Wichita State tops Volleyball 3-1

    The Salukis drop their first home match of the season Friday night in four sets.

    The Salukis drop their first home match of the season Friday night in four sets.
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    Oct. 19, 2012

    Box Score

    By Robin Thuringer

    CARBONDALE, Ill.-- The Southern Illinois volleyball team's early lead fell short in a 3-1 loss to Wichita State in Missouri Valley Conference action Friday night at Davies Gym.

    The Salukis (16-5, 6-4 MVC) held their own in the first set winning 25-23 but dropped the final three sets to Wichita State 18-25, 15-25, and 20-25.

    “We thought we had a good game plan going in and our efforts in the first set showed that,” said SIU head coach Justin Ingram. “The issue is as the match went on our relationships were poor with defending two of their outside hitters.”

    Southern stuck with the Shockers (15-5, 8-2 MVC) throughout the first set edging out WSU with back-to-back kills by senior Laura Thole to take the set. The Salukis struggled in the final three sets of the match only taking a lead four times.

    Wichita State showed strength on both sides of the ball outhitting the Salukis .372 to .200 and forcing Southern to commit 26 hitting errors.

    The second set opened with the two teams trading points. The Salukis were down 10-11 when Wichita went on a 3-0 run from a trio of attackers. SIU responded with two points but the Shockers took control of the rest of the set pulling away to win 25-18.

    The third set started in the same fashion with Southern and Wichita going back and forth. The Shockers broke away on a six-point unanswered run in the middle of the set. Alysia Mayes responded with a kill but Wichita continued to dominate the Salukis going on two more multiple point runs to close out the set 25-15.

    “As the match progressed they got hotter and hotter and we weren’t defending them at the level we needed to.”



    The Shockers attackers were able to dismantle SIU in the final set taking a late run off kills from four different players to hold a lead at 23-16. Jessica Whitehead stepped up at the net recording two late kills to try to bring the Salukis within striking distance but SIU found itself in a four-point deficit at WSU’s match point. Wichita State won the final set and match 25-20.

    Junior Jessica Whitehead led the Saluki offense with 19 kills while senior Laura Thole followed with 18 kills on the night. Amy Drabant tallied 50 assists and Bailey Yeager recorded 28 digs.

    The Salukis return to Davies Gym tomorrow night hosting Missouri State at 7 p.m.