Senior Jessica Whitehead finished the weekend with 46 kills to average 4.18 per set.
Sep 7, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan.--The Southern Illinois (2-5) volleyball team wrapped up tournament play at the Kansas State Invitational Saturday afternoon with a five-set loss over regional rival, Southeast Missouri State (4-2).
Southern Illinois matched its tournament record from the previous weekend, finishing 1-2.
SIU began the match without a trace of Friday night's setback, outhitting SEMO .261 to .156 on the way to the first set win of the day. The Salukis took an early lead with a 7-0 run and continued the pace to hold off the Redhawks, 25-21.
SEMO evened the score in the second set coming out scoring four unanswered points before Taylor Pippen stopped the run. The rivals traded points before Southeast closed out the set on a 7-0 run to put away set two, 25-21.
Once again, the Salukis built momentum early, taking a quick 7-1 lead but this time it wouldn't stick. The score tied six times until each team held 17 points. Southern regrouped and scored five consecutive points to take the third set from SEMO, 25-20.
The fourth set of the match was a battle down to the final point as the score tied 11 times with seven lead changes. The SEMO offense proved efficient posting a hitting clip of .200. SIU tallied 15 kills on 47 attempts for a .085 percentage. The Redhawks took the set 25-23.
Southeast Missouri pulled away with the final set, 15-10, as Southern found itself struggling offensively recording only five kills on 26 attempts.
The Salukis return home to host Saint Louis University on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.