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08/29/2022

Indiana volleyball shows maturity, goes 2-1 in season-opening Indiana Invitational

Hoosier setter Camryn Haworth stood out in IU's two wins.

Indiana volleyball went 2-1 this weekend at the Indiana Invitational after matchups against Indiana State, Chicago State and Jacksonville State.

The Hoosiers defeated the Sycamores 3-0 on Friday. Indiana had full control of the first set and won it 25-11. The second and third sets were closer battles, with Indiana taking the two 24-23 and 25-20.

Sophomore setter Camryn Haworth recorded her first double-double of the season with 33 assists and a career-high 22 digs to lead the Hoosiers to a clean sweep of Indiana State. Sophomore setter Mady Saris tallied 13 kills to lead IU offensively while senior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg added nine to her name. Freshman outside hitter Candela Alonso-Corcelles had a strong debut with nine kills in the match.

“They played incredibly hard today,” head coach Steve Aird said. “We missed way too many serves, which is disappointing because it is our home gym.”

On Saturday morning, the Hoosiers defeated the Cougars 3-0. Haworth earned another double-double with 26 assists and 11 digs on the day. Junior middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede created production on the offense with 8 kills and a .727 hitting percentage. The Hoosiers battled to their second victory of the season.

Along with Haworth and Kjolhede, Alonso-Corcelles, Saris and Rammelsberg each tallied five-plus kills on the evening against Chicago State.

“Chicago State was a team last year that swept us 3-0,” Aird said. “We showed a lot of maturity in how far we have come.”

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The Hoosiers lost to the Gamecocks in the third set of the Indiana Invitational 3-0. Saris had a great performance with 18 kills and a .244 hitting percentage. The Gamecocks outlasted the Hoosiers in three straight sets 25-21, 26-24, 25-16, as Jacksonville State fifth-year senior Lena Kindermann hit. 429 with 10 kills and a pair of blocks during the match.

“Jacksonville State is picked to win their conference,” Aird said. “I think our whole preseason schedule is scattered with teams that if we don’t play great, we are going to be in some bloodbaths.”

After the conclusion of the Indiana Invitational, Indiana volleyball will be on the road for over a month. The next match will be against Southern Methodist University at 5 p.m. in Corpus Christi, Texas.


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