IU crowned tournament champs
Hoosiers sweep West Virginia in weekend set
By Mike Abrams
The IU women's volleyball team cruised through the West Virginia Tournament this weekend, sweeping all three teams it faced in straight games. The Hoosiers added three more wins to IU coach Katie Weismiller's already impressive career record as the winningest women's volleyball coach in IU history.\nThe team, with just two seniors, used the weekend as a learning experience.\n"We learned a lot about the team, who we are and what we're about," Weismiller said in a statement. "Giving the team a taste of winning and getting on the court was great. We got better with each match we played."\nThe Hoosiers started off the weekend with a 3-0 win against the University of Akron. Sophomore Erica Short lead the Hoosiers with 15 kills, while junior Lauren Ditteon also recorded double-digit kills with 11. The Hoosiers won the first two games in close fashion, 30-24 and 30-28. The team won the third game 30-21.\nThe win against the Zips led into the Hoosiers' match against Oakland University, which again ended in an IU sweep. The Hoosiers won a close first game 30-26, followed by a \nsecond game 30-18 victory. They then closed the match with a 30-27 win. Ditteon led the team with nine kills and only two errors.\nHost team West Virginia was IU's final match of the weekend and the only thing standing between the team and the tournament win. The Hoosiers swept West Virginia, elevating their season record to 3-0 and capturing the tournament title. IU won the three games 30-18, 30-20 and 30-26, respectively.\nThroughout the tournament, IU utilized a solid mix of offense and defense. \n"With each match, we got better offensively," Weismiller said in a statement. "Also, our back row is one of the best we've had in years."\nDitteon was named MVP of the tournament. Teammates Short and senior Sara Diehl were also named to the all-tournament team.\nThe Hoosiers have their home opener at 7 p.m. Friday in the TIS Bookstore Tournament against Marshall University.
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