Sept. 16, 2006
By Shalae Schulte
OMAHA, Neb. - The Southern Illinois volleyball team suffered its first loss of the conference season Saturday night falling to Creighton, 3-1, at the Omaha Civic Center.
The Bluejays, 10-1 on the season, posted 73 kills to the Salukis' 47, hitting .230 in the four-game match.
"Creighton is a very balanced team," Winkeler added. "They played very well defensively too, adding 88 digs."
Setter Erika Bartruff tallied 37 assists and 14 digs for her second double-double of the season.
Kristy Elswick delivered another solid performance at libero with a match-high 18 digs.
"Defensively we played well," Winkeler said. "We continued to dig and block well. Our middles played well against two of the best middles in the conference."
Kelly Goc led the Bluejays with 20 kills. Amanda Cvejdlik (17), Abby Bauman (14) and Jessica Houts (15) combined for 46 kills. The outside and middle blocker duos contributing 90 percent of Creighton's offense.
"I was encouraged even though we lost," Winkeler said. "We managed 47 kills against a very good team. I saw a lot of good things we've been trying to work on, like offensively setting our middles. We've been having problems with that and improved tonight."
The Salukis, now 6-6 overall and 1-1 in the MVC, return home to Davies Gym Sept. 22-23 to take on Indiana State Friday and Illinois State Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m. CT.