Salukis shut out Indiana State in MVC opener

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    Freshman setter Hannah Kaminsky
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    Sept. 20, 2013

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    TERRE HAUTE, Ind.--The Southern Illinois volleyball team topped Indiana State Friday night at ISU Arena to record its first conference win this season.

    The Salukis (6-7, 1-0 MVC) kicked-off MVC play putting away the Sycamores (5-6, 0-1 MVC) in three sets 25-22, 29-27 and 25-20 to record their third sweep of the season.

    "Indiana State played really well tonight and I thought we played really well too, it was a great match," said SIU head coach Justin Ingram.

    The first two sets of the night proved to be a back and forth contest between the conference foes. Southern Illinois and ISU tied the score a total of 24 times in the opening sets.

    Southern Illinois and ISU held a first set tie at 22 points apiece before the Sycamores committed two attack errors to give SIU the 24-22 advantage. Freshman Meg Viggars capitalized on the set-point opportunity and knocked in a kill to give the Salukis a 25-22 first set win.

    "As the sets were ending it was a matter of us finding the right hitter and having success offensively," Ingram said.

    The script was much the same in the second set as Indiana State forced the Salukis to extra points. The two teams were at a stalemate at 27 points until two consecutive kills by senior Jessica Whitehead sealed the second set victory.

    The teams again battled through midway in the third set until the Saluki defense was able to slow down the Indiana State attack. The Salukis were able to hold off Indiana State 25-20 to win the set and match.

    Jessica Whitehead had another stellar night recording a total of 17 kills to average 5.6 per set.


     

     

    "Jess (Whitehead) had another unreal night for us," said Ingram. "She had some great attacks and was really in sync with Hannah Kaminsky, and that has proven hard for the opposing defense."

    Kaminsky, the freshman setter, was on-point dishing out 37 of the Salukis 46 assists.

    "Hannah Kaminsky is a competitor and she is doing an excellent job with distribution and her location; we have been really pleased with her."

    The Salukis have the day off Saturday before retuning to the court for a Sunday match at Illinois State. SIU and the Redbirds will get underway at 1:05 p.m.

    "Our system is outstanding and we need to be consistent with that on Sunday and put out a great product."

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