SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Missouri State volleyball team beat the Drake volleyball team, 3-1, Friday night at the Hammons Student Center.
With the win Missouri State improves to 16-13 overall and 10-7 in the Missouri Valley Conference and the defeat drops Drake to 5-23 overall and 4-13 in the MVC. Game sets were 25-11, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-16.
Drake sophomore Erin Roggenburg (Ankeny, Iowa) finished with 12 kills to set her new career-high and added two digs and two block assists. Middle blocker Cassie Effken (Lincoln, Neb.) posted seven kills, three digs, a block and two block assists as she continues to impress in her freshman season. Setters Halli Meyer (Bettendorf, Iowa) and Rebecca Brown (Bentonville, Ark.) guided the Bulldog attack with 26 assists and 16 assists, respectively.
Missouri State finished the evening with 66 kills, 65 assists and 85 digs. Andrea Beaty tallied a career-high 17 kills and Carly Thomas had a match-high 49 assists.
Missouri State overpowered Drake in the opening set winning 25-11. The Bears smashed 17 kills with just three attack errors and finished with a .536 hitting percentage. Kaitlin Jaeger and Beaty each had five kills for the Bears. Roggenburg paced Drake with three kills in the set.
The Bulldogs bounced back in the second set with a 25-22 win. Drake fell behind 14-12 after a kill by Christine McCartney before rallying with a 5-0 run to go ahead 17-14. The two teams sat tied at 20-20 after a kill by Beaty. A kill by Roggenburg and a block assist by Katie Dulek (Lenexa, Kan.) and Amanda Platte (Mount Vernon, Iowa) pushed the Bulldogs back in front, 22-20 and they closed out the set with another Roggenburg kill.
Drake and Missouri State exchanged points early in the third set as neither team held more than a two-point lead until the Bears built an 18-15 lead. Drake cut the lead to 18-17 after another block assist this one from Dulek and Roggenburg but that would be as close as the Blue and White would get. The Bears closed out the set with seven of the final nine points, the last on a kill by Beaty, 25-19. Dulek and Effken each had three kills.
The Bears took control of the fourth set with a 12-2 run to build a commanding 22-13 lead. Missouri State scored three of the last six points to take the match, 25-16. Roggenburg smashed three kills to lead the offensive attack in the set.
Drake will close its season tomorrow night at Wichita State. The match will start at 7 p.m. and live stats will be available at www.godrakebulldogs.com. Subscribers to Drake's True Blue TV will be able to watch the match for free at www.godrakebulldogs.com