NORMAL, low – After taking the first two sets (25-22, 25-23), Illinois State Volleyball (3-7, 0-0 MVC) fell the next three sets to fall 2-3 in North Texas. in the first game of the weekend at Redbird Classic.
The ‘Birds started strong to pick up the first two sets before dropping the last three hotly contested sets.
Offensively, the Redbirds had four players who reached double digits in mats and hit .335 as a team. Nicole Lund (19), Tamara Otene (18), Sarah Kushner (18) i Aliyah Moore (11) all recorded more than 10 murders to run the charge. Despite a solid day offensively, the Redbirds struggled to stop UNT in the final three sets. Rhett Robinson, who finished with the best run of 32 deaths (.438), led Mean Green in the win.
Inside the box score
- Nicole Lund finished with the best career of 19 deaths, with 0.514%.
- Katelyn Leffler got 61 assists in her career.
QUOTES FROM HEAD OF COACH LEAH JOHNSON
In the positive plugs of this match:
“Our offense is to click and we know it’s offensive that we can be a team that competes with anyone. Defensively, we have to be better at stopping our opponent, especially after 20. I think we’re better situationally. I will say the obvious: it’s hard to win when you lose a lot of services, especially when it comes to groups and you lose the flow, you lose momentum.They (in North Texas) were having a good time.I thought that Nic (Nicole Lund) had a night, 19 dead, hit .514, a mistake. That is more than 50% of the deaths, it’s phenomenal. “
Quickly resetting tonight’s game “
“Failure fuels fuels. That’s how it is restored. If we don’t wake up to do something better, I’m not sure what else will wake us up. It must be what drives us: we will have more failures. Believe me, we to have losses that we gained in past years. People just don’t know them because the notebook doesn’t show them. We know what they are. We can also lose successfully, but only if it feeds us. “
To the four players with double-digit sizes:
“It’s difficult, because we know we can put the ball aside. You want to change the script three years ago and the same team that won a championship in a year that started like this, we were upside down, we couldn’t buy a kill, but we could defend anyone “.
CITES OF SOPHOMORE MIDDLE BLOCKER, NICOLE LUND
About what worked well between her and Katelyn Lefler today:
“We have a great connection between us and we’ve been working hard on that in practice. I think trust is so important because even when it’s offline, I know it will define me when I need it. I think that’s the part. more important: that trust between us. “
Friday, September 17th
Illinois vs. Missouri, at 12 p.m.
Missouri vs. North Texas, 5 p.m.
Illinois State Vs. Illinois, 7 p.m.
Saturday 18 September
Illinois Vs. North Texas, 11 p.m.
Illinois State v. Missouri, 2 p.m.
The Redbirds will try to take advantage of the all-time series tonight (currently tied at 30-30) against their rival in the state, Illinois, tonight at 7 p.m. at Redbird Arena. The state of Illinois will pay tribute to Dr. Linda Herman, who served in the ISU Department of Athletics for 30 years, both as an administrator and as a coach, unveiling a banner at the Redbird Arena before the game.
Prior to Friday’s game against Illinois, Illinois state students can pick up the T-shirt gift at the table located at the north entrance of the Redbird Arena. ISU staff will begin handing out shirts at 5:45 p.m. with 250 shirts available.
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