ISU sports roundup: Soccer team wins Valley semifinal

ISU sports roundup: Soccer team wins Valley semifinal

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Summaries from Friday, Nov. 8, 2013:

SOCCER

Second-half flurry sends ISU to final: A second-half outburst moved the top-seeded Illinois State soccer team one step closer to its third straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title with a 3-1 semifinal win over No. 5 seed and tournament host Evansville at Black Beauty Field.

Trailing 1-0 at intermission, the Redbirds (13-6-0) rattled off three goals in an 11-minute span early in the second half to pull away from the Purple Aces (9-6-4).

Rachel Tejada’s header off a cross from Dagny Olson pulled ISU even at the 47:40 mark before Hannah Leinert scored twice in six minutes to give the Redbirds some breathing room. Rhianna Krutz assisted on Leinert’s first goal, while Tejada and Kyla Cross picked up helpers on her second.

ISU outshot Evansville, 24-17, and had a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Redbird goalkeeper Aryn Newsom was credited with seven saves.

Illinois State meets No. 2 seed Indiana State at 1 p.m. Sunday for the championship.

VOLLEYBALL

Redbirds stumble: The ISU volleyball team  fell in straight sets to conference foe Missouri State, 26-24, 25-21, 25-20, at Springfield, Mo.

The Redbirds (16-9, 9-4 MVC) were led by Ashley Rosch with 15 kills, Emily Orrick with 15 assists and Kaitlyn Early with 35 assists.

Missouri State (18-9, 9-5) got 41 assists and 11 digs from Carly Thomas while Karen Rivatto notched 12 kills.

TENNIS

Eisner, Wilson win in Valley: Jakub Eisner and Jacob Wilson advanced to the singles quarterfinals as the Illinois State men’s tennis team finished day one of the Missouri Valley Individual Championships at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Eisner, the No. 8 seed, defeated Filip Aleksic of Southern Illinois, 6-4, 6-2, and Michael Kianicka, 6-4, 6-3. Wilson won against Euan McIntosh of Drake, 6-4, 7-6 (3), and Tomislav Gregurovic of Wichita State, 6-4, 7-6 (2).

Eisner and Wilson could face each in the semifinals if victorious today.

Doubles play begins today as Rodrigo Oliveira teams with Muddappa Appanervanda, Wilson pairs with Dylan Steffens while Rolando Torrellas and Eisner make up the third pairing.

SWIMMING

Redbirds cruise: ISU’s swimming and diving team got two individual wins each from Marissa Yontz, Courtney Taylor, Lexi Nash and Wenting Zhang in a 180-110 dual meet victory over Evansville at Horton Pool.

The Horton Pool 200-yard medley relay record also was broken by Sammy Schuckles, Taylor, Nash and Katherine Nelson with a time of 1:47.0.

Yontz won the 200 freestyle (1:54.04) and 100 freestyle (52.63), Taylor took the 100 breaststroke (1:06.61) and 200 breaststroke (2:23.16), Nash captured the 200 butterfly (2:10.71) and 100 butterfly (57.47), and Zhang won the 1-meter diving (319.20) and 3-meter diving (333.30).

Other individual winners for ISU were Cecilia Holmes in the 1,000 freestyle (10:24.60), Rachel Root in the 200 backstroke (2:06.45) and Valerie Jones in the 500 freestyle (5:06.52).

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