SPRINGFIELD, MO (WFIE) - Senior Ashley Ring had a team-best eight kills as the University of Evansville volleyball team lost by a 3-0 score at Missouri State on Saturday evening. Ring also led the way defensively for UE (8-21, 4-13 MVC) with nine digs.
Cathy Schreiber posted three kills while hitting .286. Genesis Miranda had a team-best 13 assists as the Purple Aces were once again playing with just seven healthy players.
The Bears (18-10, 11-5 MVC) had a pair of players with double-digit kills as Olivia Brand (14) and Lily Johnson (11) accomplished the feat.
Kinsey McCarter led everyone with 40 assists while Maddy Hogan chipped in 16 digs.
MSU took a 3-1 lead in the first set before the Aces closed to 4-3 on a Meahgan Holmes kill. The Bears opened the advantage back up before making their move midway through the frame.
Up 12-7, MSU scored eight of the next 11 points en route to a 20-10 lead. A Tathianna Cordero kill ended the run before the Bears came back to earn a 25-11 win.
A 6-0 run to open the second frame helped Missouri State earn another 25-11 victory. Their lead quickly reached 12-3 before Schreiber posted a kill to end run.
A pair of Lily Johnson service aces helped MSU go up by 10 at 18-8 before Holmes served UE back into it as the Aces scored three in a row. After UE's run, the Bears finished with one of their own, scoring the final six to take another 25-11 triumph.
In the third frame, Evansville held strong in the early going, allowing the Bears to scoot out to just a 4-3 lead.
With the Aces down 8-4, a Stephanie Cerino kill helped the team rally back within two at 8-6. A pair of MSU errors helped UE get within a pair once again at 10-8, but that is where the Bears took over.
Nine points in a row with Johnson serving put the game out of reach as the Bears went up 19-8. They would cruise to a 25-13 win.
This Friday, the Purple Aces will honor two mainstays for the program as seniors Meaghan Holmes and Ashley Ring will wrap up their UE careers. Fans are invited to the 7 p.m. against Southern Illinois to honor the two who have given so much to the program.