-- After splitting Saturday's first two sets with visiting Indiana State, the Missouri State volleyball team dominated the final two periods for a 3-1 win over the Sycamores at Hammons Student Center.
The Bears, who improved to 15-12 overall and 8-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play with their fourth straight victory, won by set scores of 25-22, 24-26, 25-14, 25-14. ISU fell to 9-18 and 2-13 in MVC play.
After allowing the Sycamores to hit .313 in sets one and two, the Bears locked down defensively to hold ISU to 15 kills against 12 errors (.039 hitting) in the third and fourth sets, ending the night with 85 teams digs and five players in double figures.
Senior Emily Butters
led the way with 25 digs - her 49th career match with 20 or more - while Leah Vokolek
(15), Gerri Idos
(13), Amelia Flynn
(11) and Chloe Rear
(10) also reached double figures.
Flynn added a match-high 21 kills - her third match of 20-plus this year - and Rear assisted on 56 of MSU's 66 kills, a career high for her. Laynie Dake
and Cambree Villarreal
had 12 kills each, and the Bears hit .254 overall compared to .178 for the Sycamores with a 66-47 lead in total kills.
There were a combined 21 ties and 11 lead changes over the first two sets, with the Bears taking over the first with a 5-0 run for a 16-13 lead. ISU cut the gap to one point on three occasions, and each was met with an MSU kill. Idos served one of her three aces for 23-20, and the teams sided out to the final score.
The Bears fell behind 7-2 in a back-and forth second set, retook the lead several times, and trailed 23-20 before a 4-0 rally to earn set point at 24-23. Indiana State answered by scoring three straight for the narrow win and 1-1 match score.
Missouri State heads to Iowa for its final road trip of the season next week, visiting UNI at 7 p.m. Friday and Drake at 7 p.m. Saturday.