Volleyball sends seniors against Missouri-St. Louis

INDIANAPOLIS- The UIndy volleyball team (12-13, 5-6 GLVC) celebrated seven seniors on Saturday afternoon, before losing in four sets to Missouri-St. Louis (19-5, 10-1 GLVC) inside the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

Lauren Cullison was hot on offense, finishing with 12 kills on .417 hitting from the right side, while My Kenna Barnhart recorded a game of 25 digs.

Along with Barnhart, UIndy has honored the following seniors: Elizabeth Eads, Alex Equihua, Hannah Huppenbauer, emma jones, Gillian Santanaand Kyra Simmons.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN
Similar to Friday night, both teams came out firing offensively in the first frame. UIndy – led by by Grace Hegwood nine wins – attacked at a modest .282 clip in the first set; however, five Tritons combined to reach .343 and break away with a 25-21 win.

After losing the second set, the Greyhounds improved their game on the defensive end, allowing the offense to gain momentum. The Crimson and Gray recorded a 72% sideout rate in the third, as four Hounds finished with four kills. Eads and Jones joined Cullison and Hegwood with four starts in the set, with UIndy winning, 25-18.

The visitors responded in what turned out to be the final frame, hitting .531 while making just one attacking error. Cullison had eight of his 12 kills in the final set for the Hounds.

INSIDE THE BOX
– Jones returned for her first game of the season, finishing with a line of eight kills (.316%), three digs, two blocks and one assist.
– Barnhart broke away in the program’s all-time dig race with her 25th-place finish on Saturday and now has 1,754 career scoops in her four years as a Greyhound libero.
– Huppenbauer was also one of five Hounds to record at least eight kills, hitting .300 and totaling four blocks against the Tritons.
– Lauren Peal had 11 scoops, while contributing to one of the team’s seven service aces. Barnhart led the Hounds three points behind on serve.

DOG BYTES

The head coach Jason Roseau on the elderly…
“I love these guys. They’ve been through more than their fair share. I’m emotional talking about them because they’ve been through the COVID-19 stuff, they’re all hurt…they haven’t been shaken fairly. It sucks, and it’s not fair, but through it all, they show up every day and work hard. I’m proud of them and they will be missed. We know whatever that is. they do in their next chapters, they’re gonna smash and we can’t wait to celebrate them the rest of their lives.

NEXT
The Greyhounds wrap up the regular season with just one game next Saturday in Maryville. The first service in St. Louis is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.

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