Offense dominates in Volleyball's win over Evansville

    Alysia Mayes recorded 16 kills on 19 attempts to post a career-high hitting efficiency of .842.

    Alysia Mayes recorded 16 kills on 19 attempts to post a career-high hitting efficiency of .842.
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    Oct. 5, 2012

    Box Score

    By Robin Thuringer

    CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University volleyball team made quick work of Evansville in their annual Dig for the Cure night as they defeated the Purple Aces 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-18) Friday night at Davies Gym.

    "You have to give the girls credit, they were incredibly focused tonight and really capitalized on all the small opportunities they were given," said SIU head coach Justin Ingram.

    SIU's (15-3, 5-2 MVC) offense was the story of the night as the team finished with a hitting percentage of .441. Evansville (7-13, 2-5 MVC) had no answer for Alysia Mayes who came out swinging with 16 kills on 19 attempts to post a career-high hitting efficiency of .842. Mayes now enters the SIU record book ranking third all-time for a single match hitting percentage.

    "Alysia (Mayes) is a special player and she really showed her talents tonight," said Ingram. "She got 16 kills on 19 attempts with no errors, that is something you don't see very often."

    Laura Thole and Jessica Whitehead also had impressive showings offensively. Thole knocked in 10 kills for a .435 hitting clip while Jessica Whitehead added 12 kills. Amy Drabant set up the Saluki hitters recording 42 assists. Bailey Yeager totaled 20 digs.

    Southern showed poise and confidence holding control of the entire match. Evansville could not keep up with the fast-pace play of SIU. The Salukis held a significant lead in the first two sets shutting down the Purple Aces convincingly 25-10 and 25-15.

    The third set saw the most contention of the night as Evansville came within four points of SIU on a few occasions. UE tied Southern twice but never took a lead. The Saluki offense picked up again stopping the Aces surge. Southern Illinois closed out the set 25-18 to take the match in three sets.



    The Salukis are back on the road next weekend when they travel to play Bradley on Friday and Northern Iowa on Saturday.