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Illinois State volleyball hosted the Red and White invitational over the first weekend of September. The Redbirds won their first two games defeating Ohio University and University of Illinois-Chicago, but lost their last game to Marquette on Sunday.

Friday night the Illinois State University women’s volleyball team fell to Central Michigan 3-1 to open their weekend at the Flyer-Raider Invitational in Dayton, Ohio.

After taking a close 28-26 set one victory, the ‘Birds fought hard but lost the next three to lose the match.

"It's always tough to not come out on top, but I'm proud of our team for fighting 'til the very end,” head coach Leah Johnson said. “They continue to stay committed to the process and we will continue to learn and grow in every match we play."

Sophomore Nicole Lund led the way for ISU, collecting a team-high five blocks and eleven kills. Freshman setter Katelyn Lefler was named Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week after her performance at last weekend’s Red and White Invitational and continued her success with 43 assists.

The Redbirds also saw progress behind the service line, finishing with an 8-3 advantage in service aces.

Johnson’s team gets right back into action, facing Dayton at 11 a.m. and Wright State at 6 p.m. this Saturday.

MIKEY FORNELLI is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at mlforn1@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @Mfojr


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