The Salukis concluded the 2014 season with their third consecutive appearance at the MVC Tournament.
The Salukis finish the 2014 season 16-15 overall, 10-8 in conference play.
SIU opens the tournament against No. 4 Missouri State at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
SIU continues on to post-season play at the MVC Tournament beginning Thanksgiving Day.
The Salukis have one regular season game remaining before heading to the MVC Tournament.
Photos from SIU's Senior Day match against Drake on Nov. 8, 2014.
Photos from SIU's volleyball match vs. Loyola on Oct. 3, 2014 at Davies Gym.
Volleyball vs. MTSU
Volleyball vs. Bradley
Volleyball vs. Missouri State
In just two seasons in Carbondale, SIU head coach Justin Ingram has rejuvenated Saluki volleyball. In his first season at SIU, Ingram led the Salukis to their first 20-win season since 2002, which included a trip to the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Championships. He followed that up in 2013 with yet another 20-win season -- the first back-to-back 20-win seasons at Southern since 1984-85 -- and SIU's first trip to the MVC title game in 11 years.
Ingram was named the seventh head coach in program history on Jan. 18, 2012, bringing 13 years of Division I coaching experience to Carbondale. Following his first two highly successful seasons at SIU, in May 2014 Ingram was rewarded with a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2017 season.
Most recently in 2013, Ingram led SIU on its furthest foray into the MVC tournament in 11 years by advancing to the title game against top-seeded Wichita State. The Shockers prevailed over the Salukis in straight sets, but the match capped off an extraordinary sophomore campaign with Ingram at the helm. The Ingram-led Salukis posted wins over five schools in the Valley that ended the season ranked in the RPI top-100 -- including three victories over 61st-ranked Northern Iowa.
It was a historic season for Southern (20-13, 13-5 MVC), as SIU's first victory over UNI on October 12 broke a 40-match slide against the Panthers that dated back to 1993. Less than one month later on November 4, the Salukis rewrote the record books yet again with their first win over Wichita State since 2001 -- a 23-match losing streak. In the tournament, SIU won its first MVC tournament game since 2002 by defeating Bradley in the first round.
Southern also earned its first MVC Freshman of the Year since 1996 (Debbie Barr) as freshman Hannah Kaminsky earned the honor in 2013. Ingram's two 2013 first-team All-MVC honorees -- Taylor Pippen and Jessica Whitehead -- gave Ingram a second-consecutive season of two first-team selections, the first time in school history at least two Salukis have been honored in consecutive seasons.
In his first season, Ingram guided the Salukis to a 21-9 overall record with a fourth-place 11-7 mark in the league. Two Salukis were named first-team All-MVC selections and one a Capital One Academic All-American.
The Salukis kicked off their banner season with a 9-0 home stand recording their longest winning streak since 1994. Southern Illinois also snapped a 19-match losing streak against Creighton on Sep. 28 and were the only Valley team to defeat the Bluejays during the 2012 season -- who went on to advance to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Under Ingram's direction, SIU finished the 2012 season ranked second in the MVC in blocks, third in assists, and fourth in hitting percentage. Senior Bailey Yeager broke the single-season digs record, recording a total of 630 digs. Sophomore setter Amy Drabant recorded 1,178 assists to rank 10th all-time in assists in a single season and senior Laura Thole recorded 1,212 attempts to rank second all-time in a single season.
Prior to SIU, Ingram spent three years as the head coach at Arkansas State, where he led the Red Wolves to an overall record of 60-33 and was named 2011 Sun Belt Coach of the Year.
Ingram led ASU to a 21-10 record and the team's third-consecutive Sun Belt West Division title during the 2011 season. His tenure in Jonesboro, Ark., saw Red Wolves players earn seven All-Conference selections, including the 2009 and 2010 Sun Belt Defensive Players of the Year.
Ingram spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Kansas State prior to ASU, serving as the Wildcats' recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator. During his time in Manhattan, Kan., K-State posted a 171-79 record, made seven NCAA Tournament appearances and posted seven 20-win seasons.
Ingram's tenure at K-State saw the Wildcats earn American Volleyball Coaches Association top-25 final rankings six different seasons, including a No. 11 final ranking in 2003 when K-State went 30-5, won a Big 12 Championship and made a Sweet 16 run.
K-State's final RPI ranked in the top-30 nationally during seven of Ingram's eight seasons with the Wildcats. He helped mentor eight All-America selections and 22 All-Big 12 selections at K-State, including four Big 12 Liberos of the Year and the 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year (Lauren Goehring).
Prior to K-State, Ingram spent two years as an assistant coach at the University of Houston. The Cougars posted a 42-24 record, tallied consecutive 20-win seasons and made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances during his time in Houston.
Houston was the Conference USA National Division champion in 1999 and the National Division runner-up in 1998 with Ingram on the staff. Ingram helped mentor six All-Conference selections at Houston, including the 1999 C-USA Player of the Year.
A native of Milwaukee, Wis., Ingram earned his bachelor's degree in Community and Regional Planning from Iowa State University in 1995 and a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1998.
Coach Ingram's SIU Career Highlights (Two Seasons)
41-22 overall record at SIU (.651 winning percentage)
24-12 MVC record (.667)
2-2 in the Valley tournament, which included SIU's first trip to the MVC title game in 11 years (2002)
Four MVC First-Team All-Conference honorees
Four MVC Scholar-Athletes
Three MVC All-Freshmen honorees
2013 MVC Freshman of the Year (Hannah Kaminsky); first from SIU in 17 years (Debbie Barr, 1996)
Three MVC All-Tournament members: Taylor Pippen (2012), Alex Rivera (2013) and Jessica Whitehead (2013)
One Academic All-American (Bailey Yeager, 2012, third-team)
Two Academic All-District honors (Alysia Mayes and Bailey Yeager, 2012)
|Ingram's Head Coaching Record|
|2013||Southern Illinois||20-13||13-5 (3rd MVC)||MVC Tourn. Runner-Up/4 All-Conf./MVC Fr. of the Year|
|2012||Southern Illinois||21-9||11-7 (4th MVC)||3 All-Conf. Players/Capital One Academic All-American|
|2011||Arkansas State||21-10||12-4 (1st West Div.)||Sun Belt Coach of the Year/3 All-Conf Players|
|2010||Arkansas State||17-12||11-5 (1st West Div.)||2 All-Conf. Players/Sun Belt Defensive POY|
|2009||Arkansas State||22-11||12-6 (1st West Div.)||2 All-Conf. Players/Sun Belt Defensive POY|
|Ingram's Assistant Coaching Record|
|2008||Kansas State||24-8||14-6 (3rd)||NCAA Tourn. 1st Rd./AVCA No 20 Final Ranking|
|2007||Kansas State||23-9||14-6 (3rd)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd./AVCA No. 16 Final Ranking|
|2006||Kansas State||12-18||4-16 (10th)|
|2005||Kansas State||21-11||11-9 (4th)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd./AVCA No. 24 Final Ranking|
|2004||Kansas State||20-11||13-7 (5th)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd. Rd.|
|2003||Kansas State||30-5||18-2 (1st)||NCAA Tourn. Sweet 16/AVCA No. 11 Final Ranking|
|2002||Kansas State||21-9||16-4 (2nd)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd./AVCA No. 22 Final Ranking|
|2001||Kansas State||20-8||15-5 (3rd)||NCAA Tourn. 2nd Rd./AVCA No 18 Final Ranking|
|1999||Houston||21-11||13-3 (1st National Div.)||NCAA 1st Rd.|
|1998||Houston||21-13||11-5 (2nd National Div.)||NCAA 1st Rd.|