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  • Volleyball Takes UNI To Five Sets

    first_img Loyola 10/26/2018 – 7 p.m. Box Score (PDF) The Valley on ESPN Story Links Box Score (HTML) Next Game: CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Led by a career-high 23 kills from Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas), the Drake University volleyball team pushed UNI to five sets before UNI prevailed, 3-2, Friday evening at the McLeod Center.Cheek’s 23 kills matched a career high and came on 63 attempts to lead the Bulldogs. MVC leader UNI (16-6, 10-0 MVC)  was paced by 25 kills from Karlie Taylor. UNI won by set scores of 25-19, 23-25, 25-15, 22-25, 15-5, to remain unbeaten in Missouri Valley Conference action.Cheek also added eight digs while setter Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) notched another double-double with 45 assists and 11 digs. Elle Tubbs’ (Clinton, Iowa) serving also sparked the Bulldogs with a career-high five aces for Drake (16-8, 5-5 MVC).In the second set that Drake claimed, the Bulldogs took an early lead and held a 16-13 advantage midway through the set. UNI briefly rallied to take a lead, but the Bulldogs answered back with 3-1 close to win the set 25-23 as the Bulldogs hit .471 in the set.UNI took the first set, 25-19, and turned an early lead into a late 7-point lead while hitting .300 with 16 kills to take the opening set. Following the Bulldogs’ second set win, the Bulldogs stayed within reach of the Panthers early in the third set. However, UNI closed the set on a 13-5 run to build win the set, 25-15, and take a lead in the match.However, Drake reclaimed the momentum in the match in the fourth set with a 25-22 win. The Bulldogs faced a 20-18 deficit late in the set, but a Cheek kill followed by back-to-back aces from Tubbs put the Bulldogs on top, 21-20. The Bulldogs stretched that lead out to three points to take the set and force a decisive fifth set.Unfortunately, UNI came out firing in the fifth set and limited Drake to just one kill in the set while rolling out to a quick 10-3 lead. Drake was unable to slow that surge as the Panthers cruised to a 15-5 win in the set to defeat the Bulldogs, 3-2. Watch Live Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Full Schedule Roster Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more