Senior Elly Braaten
Nov. 9, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa— The Southern Illinois volleyball team swept Drake Saturday night to take the season series against the Bulldogs. SIU won by scores of 25-12, 25-19 and 25-21.
Jessica Whitehead led the Salukis offensively tallying 12 kills. Fellow senior Elly Braaten recorded 11 kills on 19 swings for a season-high hitting efficiency of .474. Freshman Hannah Kaminsky dished out 38 assists.
The Salukis (15-12, 10-5 MVC) raced out to a 14-8 lead in the first set and never looked back. The Bulldogs (2-23, 0-13 MVC) struggled to slow down the Saluki system, never taking a lead during the first set. Southern went on a 5-0 run off the serve of Alex Rivera to distance themselves from Drake. SIU convincingly took the first set 25-12.
The second set of the night was a carbon copy of the first as Southern controlled the majority of the set. Drake was able to take a 3-0 lead before SIU took over, not allowing the Bulldogs an advantage for the remainder of the set. The Salukis saw their best set offensively in the second recording a .400 hitting clip.
Drake battled Southern halfway through the third set coming within one point at 18-17. Southern responded quickly with a 6-0 run to take a 24-17 lead. The Bulldogs didn’t give up answering with a 4-0 run to threaten the Saluki lead. Senior Jessica Whitehead took control, punching in a kill to put away the set and match for Southern.
Southern Illinois returns to Carbondale on Friday, Nov. 15 to host the Purple Aces of Evansville.
|Saturday, Aug 30|
|Women's Volleyball||Champaign, Ill.||L, 3-0|
|Women's Volleyball||Champaign, Ill.||L, 3-1|
|Tuesday, Sept 2|
|Women's Volleyball||Murfreesboro, Tenn.||6:00 PM|
|Friday, Sept 5|
|Women's Volleyball||Columbus, Ohio||9:00 AM|
|Women's Volleyball||Columbus, Ohio||4:30 PM|
|Sunday, Sept 7|
|Women's Volleyball||Columbus, Ohio||1:00 PM|
|Friday, Sept 12|
|Women's Volleyball||Carbondale, Ill. (SIU Arena)||11:00 AM|
|Women's Volleyball||Carbondale, Ill. (SIU Arena)||1:00 PM|
|Women's Volleyball||Carbondale, Ill. (SIU Arena)||5:00 PM|
|Women's Volleyball||Carbondale, Ill. (SIU Arena)||7:00 PM|