VB: Panthers Roll to Two Home Wins

VB: Panthers Roll to Two Home Wins

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The Panther volleyball team defeated Missouri State 3-0 in the McLeod Center on Saturday night, winning with set scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-21.

Head Coach Bobbi Petersen recorded victory number 503, tying her with Iradge Ahrabi-Fard as the programs all-time wins leader. Petersen is now just seven wins away from passing Missouri States Melissa Stokes as the Missouri Valley Conference’s all-time wins leader.

The Panthers outhit the Bears on Saturday night, recording a .274 hitting percentage, including a .303 first set and a .333 second set. The Panther defense held the Bears to a .110 team hitting percentage. The Panthers tallied seven blocks and 51 total digs on the night while the Bears finished with 8 blocks and 42 digs.

Five Panthers recorded kills with Inga Rotto and Emily Holterhaus leading the way with 10 kills apiece. Karlie Taylor finished the night with 9 kills, good enough to move her into 4th all-time in career kills. Taylor passed former teammate Piper Thomas in the record book and is now just 34 kills away from passing Bobbi Petersen for third.

Libero Abbi Staack recorded a team high 17 digs with Taylor Hedges following with 10 on the night. Rachel Koop continues her impressive setting, finishing the night with 37 assists. Kate Busswitz and Kaylissa Arndorfer led the Panther blocking effort each recording three block assists. Busswitz and Taylor each added a solo block ion the night as well.

The UNI volleyball team moved to 17-9 overall and 11-1 in the MVC on Friday night, defeating the Salukis of Southern Illinois with set scores of 25-13, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16.

The Panthers came out firing on offense on Friday night, finishing the match with a .247 hitting percentage while holding the Salukis to just .092. The Salukis out blocked the Panthers 9-5 while the Panthers came out ahead in total digs 89-77.

Karlie Taylor again led the Panthers in kills on her way to her 17th double-double of the season. The senior outside hitter totaled 18 kills and 18 digs on the night while hitting .267. Inga Rotto finished with a career night, totaling 14 kills on 23 total swings for a team high .609 hitting percentage.

Senior Rachel Koop finished with 51 assists on the night, a four set high. The Panther dig total is also a season four set high with 89 total digs. Libero Abbi Staack finished with a team high 20 digs with Karlie Taylor and Rachel Koop recording 18 and 17 respectively.