Salukis fall to Creighton in four sets.

    Southern Illinois couldn't capitalize on their first set win falling to the Bluejays in four sets Saturday afternoon.

    Southern Illinois couldn't capitalize on their first set win falling to the Bluejays in four sets Saturday afternoon.
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    Oct. 27, 2012

    Box Score

    By Robin Thuringer

    OMAHA, Neb.-- The Southern Illinois volleyball team dropped their final match of the weekend to Creighton Saturday afternoon falling in four sets, 27-25, 21-25, 23-25, and 18-25.

    Creighton entered the match looking to avenge their only Missouri Valley Conference loss that came courtesy of the Salukis on September 28.

    Southern Illinois (18-6, 8-5 MVC) and Creighton (20-3, 11-1 MVC) wasted no time in the first set battling on each possession to take the set into extra points. The Salukis were resilient, holding on to win the set 27-25.

    The Salukis jumped out again in the second set taking a lead at 10-7 forcing the Jays to call a timeout to regroup. The Jays came back taking the game to a 12-12 tie. Creighton continued to hold an advantage throughout the set holding a steady three-point lead. The Jays went to set-point at 24-20. A long back-and-forth rally ended in the Salukis favor taking the game to 24-21. Creighton was able to hold off the Salukis winning 25-21, tying the game at a set apiece.

    The third set began in the same fashion as the second set with the two teams trading points to a mid-set tie. The Salukis found success off the Creighton serve going up 16-13. The Jays took a timeout looking for a momentum shift. Pippen denied CU knocking in a kill, putting the Salukis up four points. SIU and Creighton dueled to a 23-23 tie. The duo of Kelli Browning and Megan Bober teamed up to block Southern's final attempts closing out the third set on Southern Illinois 25-23.

    Creighton took control of the fourth set forcing Southern to hit negatively in the opening of the set. CU jumped out to hold a five-point lead and continued to keep their distance from the Salukis until the end of the set. The Bluejays took the final set 25-18 to also claim the match.

    Alysia Mayes led the Salukis offensively with 17 kills for a hitting clip of .324. Laura Thole followed with 15 kills and Jessica Whitehead tipped in 14 kills. Amy Drabantrecorded 51 assists. Yeager led in the backcourt with 30 digs.



    Southern Illinois continues their road trip traveling to Evansville on Friday.