The Illinois State volleyball team dropped a three-set Missouri Valley Conference match to Drake on Saturday night at Redbird Arena.

Fresh off upending No. 25 nationally-ranked Northern Iowa on Friday night, the Redbirds fell to 15-11 overall and 8-5 in conference play following a 25-20, 26-24, 25-19 setback. Drake improved to 21-6 overall and 10-3 in conference matches.

Jaelyn Keene had 12 kills for the Redbirds. Courtney Pence had 29 digs for ISU with Stef Jankiewicz adding 26 assists.

ISU bounced back from the first set loss to lead nearly the entire way in the second, at one point doubling up the Bulldogs at 14-7. The Redbirds reached set point at 24-23 before the Bulldogs closed the game with three straight points.

Drake then battled back from an early deficit in the third set to close strong and record the victory.

Cathryn Cheek had 12 kills and Kyla Inderski added 11. Paige Aspinwall dished out 21 assists and Inderski topped a quintet of Bulldogs with double-figure digs at 17.

ISU will attempt to return to the win column on Friday with an MVC match at Valparaiso.

Men run 3rd, women 6th: Kyle Mattes placed third in the Valley cross country championships at Springfield, Mo., clocking 24 minutes, 42 seconds on an 8,000-meter course to help ISU finish third with 88 points. 

Besides Mattes, only three others in ISU history (Tony Daniel, Chris Bailey, and Christian Goy) have received All-Valley honors during their freshman, sophomore and junior seasons.

Bradley and Indiana State both scored 49 points, but Bradley won based on its sixth runner. Bradley's Jake Hoffert won in 24:37. The Redbirds' Cody Baele was 17th (25:37).

For the women, ISU scored 136 points for sixth as Bradley won with 30. Pacing the Redbirds on the 5K course were Grace Beattie (18th, 18:05) and Erica Brown (26th, 18:12). Loyola's Lindsey Brewis won in 17:07.

Redbird swimmers split: The ISU swimming and diving team topped Illinois, 155-143, but lost to Southern Illinois 194-106 in a double-dual meet at Horton Pool. ISU's Jensen Kreck captured the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.49 and the 200 breaststroke in 2:21.91. Keck also was part of ISU's victorious 400-yard medley relay team.


Volleyball sweeps: The IWU volleyball team closed out Barker Chevrolet Classic III with straight set wins over Lincoln Christian and Central (Iowa) College at Shirk Center.

Tyler Brown had 13 kills in the Titans' 25-9, 25-13, 25-17 win over Lincoln Christian. Kira Jackson had 19 assists with Raina Emery contributing 13 digs.

Brown's 15 kills helped the No. 13 nationally ranked Titans (21-6) to a 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 win over Central. Caitlin Meyer added 20 assists and Kyleigh Block 19 digs.

Women's soccer prevails: Sydney Pinder and Jordan Ellerbrook scored unassisted second half goals to give the IWU women's soccer team a 2-0 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin win over North Central at Naperville.

The Titans (15-3, 7-1) outshot North Central 15-2. Goalkeeper Kelli McCarthy was credited with one save in the shutout.

Swimmers win Halloween Invite: Freshman Lucy Saucedo won a pair of individual events and was on three winning relay teams to lead the IWU women's swimming team to the team title in the IWU Halloween Invitational at Fort Natatorium. IWU scored 108 points to top Rose-Hulman (63), North Central (43) and Monmouth (9). IWU also won the men's title with 90 points, outpacing Monmouth (73) and North Central (46).

Women run 2nd, men 5th: The IWU women's cross country team finished second in the nine-team CCIW championships at Warrenville, scoring 59 points to trail only Wheaton (17). The Titan men scored 120 points for fifth.

The IWU women were led by Victoria Drake (4th, 22:39) and Monica Mocogni (8th, 22:49) onthe 6K course. Wheaton's Hannah Roeske won in 22:19.

For the men, North Central scored a perfect 15 points to win for the 44th straight year. Jared Borowsky led the way in 24:41 on the 8K course. The Titans were paced by Tanner Kuenneth (11th, 25:46) and Max Crowninshield (23rd, 26:30).


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