Iowa State Edges Volleyball In Opening Round of NIVC, 3-0

first_imgStory Links Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster center_img The Drake University volleyball team’s postseason experience came to an end with a 3-0 loss at Iowa State in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Tournament evening Thursday, Nov. 29, evening.Iowa State outlasted Drake by set scores of 25-16, 27-25, 25-22.”Overall, I’m really proud of our players and the way they fought and battled tonight,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “Iowa State edged us out, but I’m happy with how we played tonight.”The Bulldogs finish their 2018 campaign with a record of 21-15 while Iowa State (17-13) advances to face Bradley in the second round of the NIVC Friday.In her final game as a Bulldog, four-year senior standout Grace Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.) led the Bulldogs with 12 kills on 24 attempts. Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) finished her career as a Bulldog with nine kills to give her 426 this season and move her into sixth in the Drake record book in single season kills. “Our seniors, Cathryn, Grace and Sara Jensen, have been a huge part of our program, they’ve seen the evolution and have contributed to that process in significant ways,” McBroom said. “Cathryn and Grace have been our two big guns all season and we would not be where were are at without them.”Despite those two strong efforts, Drake could not find an answer for Iowa State’s Jess Schaben who recorded 18 kills as the Cyclones’ hit .327 on the evening.Iowa State jumped out to a 9-4 lead to open the match and a 6-2 run extended that advantage to 16-9 midway through the set. The Bulldogs somewhat regrouped and kept pace with the Cyclones for the remainder of the set, but could not cut into the lead as Iowa State hit .367 to take the set, 25-16. Schaben powered the Cyclones early with eight kills on nine attempts in the first set.Drake built off the momentum it closed the first set with in taking an 8-2 lead to start the second set with Elle Tubbs (Clinton, Iowa) serving up two aces to keep ISU on its heels. The Bulldogs fought to maintain that lead while Iowa State’s attack slowly started to erode the advantage. Iowa State eventually tied the set at 18-18 with a 6-2 run and took its first lead of the set at 21-20. However, that was as big as ISU lead would get until set point when a Bulldog miscue gave ISU a two-point lead to take the set, 27-25. Schofield tried to propel Drake in the set with six kills on 13 attempts before ISU prevailed. ISU hit .433 inthe first two sets and Drake could not slow that attack to open the third set with ISU rolling out to a quick 5-0 lead. The Bulldogs drew within two points, 17-15, later in the set and finally rallied to tied the match at 18-18. Tubbs’ serving was the catalyst to give the Bulldogs renewed life. However, ISU was able to sideout and outscore Drake, 7-4, to close the set for the 25-22 win to take the match, 3-0, and advance to the second round of the NIVC. The Bulldogs closed their season with the program’s second-straight 20-win season to mark the first time in eight seasons the program has earned consecutive 20 win seasons. The Bulldogs are slated to return all but two starters for the 2019 season. “Every year we’re trying to move the program forward and getting to this postseason tournament was a huge step. That and the win in the conference tournament were two great steps forward for our program.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more