KOKOMO, Ind. – Perfection has never been a word associated with Indiana University Kokomo athletics. Until now.
After starting the season 6-8 during a tough non-conference schedule, the Cougar women’s volleyball team used what they learned in the preseason and swept the competition for a perfect 16-0 River States Conference regular season. The two-time defending conference tournament champion Cougars defeated Midway University 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-21) on Friday night and capped the perfect campaign on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Asbury University (25-15, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18).
On Senior Night, IU Kokomo out-hit Asbury .238 to .134 with 50 kills in 172 attacks. The Cougar offense posted six aces with defense securing three solo blocks and 18 block assists for 12 total blocks.
Leading the IU Kokomo offense, Lindi Thomas produced 18 kills and two service aces as well as 17 digs and two block assists Nyssa Baker added 12 kills and a pair of two service aces and contributed five block assists on defense. Generating a team-high 29 assists, Casey Colgate led in the category with Sarah Morin contributing 23. Erinn Adam was a force on defense with two solo blocks and four block assists. Earning a team-high 19, Maddison Taylor tallied the game-high in digs.
“We are very excited to make history and go undefeated in conference; 16-0 is no small feat,” said IUK head coach Heather Hayes. “A special thank you to our seniors for all their dedication and commitment. They have continued to help build the foundation of success within our program.”
Against Midway, the Cougars posted almost twice as many kills than the Eagles (40-21) in almost the same number of attacks (119-120).
“We got an opportunity to play a lot of players tonight,” said Hayes. “In set three we were able to get all seven seniors on the floor at the same time which was a really nice moment.”
Lindi Thomas scored nine kills on offense while also leading in digs with 19. Freshman sensation Nyssa Baker secured seven kills for a .429 hitting percentage. Baker also put down a pair of solo blocks. On defense, Bailey Worl posted three solo blocks. Maddison Taylor earned 15 digs as well as five service aces. And posting double-figures in assists, Casey Colgate contributed 26.
The Cougars earned the No. 1 seed in the upcoming RSC Tournament. As the regular season champion, IUK is already entered into the NAIA National Championship tournament for the third consecutive year.
Story courtesy IU Kokomo and Sports Journal