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Volleyball sweeps first invitational

IU volleyball vs UIC

The IU volleyball team wanted to start off strong against some tough competition during its first weekend.

The Hoosiers did just that, winning all three of their matches in the Georgia Tech Courtyard Marriott Classic to begin their 2010 campaign.

“I saw a lot of good fight and composure with the team,” IU coach Sherry Dunbar said.

The team played its first contest Friday against host Georgia Tech in the sold-out
O’Keefe Gymnasium.

IU got off to a quick start, winning each of the first two sets, 25-20.

However, Georgia Tech sophomore right-side hitter Monique Mead brought the Yellow Jackets back in the match, and the tournament hosts won the next two frames, 25-22 and 25-20.

The Hoosiers then showed their resolve, winning the last set, 18-16.

IU didn’t have good outcomes in five-set matches last season, but the team bucked that trend against Georgia Tech.

“Last year we were young, but this year we have matured to pull out those fifth-set matches,” junior libero Caitlin Cox said.

The following day, the Hoosiers played strong defense and defeated The University of Alabama at Birmingham in the three sets, 25-19, 25-13 and 25-22.

IU had 15 1/2 blocks, which set a new team mark for most in a three-set match.

Dunbar used all her available substitutions, and all 11 players saw the court.

Later that day, the Hoosiers claimed their second straight sweep, defeating Alabama A&M, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-11.  

Senior middle blocker Ashley Benson was named tournament MVP with 40 kills, 15 total blocks and a .423 hitting efficiency.

“Ashley played like a senior and has the ability to take control of the match,” Dunbar said.

IU believed winning the tournament constituted a great start to its season.

“We did a great job learning and working together in the tournament,” junior setter Mary Chadouin said. “Winning these games will build our confidence.”

The Hoosiers look to maintain momentum gained at Georgia Tech as they enter their first home stand this weekend in the IU Adidas Classic.

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