by Michael Hadley
The Women's Volleyball team pushed their record to 4-1 in their last five matches, defeating host Kent State as well as William and Mary at the Mizuno Open.
The Jaguars made quick work of the Kent State Golden Flashes, trumping the hosts 3-0 in the opening match of the tournament. Moriah Fair had 13 kills, while Bethany Fogler and Kalyse Reimbold each tallied ten. Alexis Meeks had 31 of the Jaguar's 36 total set assists, and Ellyn Jones lead the way with seven digs on defense. The Jaguars did not allow KSU to reach the twenty-point mark, winning 25-19, 25-17, and 25-19. It was IUPUI's third sweep of the year, and their third win as well. Kent State was dropped to 5-5.
The second match for IUPUI was much more competitive than the first. Each set was back and forth, but eventually the Jaguars would come out on top in their first 5-set match of the season. William and Mary picked up the first and third sets 25-22 and 25-23 respectively, but IUPUI had the winning edge in the end, taking the second, fourth, and tie-breaking fifth sets 25-17, 25-20, and 15-8. Reimbold had 17 kills in match two, Meeks set 45 points, and Shari Bernhardt tallied an impressive 28 digs.
The win pushed IUPUI to 4-6 heading into championship match against a Robert Morris on Saturday. It will be the Jaguar's second such match in two weeks, as they fell 3-1 to Eastern Michigan in the final of the Hampton Inn Invitational.
IUPUI 25-25-25 (3)
Kent State 19-17-19 (0)
IUPUI 23-25-22-25-15 (3)
W&M 25-17-25-20-8 (2)