Volleyball lets SEMO slip away in five-set loss

    Senior Jessica Whitehead finished the weekend with 46 kills to average 4.18 per set.

    Senior Jessica Whitehead finished the weekend with 46 kills to average 4.18 per set.
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    Sep 7, 2013

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    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.

    Senior Jessica Whitehead finished her productive weekend tallying 28 kills in the match to lead the Saluki offense. Emily Less posted a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs.



    With Saturday's win, Southeast Missouri snapped a four-game losing streak to SIU dating back to 2008.

    The Salukis return home to host Saint Louis University on Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.