WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Ball State knocks off Iowa to finish first day
The Daily News
Just hours after winning its first match of the afternoon, Ball State beat Iowa 25-14, 23-25, 25-20 and 25-17 to finish the day 2-0.
Ball State started off the match by playing its most complete set. After Ball State jumped out to a 4-3 lead, Iowa committed four straight errors to give Ball State a five-point advantage.
The Cardinals extended the lead to 15-8 off a kill from Hayley Benson, and went on to win the match with Mackenzie Kitchel getting the final spike.
Benson finished the match with 10 kills, while Kitchel added seven.
Iowa took a 12-2 lead to open the second set, capped off by a block from Alex Lovell and Emily Yanny. Ball State fought back, going on a 19-9 run to tie the game at 21, but it wasn’t enough as Iowa took the win off a service error from Nikki Box.
Head coach Steve Shondell’s Cardinals jumped back in the third set. Though Ball State took an 8-5 lead off kills from Kitchel and Alex Fuelling, Iowa roared back and took a 15-10 lead that forced Shondell to use a timeout.
Ball State regrouped and scored five straight points to tie the game and went on to win off an attack error from Iowa’s Alessandra Dietz.
With a win in mind, Ball State started the fourth set by jumping out to an 8-3 lead off a Mindy Marx kill. The closest Iowa came was four points, when Ball State held a 14-10 lead, but soon extended the lead. Ahead 24-17, a kill from Fuelling finished the match.
Ball State improved to 6-3, and will play again on Saturday against Drake at 11 a.m.