NORMAL – Following a win Friday night over Missouri State, the Illinois State volleyball team sought to pull off a weekend sweep Saturday night with a Missouri Valley Conference win over Wichita State.
The Redbirds fell short, suffering a 25-22, 25-13, 24-26, 25-15 loss at Redbird Arena.
Tabitha Visk led ISU with 13 kills, followed by Shannon McGlaughlin (12) and Mallory Leggett (11).
The trio couldn’t match the output of Wichita State’s Emily Adney, who had 23 kills, and Camri Zwiesler (14). The Shockers had a 60-50 advantage in kills and committed 14 fewer errors.
Bloomington High School graduate Kristin Stauter had 34 set-assists while Normal Community product Jenny Menendez had 18 digs to lead ISU (14-10, 4-7 MVC).
Wichita State (14-5, 8-3 MVC) ran out to a 6-0 lead in the first set on the strength of four kills. Three Shocker attack errors helped the Redbirds pull within a point, 12-11, but ISU then committed three attack errors to put the score at 16-12.
McGlaughlin went on a tear with four kills, but errors kept ISU from sustaining a long rally and Wichita State remained ahead, 19-17. Four kills brought Wichita State to set point, but the Redbirds stayed alive with two Visk kills and a Leggett ace, making the score 24-22.
ISU couldn’t complete the comeback, as Wichita won it with a kill, 25-22. Despite holding a 15-14 edge in kills in the set, ISU committed three more attack errors than Wichita.
Wichita State broke out to 5-1 and 13-4 leads in the second set. Wichita State didn’t have an error on its first 15 attacks of the set, recording 11 kills.
After ISU won the tight third set, a 5-1 run gave Wichita State a 6-2 lead in the fourth set. Two Redbird errors stretched the lead to 10-3.
Wichita State went on to win, aided by a 16-9 edge in kills in the fourth set.