Lindsey Records Triple-Double In Win Over UNI
Oct. 6, 2007
NORMAL, Ill. - Illinois State (13-6, 5-3 MVC) battled back to win a thrilling five-game match against Northern Iowa (9-9, 4-3 MVC), 3-2 (30-26, 28-30, 20-30, 35-33, 21-19) Saturday night at Redbird Arena. ISU was down 2-1 in the match and needed two overtime victories in the final games to pull out the win. Illinois State is now 3-0 in five-game matches this season, while Northern Iowa falls to 0-5. Junior setter Erin Lindsey recorded the second triple-double of her career with a career-high 71 assists, 10 kills and 10 digs.
Lindsey eclipsed her former career-best total of 65 assists that she has achieved twice in her career. Her 10 kills also tied a career-best. Junior right side hitter M.C. Richmond led the Redbirds with a career-best 28 kills and had a .420 hitting percentage. Six Redbirds reached double-digits in kills, including sophomore middle blocker Katie Seyller, who tied her career-high of 13.
In game one, Richmond and sophomore outside hitter Peggy Riessen each had five kills to help the Redbirds erase an early deficit and take a 17-13 lead. UNI clawed back to within a point with a 7-2 run, but was unable to tie the game. Richmond had two more kills, bringing her total for the game to nine, and a service ace to clinch the game.
Richmond and Lindsey sparked the Redbirds early in game two, with each player picking up a pair of kills to give the Redbirds an 8-6 lead. The Panthers tied the game at nine and then went on a 7-3 run, including four-straight points, to take their first lead of the game, 16-12. The Redbirds hung tough and never let the Panthers' lead grow bigger than four points, but they were unable to tie the game, and the Panthers held on to tie the match.
Clinging to a one point lead in game three, UNI opened up a 7-2 run with five kills to pull ahead 12-6. The Panthers' lead continued to grow and twice reached 12 points. ISU hit just .125 in game three, as opposed to .385 for Northern Iowa.
With the Redbirds leading 9-8 in game four, Richmond took over, registering five kills to give ISU a five-point cushion (16-11). The two teams traded two-point spurts before the Panthers rattled off four unanswered points to pull within two, 21-19. UNI then tied the game up at 25-25, but the Redbirds maintained the advantage over the next six points. UNI finally took the lead with a block, 29-28, but the Redbirds would not go down easily, forcing overtime. Freshman outside hitter Mallory Leggett twice gave the Redbirds game point with kills, but they couldn't capitalize. UNI led 33-32 when the Redbirds scored the final three points to win their longest game of the season. Richmond clinched the game again with her second ace.
In the decisive fifth game, ISU used two blocks to take the first lead, 5-2. UNI charged back with a 10-4 run to take its first lead, 12-9. A quick 4-1 run by ISU tied the game at 13-13, but a UNI kill put the Panthers ahead, 14-13. They couldn't put the Redbirds away, however, as the Redbirds had kills on five UNI match-point opportunities. Seyller and Richmond combined on a block to put the Redbirds up, 20-19, and Richmond had the final kill on a ball to the far corner of the court to win the game and the match for ISU. The fifth game featured 11 ties and five lead changes.
The Redbirds hit the road next weekend to take on Indiana State Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.