TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Outside hitter Bri Weber led the charge as Northern Iowa dominated Indiana State with a quick road sweep Friday night, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.
Weber overpowered the Sycamores’ defense as she took just 35 swings to record 20 kills for an impressive .514 hitting efficiency. The junior from Dike has now tallied 20 kills in back-to-back matches, and is the first Panther to reach 20 kills in a sweep since the number of points required to win a college volleyball set went from 30 to 25 in 2009.
UNI received additional offense from Piper Thomas who added 12 kills and Karlie Taylor who finished 11. Heather Hook distributed 39 assists for a UNI attack that out-hit Indiana State, .393 to .152.
UNI (15-4, 5-0 Missouri Valley) was also solid on defense. Taylor led a balanced back row with 11 digs, followed by 10 apiece from Kendyl Sorge and Taylor Hedges.
Damadj Johnson led Indiana State (5-12, 3-2) with 10 kills in the match that lasted just 1 hour, 20 minutes.
UNI hit .400 in the opening set with an 87 percent sideout effort. UNI continued with an 87 percent sideout effort in the second set to go with a .368 attack percentage. The Panthers closed out the third set by hitting .412 with a 64 percent sideout clip. UNI recorded a 78 percent sideout number for the entire match.