Volleyball Sweeps Two Matches To Win FAU Invitational Title

first_img vs. BCU Box Score (HTML) Story Links South Dakota State 8/30/2016 – 6:00 PM Full Schedule Roster vs. BCU Box Score (PDF) Next Game: vs. FAU Box Score (HTML) center_img The Valley on ESPN3 Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats Watch Live vs. FAU Box Score (PDF) BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Drake University volleyball team closed out the FAU invitational with a pair of 3-0 wins on Saturday afternoon over Florida Atlantic and Bethune-Cookman to win the FAU Invitational title. With the two wins, the Bulldogs improved to 3-1 on the young season heading into Tuesday’ home opener against South Dakota State. “This was a strong weekend for the entire team and I’m happy with the results,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We got some great experience with a solid opening weekend against some strong Division I teams.” The tournament title marks the third straight year the Bulldogs have opened the season by winning a tournament. Last season, the Bulldogs won the WIU Invitational after earning a tournament title in Omaha in 2014.Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) led the Bulldogs on offense again with 14 kills and 10 digs in the team’s 25-16, 27-25, 25-20 win over FAU. Later she added 11 kills in the 25-18, 25-21, 25-18 victory over Bethune-Cookman. She finished the weekend with 63 kills and a .289 hitting percentage. For her efforts she was named the FAU Invitational Most Valuable Player.”Kyla had an amazing weekend for herself with phenomenal numbers,” McBroom said.Grace Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.) added 18 kills in Saturday’s two wins while Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) had 10 kills on 16 attempts against Florida Atlantic in her third game as a Bulldog to earn a spot on the FAU Invitational all-tournament team.”Kameo Pope had a strong showing in the middle for us in her first weekend,” McBroom added.Defensively, Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.) added 24 digs in the two matches while Chandelle Davidson (Gretna, Neb.) added 35 assists, to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. Her understudy, Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) had 28 assists in her first action.In the early contest against host FAU, Drake ran out to an early 9-2 lead in the first set and closed the set on a 6-0 run behind Aspinwall’s serving and a pair of kills from Inderski. The second set was much closer with 15 ties and 10 lead changes before two kills from Schofield and one from Pope gave the Bulldogs the necessary, two-point, 27-25 cushion. It looked like FAU would extend the match with a 19-16 lead in the third set, however, Drake ended the set and match on an impressive 9-1 run to take the set, 25-20. Pope had three kills during that run and ended the match on a block. The Bulldogs never trailed in the first set against Bethune-Cookman and held a 22-14 lead before BCU staged a late rally that came up short. The second set was much closer, but Drake ended the frame on 6-2 run to put away BCU, 25-21, thanks to two late kills from Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.). Drake faced an early 6-1 deficit in the third set, but a 5-0 run quickly evened the score and a 12-6 Drake run later sealed the three-set sweep for Drake.Following the successful weekend in South Florida, the Bulldogs return home on Tuesday evening to host South Dakota State at the Knapp Center. First serve for the Bulldogs’ home opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img