Eberle Breaks Single-Season Total Block and Block Assist Marks in Loss to Wisconsin
Nov. 26, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After Senior Night festivities in which senior middle blocker Mandy Eberle and senior outside hitter Rachel Gerling were honored for their service while donning the Cream and Crimson, the Hoosiers hung tough with the No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers, but fell short 3-1 (30-22, 30-16, 28-30, 30-15) in the final match of the season.
"Our seniors have been unbelievable," Indiana head coach Katie Weismiller said. "It is going to be very difficult to replace them. Mandy came out and had a huge night on the block with nine block assists, while Rachel has been our primary passer and is also a huge block. Our younger players are going to need to step up to fill that void."
Overall, Wisconsin out-hit the Hoosiers .359-.123 in the last contest of 2005 at the University Gym in Bloomington, Ind.
"We have competed with everyone in every match this season," Weismiller said. "We just have a young group who has a hard time sustaining any momentum right now. That is something we will continue to work on in the off season."
Remarkably, Eberle's nine block assists, which tied her own tally against Evansville on Sept. 27 for the most in a four-game match in University Gym history, also broke Indiana's single-season block assists record and total blocks record. Previously, IU standout Cydryce Carter (1997) and Katie Pollom (2002) owned the block assists standard with 139, while Pollom held the total blocks mark with 153 in 2002.
Eberle's block assist tally wound up at 140, while her total blocks ended at 155. Notably, Pollom attended the contest to witness the record-breaking performance.
"Mandy really worked her tail off this year to break those records," Weismiller said. "She did a great job on the block, and has always enjoyed blocking. This season, she fought through a lot of injuries. It was great to see her achieve this way in breaking the records. It is a testament to just how tough of a kid she is. She is a fighter and a competitor."
For the match, Gerling paced the Hoosiers with 15 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Gabrielle Allison recorded 10 kills of her own. Meanwhile, freshman setter Laura Holm posted 24 assists, while freshman setter Jessica Batliner registered 15. Also of note, a trio of Hoosiers registered double-digit dig totals as Gerling notched a double-double with a team-high 13 digs, while junior libero Sara Diehl recorded 12 digs and Holm also pitched in a double-double with 11 digs.
In the first frame, the two squads traded the lead until the score stood at 15-15. The Badgers took off on a 10-3 run to open up a 25-18 lead. Wisconsin then closed out the game 30-22 to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second stanza, Wisconsin connected as a blistering .593 clip after countering a quick 4-1 lead by the Hoosiers to square the game at 4-4. The Badgers never looked back as the game closed to the closest point with Wisconsin leading 18-14 before going on an 8-1 skein. The Badgers then wrapped up a 2-0 match lead with a 30-16 victory.
Indiana charged out of the locker room after intermission with a renewed determination as the Hoosiers captured a 30-28 win in the most competitive game of the evening. Notably, the frame featured 13 ties and six lead changes as the Hoosier cut the gap to 2-1.
Wisconsin, however, had other plans in the fourth frame as they never trailed or tied en route to a 30-15 victory.
Also of note, Indiana volleyball honored senior athletic trainer Laura Powell during her final match with the Hoosiers.
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