Oct. 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State used a season-best .404 team hitting percentage and a stifling defense to sweep Drake by set scores of 25-17, 25-9 and 25-19 Saturday at Hammons Student Center.
The Bears (14-9, 6-5 Missouri Valley Conference) and Bulldogs (2-21, 0-11) recorded identical totals for attack errors and total attempts, but Missouri State held a 52-23 lead in kills and a 63-35 advantage in total digs to hold the visitors to a .125 attack efficiency.
Senior Carly Thomas recorded a double-double in the first set with 16 assists and 12 digs as the Bears piled up 21 kills with three players recording at least five in the period. Karen Rivatto had three kills in a 6-0 run for a 9-3 lead and Amber Doolittle added a kill for a 12-5 advantage. Drake closed to four points on four occasions before Missouri State scored three kills to pull ahead 21-14.
The Bears dominated the second set with a .520 hitting percentage and five players notching multiple kills without an error in the period. Drake managed only six kills in the 25-9 loss.
Missouri State led 13-7 in the third set when Drake's 3-0 run pulled the visitors to 13-10. The Bulldogs aced the Bears for a 16-14 deficit, but Simone House contributed two kills in a 4-0 run that put MSU up 21-15 and gave the Bears all the cushion they needed for the sweep.
Doolittle finished the match with 11 kills on 14 attempts without an error to hit .786, while Rivatto (9), Kayla Walton (8), Olivia Brand (8) and House (7) added to a balanced offensive effort.
Thomas scooped a match-high 16 digs to go with 41 assists, with Ashley Mason (13) and Elise Munroe (10) joining her in double figures.
The Bears step out of MVC play Tuesday with a 6 p.m. home match against Southeast Missouri State.