Senior Alysia Mayes led the Salukis with 15 kills, five block assists, and two service aces.
Sept. 15, 2012
By Robin Thuringer
CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois University volleyball team defeated Illinois State Saturday afternoon sweeping the Redbirds 25-21, 25-16, 25-23 to win their second conference match of the weekend.
Southern Illinois (11-1, 2-0 MVC) has now won their 11th straight game. This ties the programs longest winning streak, which occurred in the beginning of the 2009 season.
“We entered each match with high expectations and this is what we are supposed to be doing,” said SIU head coach Justin Ingram. “Today we played with great composure and played pretty steady.”
Senior middle blocker Alysia Mayes led the Salukis with 15 kills, two service aces, five block assists, and one solo block to assist in the win. Mayes recorded a .464 hitting clip in the three sets of play.
The first set of the afternoon was a back and forth battle between the conference foes. Illinois State (7-5, 1-1 MVC) and Southern Illinois traded the lead three times and tied a total of five times. The Salukis showed control at the line putting pressure on ISU to gain a late lead. Freshman Taylor Pippen and sophomore Amy Drabant denied Illinois State a kill, closing out the first set with a stuff block.
“Once we start putting on serving pressure the other team finds themselves in trouble we are able to have success, and hopefully we can continue to do that.”
Southern dominated Illinois State in the final two sets of the match. The Salukis allowed one lead change during the course of the final two sets. The Salukis shined in the second set outhitting their opponent .394 to .133 to shutdown the Redbirds 25-16.
Elly Braaten set up Southern for an early lead in the third set, serving seven consecutive times to give the Salukis a 9-2 lead. Illinois State tried to come back from their two-set deficient but could not combat the Salukis momentum only taking the lead from SIU one time. Alysia Mayes killed the last point for the Salukis to secure the sweep for Southern.
“I thought we were able to put some good hands up throughout the course of the match and it made it easier for our back row defenders to get some of those key digs,” said Ingram.
Southern Illinois continues Valley play when they travel to Missouri State and Wichita State next Friday and Saturday.