The Salukis (16-14, 10-8 MVC) sailed past the Evansville Purple Aces (8-22, 4-14 MVC) with a 3-0 sweep on Friday night to close out regular season play. Efficient serves and the Salukis' dominant offense secured a final win for SIU before advancing to the MVC tournament next week.
The Salukis travel to Evansville to play in their final match of the regular season against the Evansville Purple Aces. The outcome of this weekend's matches across the Valley will determine match-ups in next week's MVC Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
The Salukis' win streak was snapped on Saturday night as SIU (15-14, 9-8 MVC) was swept by No. 3 ranked Wichita State (18-8, 12-4 MVC). After a rough 25-11 loss in the first set, the Salukis kept the score close in the second and third sets, but fell in each.
SIU came away with its fifth-straight win on Friday night in a hard-fought five-set match against Missouri State. After taking the first set, but falling in the next two, the Salukis rallied back to push the game to five sets, sealing the match 15-13 in the fifth.
Just days after being named MVC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, senior Alex Rivera was named MVC Scholar Athlete of the Week.