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Volleyball Splits Season Opening Matches At FAU Invitational

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first_img vs. UNF Box Score (PDF) Preview Live Stats Full Schedule Roster vs. NU Box Score (PDF) Story Links vs. Bethune-Cookman 8/27/2016 – 3:30 PM vs. UNF Box Score (HTML) Next Game: vs. NU Box Score (HTML) BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Drake University volleyball team split a pair of matches to open the 2016 season at the FAU Invitational on Friday, Aug. 26. The Bulldogs opened play with a 3-1 victory over Northeastern in the morning, followed by a 3-2 loss to North Florida in the afternoon.Junior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) led the Bulldogs with 38 combined kills in the two matches via a career-high 19 in each match. In the loss to UNF she added 16 digs for a double-double. Veteran setter Chandelle Davidson (Gretna, Neb.) had 52 assists in the two matches while Michelle Thommi (Omaha, Neb.) recorded 35 digs.Drake opened the day by defeating Northeastern, 25-21, 25-19, 18-25, 25-20. Inderski’s 19 kills came on 46 attempts for a .283 attack percentage while Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) added 14 kills. Capris Quaites (Omaha, Neb.) saw her first action in nearly a year due to injury and combined with newcomer Kameo Pope (Belle Plaine, Iowa) to contribute on nine of the Bulldogs’ nine team blocks.The first set against the Huskies featured 11 ties and five lead changes to account for a 17-17 tie before the Bulldogs scored eight of the last 12 points  with a pair of kills from Schoene sealing the set. Drake jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the second set and never let up in leading the rest of way to take the set, 25-19, before Northeastern rallied back in the third set, 25-18. Early in the fourth set, three errors by the Huskies gave Drake an 8-4 lead that quickly expanded to 12-5 courtesy of more errors. NU pulled back within one point until a 4-0 run gave Drake a 23-17 lead that it used to coast to the 25-20 win in the set to take the match, 3-1.Inderski and Schoene led the Bulldogs in the second game of the day with 19 and 13 kills, respectively, while Pope added nine blocks as Drake held a 14.5-11 advantage in blocks in the 20-25, 22-25, 23-25, 26-24, 10-15 loss. UNF took the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-22 , before Drake rallied to take the third set, 25-23. That set featured 10 ties until, with the score knotted at 22-22, Schoene and Inderski rattled off back-to-back kills via passes from Davidson. UNF answered the two-point deficit with a kill but Quaites ended the set with a kill to give the Bulldogs the set, 25-23. The fourth set was another back-and-forth affair as Drake tried to extend the match. Facing match point at 23-24, Inderski hammered two kills to put the Bulldogs on top while Davidson closed the set with an ace for the 26-24 win to force a fifth set. However, that fifth set was owned by the Ospreys as UNF jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Despite the nearly insurmountable lead, the Bulldogs tried to battle back with a 5-0 run that pulled Drake within four points, 13-9, but could get no closer as UNF took the set, 15-10, and match, 3-2.The Bulldogs return to action for the second day of the FAU Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 26, with an 11 a.m. match against the hosts, FAU and a 3:30 p.m. match against Bethune-Cookman.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more