Oct. 3, 2012
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Indiana State - Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.
Illinois State - Saturday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
Central Arkansas - Monday, Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
Site: Hammons Student Center
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Live Audio: Bears All-Access
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Live Video: Bears All-Access
TV: Monday - MC22
Missouri State (9-8, 4-2 Missouri Valley Conference) returns to Hammons Student Center this week to begin a four-match homestand with Indiana State at 7 p.m. Friday. The Bears also take on Illinois State (Oct. 6, 7 p.m.), Central Arkansas (Oct. 8, 6 p.m.) and Wichita State (Oct. 12, 7 p.m.) while at home. Saturday's match with Illinois State will serve as the annual Dig Pink breast cancer awareness event. T-shirts and pink hair extensions will be sold with the proceeds benefitting Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.
Indiana State is 3-12 overall and 1-4 in conference play, with the league victory coming at home over Bradley. The Sycamores hit .196 as a team with averages of 11.6 kills, 1.3 aces, 13.1 digs and 1.7 blocks per set. Opponents hit .241 against ISU.
Illinois State is 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the conference, beating Evansville, Indiana State and Bradley. The Redbirds also have a signature win over Miami (Fla.), which has been ranked as high as 26th this season. The Redbirds hit .177 as a team and limit the opposition to a league-best .145 while averaging 12.6 kills, 1.3 aces, 16.4 digs and 2.7 blocks per set.
Central Arkansas is 16-1 overall and is 5-1 in the Southland Conference after being picked to win the league this season. The Sugar Bears have dropped just 11 sets all season and hold opponents to a mere .136 hitting percentage and 9.3 kills per set.
Missouri State leads the all-time series with Indiana State by a 51-1 margin, with the Bears' lone loss occurring in five sets in 1994. Since then, the Bears have reeled off 37 straight wins against the Sycamores.
Missouri State has squared off with Illinois State more than any other school, and holds a 45-40 series lead in 85 all-time meetings. Missouri State has been in control of the series lately, winning 21 of the last 26 overall.
Monday's match will be the first between UCA and the Bears in volleyball. Missouri State has played one Southland team this year, beating ORU in five sets at home on Aug. 30.
The Bears split road matches at UNI and Bradley last week. Friday, UNI hit .379, the highest for an MSU opponent in 2012, to earn a 25-19, 25-15, 25-15 win over the Bears.
Saturday at Bradley, Andrea Beaty had 12 kills on .476 hitting and Amber Doolittle recorded nine blocks in a 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 sweep of the Braves.