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September 16, 2005

Wilson notches 2,000th assist as Eagles top Drury, 3-1

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.óSophomore setter Stephanie Wilson (Terre Haute, Indiana) recorded her 2,000th career assist as University of Southern Indiana volleyball team defeated Drury University 30-18, 30-25, 28-30, 30-25 Friday night in its Great Lakes Valley Conference opener.

Stephanie Wilson

Wilson, who ranks fourth all-time at USI with 2,048 career assists, finished the match with 53 assists while leading the Screaming Eagles to a .229 attacking percentage. She also recorded 10 digs and three blocks in the victory.

USI (7-6, 1-0 GLVC), which has won nine consecutive GLVC openers, got 15 kills and a .400 attacking percentage from freshman middle blocker Meg Buschman (Reynolds, Indiana) as well as 14 kills and a .324 attacking percentage from junior outside hitter Emily Ryan (Batesville, Indiana).

Junior outside hitter Chelse Doubler (Griffin, Indiana) led the Eagles with 19 kills, while senior middle blocker Laura Ellerbusch (Newburgh, Indiana) chipped in 12 kills, four service aces, 13 digs, and a match-high tying six blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Molly Rahman (Ferdinand, Indiana) also finished the contest with six blocks.

Defensively, freshman libero Amber Gogel (Ferdinand, Indiana) recorded a match-high 22 digs, while junior defensive specialist Mandy Probst (Wheeler, Illinois) finished with 11 digs. USI held Drury (3-9, 0-1 GLVC) to a .192 attacking percentage in the four-game match.

USIís win sets up a showdown with No. 21 Rockhurst University Saturday at 2 p.m. in Kansas City, Missouri. Rockhurst (10-1, 1-0 GLVC) is coming off a 3-1 victory over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Friday night.

Dan McDonnell,
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