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UNI volleyball defeats Missouri State, 3-2

This news story was published on February 15, 2021.
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CEDAR FALLS – The UNI volleyball team defeated the Bears of Missouri State 3-2 on Monday night, defeating the Missouri Valley foe with set scores of 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-27, 15-11.

Panthers trailed for the entirety of the opening set, falling 18-25. The Panthers then moved out to an early 10-5 lead to open the second set. Kaylee Donner recorded 3 straight aces to provide a mid-set boost. The spark moved the Panthers to a 25-17 set win.

UNI trailed 3-7 early in the set before tying the set 12-12. Tied late in the set Emily Holterhaus provided the final blow with a solo block for the 25-23 set victory. Again the Panthers led early in the fourth set before the Bears rallied back to tie 17-17 and again at 23-23. The Bears made the final push to take the set 27-25. In the 5th and final set the Bears led the Panthers 4-8 but the Panthers battled back to take the final points in a 15-11 victory.

The Panthers finished the night with 65 kills and a .245 team hitting percentage. UNI recorded 13 service aces and 13 total blocks. UNI finished with 57 total assists with Tayler Alden finishing with a team high 48. Alden also led the Panthers with 17 digs.

Kaylissa Arndorfer finished with 16 kills and a team high .407 hitting percentage. Inga Rotto tallied 11 kills with 5 block assists from the middle. Emily Holterhaus added 11 kills and 2 blocks while Carly Spies finished with 10 kills and 2 block assists.

The Panthers will be back in action on Sunday, February 21 when they travel to Carbondale Illinois to take on Southern Illinois. Sunday’s match is scheduled for a 1 pm match while Monday’s match will start at 3 pm.

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