Aces Volleyball Swept by #21 UNI

Aces Volleyball Swept by #21 UNI

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Facing a nationally-ranked UNI squad, the University of Evansville volleyball team put up a solid effort on Saturday at Meeks Family Fieldhouse, dropping a 3-0 decision.

Mildrelis Rodriguez led everyone with 12 kills and 47 attempts.  She also had 8 digs for the Purple Aces (6-12, 0-6 MVC).  Rachel Tam had six kills.  Cassie Brooks notched 16 digs on the night while Allana McInnis checked in with 23 helpers.

Piper Thomas and Karlie Taylor led the Panthers (16-4, 6-0 MVC) offense with 11 kills apiece while Heather Hook posted six kills and a game-high 34 assists.

UE held its ground in the first set.  After the Panthers scooted out to a 10-5 lead, the Aces fought back to make it an 11-8 game.  From there, UNI extended the advantage for a 25-16 win.

UNI started game two on a 5-2 stretch before Mildrelis Rodriguez ended the rally with a kill to bring the Aces back within two.  The Panthers overcame that and pulled away as the game continued, winning by a 25-13 final.

In the third set, UNI looked like it would pull away for an easy win, but Evansville had other ideas.  The Panthers jumped out to a 10-3 lead before Rodriguez helped UE make its way back.  A 5-0 run set the Aces forward before they tied it up at 11-11.

After the Panthers scored four in a row to jump back up by a 15-11 score, UE once again reeled off four straight to knot the score.  Despite the momentum gained by the Aces, UNI was able to hang on as they pulled back ahead for a 25-19 win to clinch the match in three sets.

On Monday, the Aces will wrap up the home stand with another 7 p.m. tilt against Bradley at Meeks Family Fieldhouse.

Courtesy:  UE Sports Information Dept.  Copyright 2017, WFIE, All rights reserved.