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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.

The Illinois State Volleyball team defeated Northern Iowa in five sets to split their opening conference weekend.

After a frustrating 3-0 loss in their opener against Drake, the Redbirds bounced back against Northern Iowa.

In set one, the Redbirds got off to a hot start, defeating the Panthers in set one 25-21. Recording 13 kills and three service aces to help set the pace for a game one victory.

Set two saw more of the same from the Redbirds, taking set two 25-18 with 14 kills on 34 attack attempts. The Redbirds had three more service aces and had two blocks.

The Panthers clawed their way back in set three, winning a close one 25-23. The Redbirds had nine attack errors, complimented with two service errors.

The Panthers again would take set four 25-21 and evened up the score at two apiece. The Redbirds were held to nine kills on 37 attempts, making eight errors on the set.

The Redbirds would close out the Panthers in set five in a 15-12 victory. Despite six errors, the Redbirds recorded 13 kills closing out the match and winning three sets to two.

The Redbirds were led by Tamara Otene with 22 kills followed closely behind by Sarah Kushner with 18 and Aliyah Moore with 11.

The Redbirds' record now sits at 5-9 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. They return home this weekend when they host Missouri State on Friday and then Southern Illinois on Saturday.

ERIC SCHWEIZER is a Sports Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at ewschwe@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @EricSchweizer2


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