TOLEDO 3, INDIANA STATE 2 (12-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-18, 15-5)
The Toledo Rockets fell behind by a set twice in the match but won the last two sets in convincing fashion to knock off Indiana State and advance to the second round of the 2021 Women’s NIVC on Thursday evening.
Indiana State started the match in dominant fashion, taking the first set 25-12. The Sycamores hit .550 in the opening set, while Toledo hit just .000 with 10 attack errors in the first frame. The Rockets regrouped through and managed to take a back-and-forth second set to head into the intermission at 1-1.
The third set was once again a close battle between the two programs, but Indiana State utilized a 4-0 run midway through the set to grab a 19-16 lead over Toledo. Toledo cut the lead down to one at 22-21, but Indiana State responded to close out the third set and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the remaining two sets, Toledo jumped all over Indiana State. The Rockets opened the 4th set with an 11-4 run and seemingly were in full control. Indiana State mustered a comeback and closed the gap to one point, 14-13, but once again Toledo responded down the stretch to take the set, 25-18.
The Rockets utilized the end-of-set momentum and carried it with them into the final set, where they hit .667 and won 15-5 to take the match. As a team Toledo hit .226 compared to .255 for Indiana State, but the Rockets held the Sycamores to under .200 hitting in each of the final three sets.
Toledo was led by junior outside hitter Sina Uluave, who racked up a career-high 20 kills on .350 hitting (20-5-40) to go along with 13 digs. Freshman setter Elaine Redman also set a career high with 56 assists.