hoosiers dropped the game 30-23 to give Illinois a 2-0 match advantage.
In the third game, the Hoosiers battled with the Illini until the frame stood at 8-8. During that stretch, the two teams tied each other eight times. Illinois then ran off four consecutive points to take a 12-8 lead. IU, however, countered to knot the game at 14-14, then tied the game once again at 15-15. Illinois rebounded with another 4-0 run to jump out to a 19-15 advantage and only allowed the Hoosiers to close to within two points twice at 21-19 and 22-20, before clinching the match with a 30-24 triumph.
Next up, the Hoosiers tangle with Purdue for a half-point in the SBC Crimson and Gold Cup Series also presented by Simon Malls. Indiana travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to play the Boilermakers on Nov. 19 at 4:30 p.m.
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