Line, Leonard pace
ISU volleyball to win
Ali Line and Normal Community High School graduate Machayla Leonard had nine kills each Friday night to lead Illinois State's volleyball team past Saint Louis, 25-23, 25-19, 25-17 in the first round of the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic at St. Louis.
Lexi Wallen added eight kills, while Jaelyn Keene had five kills and seven blocks for the Redbirds (2-2). Stef Jankiewicz had a team-high 24 assists and Courtney Pence led in digs with 15.
“I loved the team’s desire to trust and stick to the game plan,” said ISU coach Leah Johnson. “SLU managed the first set well, so it would have been easy to lose trust in it, but we didn’t and it paid off as we took control of sets two and three.”
ISU faces Kennesaw State at 10 a.m. and UC Irvine at 4:30 p.m. in tournament play Saturday.
Duquesne edges soccer: Duquesne's Linnea Faccenda scored the only goal as the Dukes edged Illinois State, 1-0, in women's soccer action at Pittsburgh.
Faccenda's first-half goal came on an assist from Katie O'Connor. ISU (1-3-1) had 10 shots on goal to seven for the Dukes. Redbird goalkeeper Haley Smith made six saves, while Duquesne's Kyra Murphy had 10.
Women's soccer nets win: Cameron Hindel had two goals to lead the Illinois Wesleyan women's soccer team to a season-opening 3-2 win over Luther at IWU's Neis Field.
Megan O'Neal added the Titans' other goal, while assists went to Rachel Westerkamp and Sydney Pinder. IWU goalie Kelli McCarthy made six saves.
The Titans outshot the Norse, 21-9, and had 14 shots on goal compared to eight.
Volleyball suffers loss: No. 11-ranked Wittenberg downed Illinois Wesleyan's volleyball team, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22, 25-18 in the season-opening Wittenberg Fall Classic at Springfield, Ohio.
IWU was led by Tyler Brown and Rachel Burkman with nine kills each. Kyleigh Block added eight.
Kira Jackson and Caitlin Meyer had 17 assists each for the Titans, while Jessica McCall led in digs with 18.
"We had great energy and fight against a very big blocking team," IWU coach Kim Nelson-Brown said. "I felt we were in control for a good portion of the sets but just struggled in the middle part of the set to maintain the lead. There was a lot of positives tonight so we have a solid base to build on moving forward."
Men's soccer falls: The Illinois Wesleyan men's soccer team fell 2-0 to Rochester in the season opener at Rochester, N.Y. Each team had three shots on goal in the second game of the Flower City Classic.
IWU was led in shots by freshman Keagan James, who had two shots on goal. Rochester's Geoffrey Rouin scored in the 33rd minute and Alex DiPerna added a goal early in the second half.