The Missouri State volleyball team failed to secure a win in its two road matches this past weekend.
The Bears’ first match of the weekend was against Evansville, who they lost to 3-1 nearly one month ago.
MSU got out to a 9-6 lead in the first set before the teams began trading points. A kill from sophomore outside hitter Sarabi Worsley-Gilbert and an ace from freshman setter Kennedee Anderson helped the Bears gain a 21-18 lead.
The lead was short-lived as Evansville went on a 4-0 run and ended the set with back-to-back kills, giving the Purple Aces the first set.
The second set was a rough one for the Bears. Evansville mounted a 17-5 run in the middle of the set and thwarted every comeback attempt the Bears had.
MSU took control in Set 3. This set was a tight one with four lead changes. MSU landed 20 kills along with a set win.
The Bears put up a fight in Set 4, going on a 5-0 run to make the score 15-11, but they couldn’t find a way to overcome Evansville and dropped the set, losing 3-1.
After losing to Evansville, MSU headed to Terre Haute, Indiana, to take on Indiana State in its second-to-last match of the season.
MSU started off better. Senior right-side hitter Aubrey Cheffey added three kills and a block to propel the Bears to a 25-18 win in their first set.
ISU controlled the next two sets and picked up wins in both, setting the match score at 2-1.
Set 4 was a close one. With the set tied at 13, ISU secured an ace and didn’t give up the lead after that.
MSU clawed its way back from a 23-18 deficit to make the score 24-22. ISU called a timeout and then landed a kill for the 3-1 win.
The Bears were productive offensively in both matches. Three different Bears had double-digit kills against Evansville, led by sophomore setter Chloe Rear with 13. In the match against ISU, six different Bears had eight or more kills led by the duo Azyah Green and Laynie Dake, who both recorded 11.
After the two losses, the Bears fell to 9-22, and 6-11 in the conference, dropping them to eighth place.
With only one regular-season game left MSU sits in eighth place with an improbable chance of making the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.
MSU will be at home for its last regular-season match, facing Southern Illinois on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. at Hammons Student Center.