MVC tournament approaches as season winds down

PRESTON JENSEN, Sports Writer

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The UNI volleyball team had their brooms handy as they swept both the Missouri State Bears and Southern Illinois Salukis on Nov. 9 and10.

The Panthers got it rolling on Friday, Nov. 9 against the Bears and didn’t look back. UNI won each of the first three sets with scores of 25-18, 25-13 and 25-21. 

Piper Thomas and Karlie Taylor lead the charge to defeat Missouri State. Thomas recorded an attack percentage over .400 for the 13th time this season, while Taylor contributed a three-set double-double with 18 kills and 12 digs.  Between the two, they also added six blocks.

On Saturday, Nov.10, UNI honored their seniors Lexi Astor, Kendyl Sorge and Piper Thomas during senior night against Southern Illinois. The three were sent off in style as the Panthers defeated the Salukis in a three-set sweep, 25-16, 25-19 and 26-24. 

Thomas had 10 kills and 6 blocks in her final home match. Kate Busswtiz lead the team in kills with 12, as well as blocking three shots.  

Up next, the Panthers travel to Evansville, Ind. to battle the Purple Aces on Friday, Nov. 16. UNI has had success against them, winning all three sets in the last match.

UNI will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 17 against the Indiana State Sycamores. The Panthers look to keep their momentum going as the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quickly approaches. With an overall record of 21-8 and 15-1 in conference play, they still have an opportunity to clinch the tournament’s number one seed.

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