Eagles end 2017 with four-set loss to Rangers

University of Southern Indiana Volleyball ended the year with a four-set Great Lakes Valley Conference road loss to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Saturday afternoon.

Senior middle hitter Te’Ayla Whitfield (Fort Wayne, Indiana) had 13 kills, a .522 attacking percentage and three blocks to lead the Screaming Eagles, while sophomore middle hitter Elexis Coleman (Joliet, Illinois) contributed 12 kills and a .360 attacking percentage.

Freshman setter Casey Cepicky (St. Louis, Missouri) had 46 assists for the Eagles, who end the year with a 12-19 overall record and a 5-13 mark in GLVC play. Senior libero Shannon Farrell (Munster, Indiana) and sophomore defensive specialist Lizzy Gardner (Lafayette, Indiana) had 25 and 14 digs, respectively, to lead USI’s back row.

Saturday’s match was the final collegiate outing for Farrell, Whitfield, senior defensive specialist Jessica Lee (Mackinaw, Illinois) and senior outside hitter Shelbi Morris (Brazil, Indiana). Farrell completes her career as USI’s all-time digs leader (1,900), while Whitfield finishes her career tied for seventh all-time at USI with 254 block assists and ninth with 291 total blocks. Morris, who did not play in 2017 due to injury, finishes her career with 487 kills and 539 digs, while Lee completes her career with 748 digs.

Set 1 (UWP 25-20)
In a back-and-forth first set, UW-Parkside won the final six points to earn a five-point win and one-set lead in the match. The Eagles attacked at a blistering .407 pace in the first set, but the Rangers trumped USI with a .452 attacking percentage. Coleman was one of three USI players with three kills in the opening frame.

Set 2 (UWP 25-22)
The Rangers (13-17, 8-10 GLVC) won seven of the final eight rallies to overcome a 21-18 deficit and earn the three-point win in the second frame. USI hit just .093 in the second stanza, despite a five-kill, .714 attack percentage effort from Coleman.

Set 3 (USI 25-11)
USI used a 14-2 run and a .440 attacking percentage to rout the Rangers by 14 in the third set and cut UW-Parkside’s lead to a set. Jung had four kills and a .667 attacking percentage to lead the Eagles in the third set.

Set 4 (UWP 25-22)
The Eagles saw an early 12-9 lead dissipate as the Rangers used an 11-5 run to put USI in a three-point deficit it could not recover from. Whitfield racked up six kills and a .600 attacking percentage to lead the Eagles in the final set.

Short Box Score (Match)
Southern Indiana vs Wisconsin-Parkside (Nov 11, 2017 at Somers, WI)

Wisconsin-Parkside def. Southern Indiana 25-20,25-22,11-25,25-22

Southern Indiana (12-19, 5-13 GLVC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Whitfield, Te’Ayla 13-1-3; Coleman, Elexis 12-0-1; Jung, Amanda 9-0-2; Yochum, Alyssa 8-0-0; Stose, Lindsey 3-0-0; Cepicky, Casey 3-0-2; Gardner, Lizzy 2-0-0; Lee, Jessica 1-0-0; Farrell, Shannon 1-1-0; Humphrey, Mikaila 1-0-0; Totals 53-2-4.0. (Assists) – Cepicky, Casey 46. (Dig leaders) – Farrell, Shannon 25; Gardner, Lizzy 14; Cepicky, Casey 8

Wisconsin-Parkside (13-17, 8-10 GLVC) (Kills-aces-blocks) – Hedman, Rachel 15-0-0; Turek, Lexi 14-0-4; Calloway, Lexie 11-0-0; Fenske, Leah 7-3-3; Mavis, Elizabeth 3-0-1; Adams, Katie 3-0-2; Anders, Lyndsie 1-0-0; Leo, Annie 0-1-0; Totals 54-4-6.0. (Assists) – Adams, Katie 43. (Dig leaders) – Leo, Annie 21; Calloway, Lexie 14; Ysteboe, Maleia 9

Site: Somers, WI (DeSimone Gym)
Date: Nov 11, 2017   Attend: 152   Time: 1:51
Referees: Jim Momsen, Bill Petersen