Rallies For 22-30, 32-30, 31-29, 34-32 Win Over Illinois State
DeKalb, IL -
One quick glance at the scoresheet, and it would appear that the
Illinois State University Redbirds held the edge over Northern Illinois
University in their non-conference volleyball matchup on Tuesday
held statistical edges over NIU in kills, assists, digs and blocks
you can't measure fight.
NIU staved off
two game-point serves, including a rally from 29-24 in the fourth
game, to earn the 22-30, 32-30, 31-29, 34-32 win over the Redbirds
at Victor E. Court on Tuesday night.
a very tough match, because it's a rivalry match, and in the same
sense, both of our teams know that we're fighting hard for our conference
success," NIU Head Coach Ray Gooden said. "We need
this match, because there's a lot of area kids that play, it's two
really good schools and you know its going to be a battle.
good for us to step up and seize a victory."
With the victory,
NIU improves to 12-13 overall, while the visiting Redbirds fall
to 13-8 on the campaign.
NIU senior middle
blocker Corinne Walsh (Evergreen Park) recorded a match-high,
19 kills, followed by 18 kills from fellow middle blocker Kate
McCullagh (Woodstock). Huskie setter Jenny Dziubla (Elgin/St.
Edward) earned bragging rights over her sister, ISU middle blocker
Kristin Dziubla (14 kills), as the freshman notched 49 assists along
with seven digs, five kills and three block assists.
found themselves behind the eight-ball in game three, facing game
point at 29-28, following a Jenny Dziubla ball handling error. NIU,
however, squashed that lead and earned the 31-29 win behind kills
from Amy Ward (Sycamore), McCullagh and block assists from
McCullagh and Walsh.
to be the catalyst for NIU in the final game, as the Evergreen Park,
IL native collected 10 of her 19 kills in the match-clincher to
help the Huskies rally from a 29-24 deficit for the 34-32 win.
knows she's capable, we all know she's capable," Gooden said.
"We just have to put her in the right spot so she can do that,
and when she does, she's going to be successful."
Knowles topped the Redbirds with a double-double of 19 kills and
15 digs, followed by 11 kills from Manoela DaCunha. Redbird setter
Erin Lindsey added a double-double of 64 assists and 13 digs.
will be back in action on Friday evening, traveling to Indiana to
square off with Ball State for a Mid-American Conference showdown
beginning at 6 p.m. (CST).
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