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Eagles suffer pair of losses to end Dunn Hospitality Invitational


University of Southern Indiana Volleyball suffered a pair of setbacks on the final day of the Dunn Hospitality Invitational Saturday at the Physical Activities Center. The Screaming Eagles lost in four sets to Northwood University before suffering a three-set loss to the University of North Alabama.

Sophomore outside hitter Mikaila Humphrey (Floyd Knobs, Indiana) was named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 3.79 kills per set on the weekend.

The Eagles (2-6) return to action Thursday at 7 p.m. when they travel to St. Louis, Missouri, to take on Maryville University in their Great Lakes Valley Conference-opener.

Northwood def. Southern Indiana 25-19, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23

USI's rally from a two-set deficit was cut short as Northwood rallied from an early four-point deficit to earn a two-point, match-clinching win in the fourth frame.

After a slow start to the match, the Eagles exploded out of the gates in the third set, building a 10-3 lead early in the stanza.  Northwood (6-2) rallied to build a two-point lead midway through the set, but a 5-1 USI run to end the game gave the Eagles a three-point win and cut the Timberwolves lead in the match in half.

Sophomore outside hitters Lindsey Stose (Elkhart, Indiana) and Mikaila Humphrey (Floyd Knobs, Indiana) had five and four kills in the third set, respectively, while junior right side hitter Amanda Jung (Belleville, Illinois) tallied four of her 12 kills in the third stanza.

Earlier in the contest, Northwood used a 7-1 run to break an 18-18 tie and close the first stanza with a six-point win. Humphrey had six kills in the frame, but a .137 team attacking percentage hindered USI's chances. The Timberwolves hit .379 in the second set as they cruised to an eight-point victory and two-set lead in the match.

Humphrey paced the Eagles' attack with 19 kills to go along with a .298 attacking percentage, while Stose added 10 kills in three sets of action. Senior middle hitter Te'Ayla Whitfield (Fort Wayne, Indiana) chipped in eight kills and eight blocks, while junior setter Erika Peoples (Bloomington, Illinois) finished with 47 assists and 19 digs.

Senior libero Shannon Farrell (Munster, Indiana) led the Eagles' back row with 25 digs, while senior defensive specialist Jessica Lee (Mackinaw, Illinois) added 15 digs.

North Alabama def. Southern Indiana 26-24, 25-16, 25-17

After edging the Eagles in the opening frame, North Alabama scored 10 straight points to overcome a 14-13 deficit and hand USI a nine-point loss in set two.

The Lions (6-2) hit .364 in the third set as they used a 10-3 run to break a 12-12 stalemate en route to an eight-point, match-clinching win.

Whitfield had six kills and seven blocks to lead the Eagles, while Humphrey added a team-high seven kills. Lee and Farrell finished with 14 and 10 digs, respectively, to lead the Eagles' back row.

Dunn Hospitality Invitational All-Tournament Team

  • Jessica Austin (North Alabama)
  • Lexie Bradley (North Alabama)
  • Christina Ellwanger (North Alabama)
  • Ashtyn Kapovich (North Alabama)
  • Allison Getty (Northwood)
  • Hailey Jones (Northwood)
  • MacKenzie Kepler (Northwood)
  • Mikaila Humphrey (USI)

Courtesy: University of Southern Indiana

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