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The Northern Iowa volleyball team advanced to the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals with a 3-0 victory over the Loyola Ramblers Thursday in the McLeod Center. UNI won by set scores of 25-15, 25-18, 25-14.

UNI (24-8 overall) advanced to the program's 32nd straight MVC Tournament semifinal with the win. Loyola (14-18 overall) was making its first appearance in the MVC Tournament.

UNI's Kayla Haneline collected a match-high 11 kills and hit .304 for the match. Piper Thomas unloaded eight kills and hit .400 as she did not commit an attack error against the Ramblers. Amie Held posted a match-high 17 digs.

The Panthers used a 10-2 run in the opening set to take a 13-5 advantage. The Panthers would score a 25-15 first-set win behind an 81-percent sideout effort. 

Loyola was held to a .000 attack percentage in the second set with nine kills to go against nine attack errors. UNI posted a 77-percent sideout performance. UNI held a slim 15-14 lead before using a 4-0 run to take a five-point lead at 19-14. UNI closed the second set on a 10-4 run and scored a 25-18 triumph.

UNI finished the sweep with a 25-14 victory in the third set. UNI posted a 73-percent sideout effort and forced Loyola into a -.030 hitting percentage. Loyola posted five kills to go against six attack errors in the third stanza. 

UNI advances to take on No. 2-seeded Wichita State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the McLeod Center. No. 1-seeded Missouri State will be take on No. 5-seeded Illinois State at 5 p.m.
 

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