PEORIA, Ill. -- Junior Alise Tupuritis (Des Plaines, Ill./Maine West) turned in her fourth double-double, but Bradley couldn't overcome six aces and 12 blocks by Missouri State as the Bears swept the Braves 25-18, 25-19, 25-19 Saturday at Renaissance Coliseum.
Tupuritis led Bradley (6-9 overall, 0-5 MVC) with 10 kills in addition to collecting 10 digs and three blocks in the loss, while junior Lauren Zerante (Elmhurst, Ill./York) led the BU defensive efforts with a match-high 15 digs. Sophomore Courtney Keefe (Lemont, Ill./Lemont) added nine kills and 10 digs.
Missouri State (9-8 overall, 4-2 MVC) got off to a hot start, hitting .379 in the opening set and never trailed in a 25-18 win. Andrea Beaty led the Bears' first-set attack, recording five kills on five swings.
The Braves held an 8-7 lead in the second set, when Beaty contributed to three straight points with back-to-back blocks and a kill before Shelby Strange capped a 5-0 MSU run with back-to-back aces to put Missouri State in front 12-8. Bradley pulled with three points at 22-19 on an Amy Angelos (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan) kill, but Christine McCartney answered with a kill and a block before Kaitlin Jaeger sealed a 25-19 Missouri State win with a kill.
Bradley trailed by as many as six points early in the third set, before battling back to pull within two points (19-17) on another Angelos kill. Missouri State scored when an overpass found the floor to put the Bears in front 20-17. Beaty and Amber Doolittle, who had nine block assists, combined for a block to push the MSU advantage to four (21-17). The Bears would record two more blocks down the stretch, using a 6-2 spurt to close out the match with a 25-19 victory.
Angelos and senior Madelyn Ervin (Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) each had seven kills to help lead Bradley offensively. Zerante notched eight of her match-high 15 digs in the final set.
Beaty hit .476 for Missouri State and matched teammate Kaitlin Jaeger for match-high honors with 12 kills. The Bears had three aces and six blocks in the second set, finishing the match with six aces and 12 total blocks in the sweep.
Bradley returns to action Friday, playing a 7 p.m. match at Drake in Des Moines, Iowa.