TERRE HAUTE, Ind.—The Indiana State volleyball team (3-14, 1-6 MVC) is set to host their only home games for the month of October this weekend when they face the Bulldogs of Drake (2-15, 1-6 MVC) and the Bluejays of Creighton (15-3, 6-1 MVC). The Bluejays enter the weekend sitting atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings with a 6-1 record in Valley play while the Sycamores and Bulldogs sit in a tie for 8th place with a 1-6 MVC record. Creighton enters the weekend riding a three-game win streak while the Bulldogs and the Sycamores, led by seniors Shea Doran and Christie Fullenkamp, look to return Indiana State to their winning ways. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m. inside the ISU Arena on the campus of Indiana State University. On Friday, all fans are asked to wear pink in support of cancer awareness. Live stats along with full recaps and box scores will be available online at GoSycamores.com.
Last Time Out
The Sycamores last saw the court on Saturday, Oct. 6 when they fell 3-0 to the Shockers of Wichita State. The Sycamores also were in action on Friday, Oct. 5. when they fell 3-2 to the Bears of Missouri State. Senior Christie Fullenkamp led the team on the weekend with 39 kills and 4.88 kills per set.
A Little History — Drake
The Sycamores and Bulldogs have previously met 50 times with the Bulldogs holding the slight series advantage at 27-23. The two teams last met in a pair of games last season with both teams winning their home contest 3-1. The first meeting between the teams was during the 1982 season when the Bulldogs defeated the Sycamores 3-0.
Scouting The Bulldogs
The Bulldogs enter the contest with a 2-15 overall record and are tied with the Sycamores in MVC play at 1-6. So far this season the Bulldogs have been led offensively by Bentley Mancini who has 155 kills. Defensively Sarah Madden leads the team with 307 digs and Halli Meyer leads the team in assists with 323.
A Little History — Creighton
The Sycamores and Bluejays have previously met 37 times with the Bluejays holding a 28-9 all-time series advantage. The two teams met two times last season with the Bluejays defeating the Sycamores both times, 3-0. The first meeting between the two teams was during the 1994 season with the Sycamores won a pair of games 3-1.
Scouting The Bluejays
The Bluejays enter the match with a 15-3 overall record and sit atop the MVC standings with a 6-1 record in Valley play. So far this season the Bluejays have been led offensively by Leah McNary with 99 kills while Kate Elman leads defensively with 321 digs. Megan Bober also has 649 assists for the Bluejays and averages 9.45 assists per set.
Moving On Up
Senior Shea Doran continues to lead the Sycamores on the offensive end with 258 kills and 3.74 kills per set, both ranking her in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference. Her 3.74 kills per set also put her in 10th place in the Indiana State individual season record book. Doran also has a career attack percentage of .250 which ranks her fourth all-time at Indiana State.
The Sycamores have gotten production from many different players so far this season and 17 matches into the season ISU has had five different players record double doubles. Senior Shea Doran lead the team with six while senior Christie Fullenkamp, juniors Loni Mackinson and Molly Murphy and freshman Erika Nord have also achieved the feat.
A balanced offense has been the name of the game for the Sycamores in the 2012 season with six different players recording double digit kills in a single match. Seniors Shea Doran and Christie Fullenkamp along with junior Molly Murphy, sophomore Kyla Thomas and freshmen Cassandra Willis and Victoria Swigart have all reached the double figure mark during a match for the Sycamores this season.
Doran Is All-Tournament
Indiana State senior middle blocker Shea Doran has been outstanding for the Sycamores to start the 2012 season. Doran was named to the All-Tournament teams in each of the three tournaments the Sycamores have played in this season (Depaul, Jessica Barkman Classic, and Miami). Doran also leads the team in kills (148) and blocks (40).
Making An Immediate Impact
Freshman Ashlen Buck has led the team on the defensive end to start the 2012 season. Buck recorded match highs in digs in each of the Sycamores first three matches of the season. Against host DePaul, Buck recorded an early career high with 25 digs and no return errors.
What’s Yet To Come
Following this weekend’s matches, the Indiana State volleyball team will hit the road for the remainder of the month. The Sycamores will first make stops in Cedar Falls, Iowa to face UNI and Peoria, Ill. to face Bradley on Oct. 19-20 before traveling to Normal, Ill. on Oct. 26 to face Illinois State.