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Sycamore Volleyball Battles Bears Through Five Sets Before Falling 3-2
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Sophomore outside hitter Victoria Swigart had a career high 18 kills and senior outside hitter Morgan Dall also had 18 but it was not enough as the  Sycamore volleyball team dropped a five set game to the Missouri State Bears for the third time in their last four meetings.


The Bears won 3-2 (25-17, 12-25, 15-25, 25-15, 15-11) as they defeated the Sycamores for the second time this season in a five set game. The two teams also went five sets last year at Missouri State.


Swigart had 18 kills in 41 attempts (both career game highs) with just three errors for a .366 attack percentage while also scoring on a pair of service aces and four blocks. The sophomore also had two set assists and nine digs. Dall, who missed the final two sets at Wichita State Friday, was able to play all five sets Saturday as she connected for 18 kills and picking up six digs.


Senior setter Loni Mackinson had 48 set assists on the night while senior libero Molly Murphy had 19 digs and sophomore middle blocker Cassandra Willis six blocks including two solo blocks.


Indiana State had the early advantage in the opening set but the Bears rallied from a 13-10 deficit with eight straight points to take control and post a 25-17 set win. The second set remained close early with the scored tied at five before the Sycamores took the lead for good off two service aces by sophomore Taylor Reckards and a kill by Dall. Indiana State kept the pressure on and took the second set 25-12.


The momentum of the third set swung both ways early on with Indiana State building a 9-6 lead early on but then the Bears rallied to go up 13-10. Swigart opened a five-point Sycamore run, which included a service ace from freshman Shannon Murphy and a pair of blocks from Swigart and Kyla Thomas, that put Indiana State on top for good at 15-13. The Bears stayed close and whittled the lead down to one at 21-20 but the Sycamores scored the final four points on two Swigart kills, and one each from Thomas and Dall to take the set 25-20.


The Sycamores found themselves in a 5-0 hole early in the fourth set and never could climb out. The Bears kept the momentum and claimed a 25-15 set victory to send the game into a fifth set.


Indiana State took a 2-0 lead in the fifth set as Swigart scored on a kill and then added a block assist with Thomas. The Sycamores were able to keep the advantage despite Missouri State tying the set several times with the Bears gaining the lead at 9-8 ahead of an Indiana State time out. The Bears would not relinquish the advantage the rest of the way as they held on to take the set 15-11.


Indiana State fell to 11-15 overall and 4-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference with the setback. The Sycamores will play on the home court for the final time in the 2013 season next weekend as they entertain Drake on Friday and Northern Iowa on Saturday for “Senior Night”. First serve on both nights is 7 p.m. (ET).  Missouri State improved to 19-9 overall and 10-5 in the Valley.


Despite the loss, the Sycamores are still in the chase for the MVC post season after Loyola defeated Bradley 3-1 Saturday. Both the Ramlbers and Braves are 6-8 in league play, just two games ahead of Indiana State with four to play.

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