UNI defeats UE volleyball, 3-0


Aces head to Drake tomorrow

 Rocio Fortuny had a stellar night, notching 12 kills, but a combined 23 kills from Bri Weber and Piper Thomas helped UNI defeat the University of Evansville volleyball team by a 3-0 final on Friday evening at the McLeod Center.

Fortuny led the Purple Aces (10-15, 4-9 MVC) with her 12 kills.  Cathy Schreiber finished with six.  Mildrelis Rodriguez paced the team with 11 digs while Allana McInnis notched 19 assists.  For the Panthers (22-6, 12-2 MVC), Weber posted 12 while Thomas had 11 kills to lead the offense.

The Panthers got off to a great start in game one, scoring the first five points of the night.  Evansville kept up with UNI, getting within four at 11-7, but the opposition was able to pull away for a 25-11 win to start the night.

UE did better in game two.  UNI had another nice start, going up 10-5 before leading by as many as seven points at 18-11.  The Aces responded with a 6-2 run to get within three at 20-17.  Taylor Jones did the serving while Rachel Tam, Adeline Payne and Cathy Schreiber each had kills in the run.  Evansville continued to close as another Schreiber tally made it a 24-23 game before Piper Thomas got the clinching kill in a 25-23 victory and a 2-0 lead.

Evansville was unable to sustain the momentum from the end of the second tilt as the Panthers scooted away in the third set for a 25-14 win.  UNI jumped out to an 18-4 lead and held on from there to take the win.