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Indiana volleyball gathers together during route of USI (HN photo/Kallan Graybill)
Indiana volleyball gathers together during route of USI (HN photo/Kallan Graybill)

Indiana volleyball sweeps Stacheville Invitational

The Hoosiers improved to 6-3 on the season

Indiana volleyball went 3-0 last weekend at the Stacheville Invitational in Clarksville, Tennessee. 

The Hoosiers kicked things off on Friday afternoon with a match against Valparaiso. During the first set, the Hoosiers hit .323 with five kills from outside hitter Mady Saris. Senior Grae Gosnell dug up five balls that allowed the Hoosiers to win the first set 25-16.  

The Hoosiers continued their dominance into the second set, hitting .419 to give themselves a 20-12 lead against the Beacons. The Hoosiers would win 25-15 after a serving error from the Beacons.  

The third set would end 25-15 once again in favor of Indiana. The Hoosiers were able to capitalize on Valparaiso hitting negative in the third set with 15 digs. 

Later that Friday, Indiana swept Lindenwood University. Throughout the match, the Hoosiers held the Lions to a .096 hitting percentage, which marks the fifth time this season the Hoosiers have held an opponent to hit under .100.  

Graduate student Kaley Rammelsberg had nine blocks in three sets against Lindenwood, which is tied for the second most in the rally era for Indiana. The record is still held by program legend Ashley Benson who had 10 in 2010. Rammelsberg's performance on the weekend earned her the tournament-wide MVP.

Indiana wrapped its weekend up on Saturday against the hosts Austin Peay. Indiana dominated the first set 25-13. The Hoosiers hit .429 against the Governors. Rammelsberg put away five balls on six swings while adding two blocks to roll through the first set. 

The Hoosiers had three aces in the second frame to take a 2-0 advantage but let the Governors come back to tie it 9-9. Once head coach Steve Aird called for a timeout, the Hoosiers commanded the match and took a seven-point lead. Indiana would finish the second set with a 25-19 win. 

The Hoosiers would go on to win the third set 25-18. Saris provided four kills on six swings with senior Savannah Kjolhede having four on Saturday afternoon. 

The Hoosiers head to Florida this weekend to play in the 305 Challenge. Indiana will take on Stetson and Miami in Coral Gables, Florida before heading south to play Jacksonville and Florida International in Miami. 

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