Nov. 1, 2013
CARBONDALE, Ill.--The Southern Illinois volleyball team had three players tally double-digit kills, but the effort wasn't enough in a 3-1 loss to Missouri State Friday night at Davies Gym.
The Salukis (12-12, 7-5 Missouri Valley Conference) fell by scores of 23-25, 25-20, 21-25, 23-25.
"The bottom line of the match was we couldn't defend tonight," said SIU head coach Justin Ingram. "Missouri State was passing well enough to get everyone involved and we didn't respond."
Missouri State (16-9, 7-5 MVC) jumped out early in the first set holding a consistent three or four point lead, never allowing Southern an advantage. The Salukis battled until the end of the set trailing by one at 23-24 but MSU punched in a kill to win the set 25-23.
The script reversed in the second set as the Salukis jumped out ahead with a five-point lead. Southern was able to hold that lead showing offensive dominance recording an impressive .407 hitting efficiency and was able to hold the Bears to a .296 clip. SIU maintained the lead to record their only set win of the night 25-20.
Southern Illinois and Missouri State traded points in the opening of the third set, with the score tying eight times and five lead changes. MSU was able to string together points in bunches to start creating a comfortable lead late in the set. The Salukis struggled to respond, dropping the set 21-25.
The final set of the match was a back-and-forth affair before the Bears found some separation, taking a five-point lead at 15-10. Southern answered with a 4-0 run followed by a 3-0 run to take a 17-16 lead. The Salukis momentum halted as Missouri State was able to capitalize on SIU errors to take back the lead. The Bears won the set 25-23 to win the match.
"We need to get back to playing with an aggressive mentality throughout the duration of the match," said Ingram. "There were too many plays that we didn't handle well enough against a team that is pretty solid."
Southern Illinois hosts Wichita State tomorrow, Saturday Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.