Southern opens with Florida Gulf Coast (9 a.m.) and Auburn (4:30 p.m.) on Friday.
Southern is looking to avenge a five-set loss to the Blue Raiders at home in 2013.
Southern will play two top-20 teams (No. 11 Illinois, No. 20 North Carolina) and Long Beach State, who is receiving votes in 38th place.
Six earn presigious President's Council Academic Award
Ingram has helped guide the Saluki volleyball team to a 41-22 (.651) record in just two years in Carbondale.
Saluki Invitational All-Tournament Team
Started in 30 matches and played in 111 sets as a junior Recorded 397 kills to average 3.58 kills per set to rank second in the Missouri Valley Conference Tallied 1,109 attempts to rank seventh all-time in attempts in a season Recorded a career-high 60 attempts against Bradley (Oct. 1) Totaled 52 total blocks, including seven solos and 45 assists.
Played 104 sets in all 27 matches ranked second on the team and fifth in the MVC with 338 kills for an average of 3.25 per set the only player on the team to post 20-plus kills in multiple matches, a feat she achieved four times posted a season-best 22 kills at Bradley (Sept. 27) posted a season-best seven digs against Evansville (Sept. 30) ranked fourth on the team in blocking with 44 total blocks, including 17 solos and 27 assists.
MVC Freshman of the Week (Oct. 25)
Played in 25 matches and started eight as a true freshman saw action in 69 sets finished third on the team averaging 2.17 kills per set earned MVC Freshman of the Week honors after posting a career-high 28 kills in a win over Evansville (Oct. 22) recorded a personal-best .529 hitting percentage at Bradley (Oct. 1) finished the season with 28 total blocks, including 17 solo blocks also posted 13 digs ranked in the top-20 in the Valley in kills per set.
Helped guide her team to a 114-32 record and four regional championships during her career the Red Devils were sectional champions making it to the Elite Eight in 2009, setting new school records for single-season kills (516) and block points (212) a three-time all-conference and all-south pick including The Southern Illinoisan Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, earning Honorable Mention All-State honors as a junior and Second Team All-State honors as a senior she finished her career with 1,156 kills, second all-time in MHS history and 485 block points, first all-time at MHS and fifth all-time in the state of Illinois.
Club Team Southern Illinois Volleyball Club
Full name is Jessica Lea Whitehead majoring in sport administration born April 22, 1992 in Carbondale, Ill. has one sister, Jasmine daughter of Roosevelt and Cecelia Whitehead.