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UNI Volleyball Sweeps Missouri State 3-0

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Seniors Ashten Stelken and Amy Sampson each had 14 kills to lead the University of Northern Iowa volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over Missouri State Friday night at the McLeod Center.  Set scores were 25-17, 25-16, 25-15.
 
With the win, UNI improves to 22-5 overall, 12-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference, while Missouri State falls to 20-10 overall, 11-5 in The Valley.  The win allows the Panthers remain in a tie for second place in the MVC standings with Creighton with just three league matches remaining for each school.
 
Sophomore outside hitter Beth Discher added eight kills, while Shannon Aschoff had seven and Michelle Burow chipped in with five.  It was a very efficient night for the Panther hitters, as UNI hit .387 as a team, with 48 kills and a season-low tying five hitting errors.  Missouri State hit .140 as a team with 31 kills and 16 errors.
 
UNI got kills from Discher and Stelken, along with a Stelken service ace, to open a 6-2 lead to start the match.  Missouri State scored seven of the next 10 points to pull even at nine, but the Panthers got two more kills from Discher and a service ace from Chelsea Saunders to regain momentum and move in front 13-10.  Leading 15-13, UNI got two booming kills from Sampson that started the Panthers on a 10-4 run to end the set, earning a 25-17 win.
 
The second set was even at 11-all, when UNI got going.  Aschoff had back-to-back kills and added a service ace, while Sampson and Stelken each also had a pair of kills, during an 8-1 run that gave the Panthers all the room they needed.  UNI eventually turned that 19-12 lead into a 25-16 win.
 
The Panthers controlled the third set from the get-go.  UNI opened leads of 8-2, 14-5 and 19-9 en route to the 25-15 win.  The Panthers hit an impressive .515 (18-1-33) in the third set to .132 (10-5-38) by the Bears.
 
UNI plays host to 11th-ranked and undefeated Wichita State tomorrow night, with first serve from the McLeod Center set for 7:00 pm.

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