Volleyball Comes Up Short Against UNI, 3-0

first_img at Loyola 10/14/2016 – 7:00 PM Story Links Preview Print Friendly Version Box Score (HTML) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team turned in a solid performance, but it was not enough to slow down visiting UNI in a 3-0 loss Saturday evening at the Knapp Center.Drake (11-9, 2-4 MVC) was led by Kyla Inderski’s (Urbandale, Iowa) eight kills, but as a team could not produce enough at the net to slow down three Panthers in double-figure kills.”Against some of the top teams in the conference, we are not putting up the amount of offense our opponents are. So we have to make sure our efficiency is high. Tonight we did a nice job of keeping their efficiency low, but then we hit .119 and that’s not going to get it done. We need to pick up our offense and take advantage of situations like tonight.”UNI (13-7, 4-3 MVC) got 16 kills from Bri Weber while Kayla Haneline and Piper Thomas each added 10 behind 38 sets from Heather Hook.The Panthers took the match by set scores of 27-25, 25-22, 25-22.”There’s definitely some mixed emotions tonight,” McBroom added. “We do want to celebrate the progress our program has made in that we’re able to challenge the top teams in the conference. We’re closing that gap, but being so close and not pulling off a win or a set is disheartening.”The lead swapped hands four times in the opening set with Drake giving UNI all they could handle in part due to Michelle Thommi’s (Omaha, Neb.) 10 digs in the set. Drake used a pair of early 4-0 runs to take an 11-5 lead and later led, 19-15. However, UNI countered with a 4-0 run of its own to tie the match and eventually take the lead at 21-20. The squads swapped points the remainder of the set until a Haneline kill gave UNI the 27-25 win.Drake fell behind early in the second set, but rallied to tie the set at 9-9 before UNI reclaimed a lead that it would not surrender. Drake fell behind by five points, 23-18, but back-to-back kills from Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) and Inderski, followed by a UNI error, pulled Drake within two points, 23-21, and forced UNI to take a timeout. Out of the timeout, a pair of UNI kills bookended another kill from Pope to give UNI a 25-22 win. Pope recorded three in the set on a night where she had seven kills and hit .462 with three blocks.”Kameo has done so many things well,” McBroom said. “She has played well offensively, has a strong jump-float serve and can hold her own on the back row. She has a calm, focused demeanor on the court that has been a positive for our team.In the final set, neither team led by more than two points until UNI took a late 22-20 lead. Inderski quickly notched two kills in the next three points to try to put the Bulldogs on top, but another Haneline kill followed by a Drake error gave the Panthers the 25-22 win and a 3-0 sweep of the Bulldogs.Saturday’s game completes a grueling four-game homestand for the Bulldogs in which they played four of the top teams in the Missouri Valley conference and recorded a win against Illinois State. Of the Bulldogs’ first six MVC opponents, five of them are currently ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA RPI.The Bulldogs return to the road for their next contests with a Friday evening match at Loyola on Oct. 14 followed by an Oct. 15 match at Bradley. Live Statscenter_img Watch Live The Valley on ESPN3 Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Next Game:last_img read more