Oct. 25, 2014
-- The Missouri State volleyball team won its sixth match in a row Saturday with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-17 victory over Loyola in Missouri Valley Conference action at Hammons Student Center.
Freshman Lily Johnson
slammed 21 kills, the most for a Bear in a three-set match since 2007, and Kinsey McCarter
threatened a triple-double with eight kills, 34 assists and 10 digs as MSU improved to 16-7 overall and 9-2 in league matches. Loyola dropped to 7-13 and 3-8 in MVC play.
The Bears hit .366 in the match with 52 kills compared to .126 and 28 kills for the visitors, while Johnson's fifth 20-kill match of the season propelled her past LUC's Morgan Reardon for the MVC lead in kills at 4.10 per set on the year. The rookie also moved within 24 kills of the MSU freshman record.
Missouri State piled up 19 kills and hit .484 in the first set, grabbing a 14-11 lead on Johnson's seventh kill of the period. The Ramblers stayed close until McCarter and Andrea Beaty
teamed up for a block and a 21-14 advantage. Lynsey Wright
's ace finished off a 4-0 run for an 11-5 lead in the second set, and the Bears continued to pull away from there. A kill from Johnson made it 16-8 and another from McCarter put the Bears up 20-10 as MSU finished with another 19 kills on .361 hitting.
Johnson fired three kills during a 5-0 run for a 9-3 lead early in the third set, and added two more during a 4-0 spurt for a 19-14 advantage after LUC closed to 15-14. The Ramblers never got closer than four points after that as the Bears completed the sweep.
McCarter's eight kills represented a career high for a three-set match, and Beaty hit .500 with seven kills and one error on 12 attempts. Olivia Brand
added six kills to end the night with 998 in her career. Maddy Hogan
had a match-high 12 digs as the Bears led 44-31 in that category.
Missouri State opens a three-match road trip Friday with a 7 p.m. match at UNI.