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IU East concluded its first weekend of the season.
Volleyball - Sat, Aug. 19, 2017

HUNTINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University East volleyball team concluded its weekend at the Huntington University Forester Invitational on Aug. 19.

The Red Wolves started their day with a 25-16, 25-14, 13-15, 25-21 setback against 33rd-ranked Missouri Valley College.

IU East completed the tournament with a 25-14, 25-21, 25-17 loss against Grace College.


* IU East jumped ahead 11-3 to start the third set against Missouri Valley and led by at least four points for the remainder of the set.

* Including the Aug. 19 match against No. 33 Missouri Valley, IU East has won at least a set in each of its last five matches against teams in the "receiving votes" list in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Top 25 Poll.


* IU East is 3-1. Missouri Valley is 4-0. Grace is 3-1.

* Bailey Gates (SR/Winchester, Ind.) totaled 21 kills in the two matches. Samantha Wigfield (FR/Fort Wayne, Ind.) tallied 30 digs. Sophie Rogers (FR/Kokomo, Ind.) had a hand in seven blocks.


"This weekend was productive for us. We figured out some things with our lineup and are starting to gel as a team. Disappointing going home with three losses, but we made a lot of strides in all four matches. Our defense and serve receive were awesome both days. That's a great start for us." - IU East coach Abby Niekamp


IU East plays at the Life University Tournament in Marietta, Ga., on Aug. 25 and 26.

Sam recorded double digits in digs in both #iueast VB matches on Aug. 19 #RedWolfNation

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