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    Nov. 1, 2008

    Box Score

    Beth Miller

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois volleyball team defeated Bradley in three sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-18).

    The Salukis (15-8, 5-7 MVC) came out strong in the first set, maintaining a lead over the Braves (1-12, 5-21 MVC) for a 25-19 victory. Jennifer Berwanger went 4 for 12 in the first set, hitting .333 to lead the Salukis, while Brooklyn Robbins posted all eight of team's assists in the first set.

    The momentum carried into the second set with the Salukis capturing the first two points for a 2-0 lead. The Braves tied the match later in the set, but the Salukis held on for a 25-22 win. After the second set, both teams were hitting .129 but the Braves were leading in digs, kills, and assists.

    SIU grabbed the match win with a 25-18 third-set victory over the Braves. The Salukis hit .206 while holding Bradley to .171. J. Berwanger led the team in hitting with .241, while Kristy Elswick posted 11 digs, the highest of the night for either team.

    "I thought we played kind of lackluster, but well enough to win a ballgame," said head coach Brenda Winkeler. "Kristie Berwanger and Marina Medic came off the bench and gave us a spark offensively."

    This weekend was the 50th Anniversary celebration for Saluki volleyball. Former coaches and players were in attendance for recognition of their contributions to the program over the years. Sonya Locke, JoAnne Thorpe and Charlotte West were some of the former coaches who showed up the celebration, while more recent players such as Haley Hann, Johannah Yutzy and Jene' Pulliam were also in attendance.



    "It's been a lot of fun having everyone back this weekend," said Winkeler. "Especially the kids that have played with them, it was special for them to see the team play."

    The Salukis will be back in action next weekend as they travel to Wichita State on Friday, Nov. 7 and Missouri State on Saturday, Nov. 8.