Volleyball Wraps Up Spring Slate
April 15, 2014
VOLLEYBALL WRAPS UP SPRING SLATE
Bloomington, Ind. – The Indiana Volleyball team wrapped up its 10-match spring schedule last weekend as the team prepares its summer training for the 2014 season. Indiana participated in two tournaments and hosted a pair of five-set matches, totaling a record of 3-6-1.
"We learned a lot from playing so many matches this spring,” said head coach Sherry Dunbar. “We got our young players some significant match time that we can't replicate in practice to help better prepare them for our competitive fall schedule.
We also have a very clear vision of our weaknesses and the team knows what needs to be fixed before August. Individually, we have seen players improve in many areas, which is nice to see. They have worked very hard during the off season and in many ways it has paid off and will continue to pay off with more work over the next few months."
The Hoosiers kicked off its spring schedule at the KIVA/OVVC Spring Tournament in Louisville, Ky. on March 29. Indiana posted a 2-1-1 mark on the day in four best two-of-three matches. The Hoosiers opened the afternoon with a 2-1 loss to Austin Peay (16-25, 25-23, 12-15) followed by a 1-1 tie with Western Kentucky (25-17, 21-25). The Hoosiers bounced back to took their next two straight matches with wins over Lipscomb (2-0: 25-23, 25-23) and Illinois State (2-1: 25-20, 22-25, 17-15).
Amelia Anderson paced the Hoosiers’ attack with 27 total kills on the day, while Morgan Leach recorded 20 and Mariah Coleman added 10 with a .276 hitting percentage. On the defensive end, Kyndall Merritt and Courtney Harnish tallied 35 and 33 digs respectively, while Awele Nwaeze put up eight solo blocks for Indiana. The Hoosiers also produced from the service line, as Anderson registered seven total aces on the day.
The Hoosiers continued spring action on April 5 at the Circle City Indy Collegiate Invitational in Plainfield, Ind. where they competed in four two-set matches to 25. After dropping the first three matches (Kentucky 0-2: 18-25, 20-25; Illinois 0-2: 25-27, 17-25; Illinois State 0-2: 21-25, 27-29), the Hoosiers rebounded and ended the day on a positive note, takingdown IUPUI 2-0 (25-21, 26-24).
Leach and Anderson continued to produce on the attack,posting 23 and 22 kills, respectively. Allison Hammond also shined for the Hoosiers with 22 total terminations on the day. Merritt again paced the defense with a team-high 35 digs followed by Harnish’s 28 in four contests, while Nwaeze earned nine solo blocks. Anderson provided a team-best seven aces at the invite, while Megan Tallman recorded four that afternoon.
Indiana returned home for a traditional five-set match with Purdue on April 9, where the Hoosiers fell 4-1 (12-25, 19-25, 16-25, 25-27, 25-15). Nwaeze’s 13 kills led the Cream and Crimson as did her .429 hitting percentage. Taylor Lebo was affective with a .313 hitting percentage and added six kills and three aces for the Hoosiers. Indiana showcased a balanced defense with plenty of Hoosiers contributing with digs against the Boilermakers. Merrit led all IU players with 18, while Harnish added 13, Lebo with 12 and Tallman with 10.
The Hoosiers closed out their spring slate in an afternoon five-set exhibition with Louisville at the University Gym on April 12. IU battled in closely contested sets and jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Cardinals would end up clinching the final three to take the match, 3-2 (25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 8-15).
Anderson (20), Nwaeze (14) and Leach (10) provided double-digit kills while Coleman added a notable .500 hitting percentage. Merritt was impressive with an astounding 35 digs. Had the match been an official regular-season contest, her 35 digs would have been the most since1989 and would have tied the second-most by an IU player in program history (Nancy Mason vs. Iowa on Nov. 5, 1989).
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