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Blue Raiders defeated by Missouri State

Hervey matches career-high in kills with 15

September 13, 2013 · @MTAthletics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Middle Tennessee volleyball team fell in three sets to Missouri State Friday night as part of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn/University Plaza Invitational at the Hammond Student Center. With the loss, the Blue Raiders drop to 5-3, while the Bears improve to 7-2.

Jale Hervey tallied 15 kills - a team-best for the night - for the fourth time this season, matching her career-high yet again. Chelsea Ross recorded a double-double for the second consecutive match, notching 12 kills and 11 digs.

The first two sets featured a similar narrative: Close throughout the majority of the set, with Missouri State able to pull away late and secure a victory.

The Blue Raiders were in front through the majority of the first set, ahead by as many as four after a block by Jazmyne Johnson and Tyler Richardson put MT up 16-12. The Raiders would lead for a final time in the set at 21-20, jumping back in front after a Monet Marshall kill untied the score. The Bears would then go on to score five of the opening stanza's final seven points for a 25-23 win.

The second set was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team leading by more than two until late in the set. Kills by Rachel Shaughnessy and Shelby Anderton would tie the score at 19 before Missouri State replicated its closing run of the first set, this time scoring five of the set's final six points for a 25-20 victory, putting the Bears up 2-0 on the way back to the locker room.

Missouri State exerted a bit more control over the match in the third and ultimately final set, as the Bears never trailed. They would lead by five points on four different occasions in the third set, including the final tally of 25-20.

Junior Eseta Maka made her Blue Raider debut in the match, playing in the third set. Kristina Headrick made her first Blue Raider start at libero, tallying 11 digs, a new career-high for the sophomore in a Middle Tennessee uniform. Headrick was also credited with the first kill of her Blue Raider career.

The Blue Raiders return to action with a pair of matches tomorrow in Springfield, facing Oklahoma at 10:00 a.m. before squaring off with Alabama A&M at 5:30 p.m. Oklahoma defeated Alabama A&M Friday in three sets.

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