Junior Allie Brak became just the 14th player in Truman history to reach 1,000 career kills, and it was her 15 on Saturday night that led all Bulldogs in a 3-0 sweep of Drury in Pershing Arena. Brak needed 14 kills to reach 1,000 coming into the match. She etched her name into Truman history with the 23rd point of the third set, as she hammered home a Meghan Zimmerman set to hit the mark.
On the night, the native of The Colony, Texas, hit .282 with 15 kills and eight digs, while also adding a service ace for 16 total points. The match was tightly contested through the first two sets, as Drury (10-11, 5-6 GLVC) gave the 17th-ranked Bulldogs (16-5, 10-1 GLVC) all they could handle before the intermission.
The Panthers held leads of 23-21 and 24-23 in the first set, before Truman rallied to score four of the final five points for a 27-25 opening set win. Then, in the second set, Drury led throughout but only by as many as three points, as Truman recovered to hold set point twice at 24-23 and 25-24. DU would score two straight on a pair of Truman miscues, but a Panther service error, a double block by Ali Patterson and Abby Heise, and a Patterson kill gave Truman a 28-26 decision. After the teams played to a 12-12 tie in the third set, the Bulldogs hit the gas and posted a 9-2 run to lead 21-14.
DU would never get closer than six points the rest of the way, as Truman won its 16th match of the season and 10th in a row.Jessye Maurer landed eight kills on a .273 attack line, while both Heise and Patterson chipped in six kills apiece.
Emilee Walters grabbed top blocking honors with four, with Zimmerman piloting the Bulldog offense with 35 assists.
Abby Moser led all 'Dogs with 14 digs, with Heather Hargadine also reaching double-figures with 10. Truman hit. 261 on the night and benefited from 14 DU service errors. The Bulldogs out-blocked the Panthers 6-2. The Bulldogs will now await official word from the GLVC office as to its opponents for next weekend's GLVC/GLIAC Crossover event in Aurora, Ill., on Oct. 25-26.
Truman will face three GLIAC schools during the two day event.