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WVB Ends Hampton Inn Invitational With Sweep Of IUPUI

Courtesy: Ball State Athletics
Release: September 01, 2012
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   INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - - The Ball State (4-3) women's volleyball team rebounded from its early morning loss to post a dominating 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-21) sweep of tournament host IUPUI (5-2) to end play at the 2012 IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational Saturday evening at The Jungle.

   "The team was really disappointed with the way we played in the morning match," said Ball State head coach Steve Shondell. "Great teams, when they get knocked down, respond and get back up. That is what we were able to do tonight against an IUPUI squad which has really had a great early season run, including a win over the same North Texas squad which gave us a wakeup call this morning. We came out and played our best match of the year tonight."

   For their efforts in the two-day Hampton Inn Invitational, senior transfer middle hitter Lisa Scott (McLean, Va./Langley) and junior outside hitter Kylee Baker (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) were named to the All-Tournament Team. The pair helped guide BSU to a 2-1 record in the event and a second-place finish behind North Texas (2-1) who won the tiebreaker.

   In tonight's nightcap, Baker turned in one of the best matches in her three-year career, blasting 13 kills and hitting for a .500 (13-1-24) rate of success. She also finished the contest with 12 digs for her 17th career kill/dig double-double and added an ace.

   Scott blasted nine more kill from the middle Saturday evening, tying her BSU career-high set versus North Texas this morning. She also turned in another solid performance at the net, racking up three blocks.

   Senior outside hitter Kara Bates (Bradley, Ill./ Bradley Bourbonnais Community/Maryland) led all players with 14 kills, while hitting .297 (14-3-37) and adding eight digs.

   Junior setter Jacqui Seidel (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) run the Ball State offense to a season-best .297 (50-12-128) hitting mark, dishing out 41 assists over the three sets. She also added seven digs and served up a pair of aces, while also smashing two kills.

   In the backcourt, junior libero Catie Fredrich (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) paced all players with 21 digs.

   Kaitlyn Hickey led IUPUI with 11 kills in the contest, while Moriah Fair and Beth Howard tied for team-high honors with 12 digs.

   Overall, the Ball State defense limited the Jaguars attack to a .154 (37-17-130) hitting mark for the match and held a 62-57 edge in digs. The Cardinals also held a 4-3 lead in aces, while both teams collected three blocks.

   After falling behind 3-1 in the opening set, the Cardinals rallied behind a pair of Bates kills to take a 7-3 lead and force an IUPUI timeout. Ball State extended its lead to 10-3 with the next three points, capped by Scott's second blast in the run. BSU controlled play from there, reaching set point at 24-16 on Bates' fifth blast of the frame. Following a three-point run from the host Jaguars, junior opposite attacker Lauren Grant (Eagan, Minn./Eastview/Cincinnati) smashed a set-ending kill at 25-19.

   The Cardinals kept their feet on the gas to open the second stanza, scoring the first three points and forcing an IUPUI timeout at 9-3 following a Grant kill. A pair of kills each from Baker and junior middle hitter Mindy Marx (Grand Haven, Mich./Grand Haven) helped BSU push the lead 10 at 19-9. Three more Baker kills, including a game-ending blast, helped the Cardinals win the set 25-16 and take a 2-0 advantage.

   While Baker got the third set rolling with an ace, the Cardinals found themselves in an early 6-3 hole thanks in part to three kills from IUPUI's Kelsey Hoefer. The Jaguars maintained the three-point lead at 13-10, before a block assist and kill from Scott helped BSU score the next four points and take a 14-13 advantage.

   A Baker kill extended the BSU lead to two, at 15-13, only to have the hosts tie the score with the next two points. Two more Scott kills, as well as a Baker marker, shifted the momentum back to the Ball State side of the court and caused an IUPUI timeout at 19-15. The hosts would battle back within one, at 22-21, but the Cardinals scored the final three points, capping the victory with a Baker blast.

   The Ball State women's volleyball team returns to action Friday, when it opens play in the Hampton Inn & Suites Northern Colorado Classic with a 6:30 p.m. (ET) / 4:30 p.m. (MT) first serve versus Creighton.

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