Eagles win USI Invitational with three-set sweep of Wayne State


EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Volleyball hit a blistering .394 en route to a 25-12, 25-23, 25-14 Midwest Region win over visiting Wayne State University to close out the USI Invitational with a perfect 4-0 mark on the weekend at Screaming Eagles Arena Saturday afternoon.

Sophomore outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) had a match-high 14 kills to go along with a .448 attacking percentage and eight digs to lead the Screaming Eagles, while junior middle hitter Taylor Litteken (Foristell, Missouri) finished with 10 kills, two blocks and an eye-popping .750 attacking percentage. Senior setter Casey Cepicky (St. Louis, Missouri) had a match-high 36 assists as she helped four different hitters post attacking percentages of .448 or better.

USI (6-2), which has won six straight matches, held the Warriors (6-2) to a .144 attacking percentage, including a negative .029 clip in the opening set. Senior libero Callie Gubera(Thorntown, Indiana) helped the Eagles’ defensive cause with a match-high 10 digs.

Litteken had five kills and a .667 attacking percentage to lead the Eagles in the opening set. USI hit .481 in the first frame as it cruised to the 13-point victory.

In the second frame, USI fought off a late Wayne State rally to pull out the two-point victory. Anderson racked up seven of her 14 kills in a hard-hitting second set that saw USI hit .316 and Wayne State hit .297.

Four different players had multiple kills for USI in the third set as USI hit .414 to close out the match with an 11-point victory.

The Eagles return to action Thursday at 7 p.m. when they host Maryville University at Screaming Eagles Arena to begin Great Lakes Valley Conference play.