Salukis win thrilling five-set match at Missouri State

    Freshman Meg Viggars recorded a double-double tallying 11 kills and 16 digs.

    Freshman Meg Viggars recorded a double-double tallying 11 kills and 16 digs.
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    Oct. 5, 2013

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    CARBONDALE, Ill.--The Southern Illinois University volleyball team topped Missouri State in five sets (21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 24-26, 17-15) on Saturday night to record its first win in Springfield, Mo. since the 1998 season.

    With the victory, the Salukis now improve to 8-10 (3-3 MVC) while Missouri State drops to 10-7 (2-3 MVC).

    Jessica Whitehead captained the Saluki offense recording 21 kills. Sophomore Taylor Pippen had a productive night tallying 18 kills, two digs, one solo block, and three block assists. Elly Braaten and Meg Viggars also contributed double digit kills recording 13 and 11, respectively. Freshman Hannah Kaminsky dished out a career-high 57 assists.

    Southern Illinois dropped the first set of the match only holding two leads in the opening of the set. The Bears were able to distance themselves and hold Southern off and take the set 25-21.

    The Salukis returned to the court in the second set ready to battle Missouri State. SIU jumped out ahead on a 7-0 run off the serve of Meg Viggars. Elly Braaten and Taylor Pippen added support at the net, killing five of the seven points to put SIU out front with an 8-2 lead. The Bears chipped their way back into the game compiling two significant, multiple-point runs to tie the score at 18. Southern was able to hold onto the set, 25-23, to even the score.



    Both teams struggled to hold an advantage in the opening of the third set, as the score tied 11 times. The latest tie came at 20 apiece when Jessica Whitehead knocked in three kills followed by a kill from Hannah Kaminsky to give SIU the momentum to close out the set 25-22 to lead the Bears 2-1.

    Missouri State was able to squeeze out of the fourth set with an extra point, 26-24 win to force a fifth set. Each team went on a late-set rally to take the set to a tie at 24-all. Two attack errors by the Salukis ended the set in favor of the home team.

    The fifth set was no different with the fate of the match being decided by the last two points. Saluki seniors Jessica Whitehead and Elly Braaten took control each punching in a kill to top the Bears on their home court for the first time in 15 years.

    Southern Illinois returns to Davies Gym next weekend for its only home matches in the month of October. SIU will play Drake on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. and UNI on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m.