|Redbird volleyball goes 1-1 in MVC play over weekend|
|Written by Andrew Rosten, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Monday, 13 October 2008 18:00|
An acrobatic kill by senior setter Erin Lindsey decreased ISU's deficit in the fifth set of Friday's match against Creighton to two points, but not without a seemingly heavy price.
The awkward landing that followed sprained Lindsey's left ankle, forcing the preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference selection to leave the match. The Redbirds eventually lost to Creighton 14-25, 25-20, 19-25, 25-13, 15-9.
With a brace on her left ankle, Lindsey returned to action Saturday. With 41 set assists, three kills and one dig, she contributed to the 'Birds' 25-17, 25-16, 25-15 victory over Drake.
With the victory, ISU increased its record to 4-4 in the MVC and 10-9 overall. Lindsey's third kill was the 400th of her career.
"I think last night was more of a scare," ISU Head Coach Melissa Myers said Saturday about Lindsey's injury. "When it first happened, we kind of got a little nervous. I wasn't sure how she would be this morning, but with a lot of ice and a lot of rest, she was fine."
"There were some balls that I couldn't get to," Lindsey said. "I may not have been as quick off the first step. Other people may not have seen it, but I noticed it. My teammates worked so well around me to pick up where I was lacking."
Sophomore outside hitter Mallory Leggett led her team with 13 kills and recorded nine digs.
Seven of Leggett's kills were recorded in the first set. The last three of those kills clinched the set for the 'Birds as they countered Drake's 9-5 lead with a 12-4 scoring run.
The Redbirds recorded a total of 53 digs for the game. Junior outside hitter Peggy Riessen was credited with a season-high of 23 digs.
"She made some great digs and some nice saves," Myers said. "She works hard, and you love a player that just works that hard."
Lindsey said the 'Birds' three-set victory gave them some momentum that can be carried for the rest of the season.
"I think that we are on a journey, and we will continue taking little steps forward," Lindsey said. "[Our performance] tonight really showed that we are ready to work hard and we're not giving up yet."
The Redbirds hope to carry their boost of momentum into next weekend. They are scheduled to play at Indiana State Friday and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Saturday.