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Hoosiers take 2 of 3 in Lexington

Familiarity was lacking for the IU volleyball team this weekend.

Playing on the road in a new environment and in hot conditions, the Hoosiers took two out of three matches at the University of Kentucky tournament in Lexington, Ky.  
“The facilities were different, and there was no air conditioning,” said IU coach Sherry Dunbar.

IU lost 3-1 Friday to Kentucky but rebounded Saturday to defeat Albany and Eastern Kentucky by scores of 3-1 and 3-0, respectively. With the two wins, the Hoosiers improved to 6-3 on the year.

Dunbar said she wished the Hoosiers had swept the tournament but knew they weren’t capable of doing that based on Friday’s engagement.

“We were trying to go 3-0 but didn’t play well (Friday),” she said.

Sophomore middle blocker Ashley Benson, who recorded a team-high 20.5 points in the Eastern Kentucky match, said she was pleased with Saturday’s play.

“I felt good about (our play against) Albany,” Benson said. “Eastern Kentucky was our best match, and I felt great about it.”

Dunbar was complimentary of Benson’s individual play afterward as well.

“Ashley started out strong, and her defense was really good throughout the tournament,” she said.

As a team, the Hoosiers recorded 181 points for the weekend. Three of those points come from freshman defensive specialist Cailtin Cox, who said the team played hard in Saturday’s matches.

“We competed and fought and the scores showed that,” Cox said.

IU returns home this Friday and Saturday to host the TIS Bookstore IU invitational. The Hoosiers will welcome George Mason and Ball State at 12:30 p.m and 7:30 p.m., respectively, Friday at the University Gym. On Saturday the action moves to Assembly Hall at 3 p.m. against Cincinnati.

Benson said she hopes the Hoosiers play as well as they did in their opening home tournament when they swept all three matches.

“Hopefully, it will be like the adidas Classic, as we played great in that and did what we had to do,” she said.

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