Saluki Diary Week 10- Rachael Brown

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    Oct. 15, 2012

    This is the tenth weekly installment of diaries from the 2012 Saluki volleyball team.

    By Rachael Brown

    After an exceptional win against Evansville last Friday the Salukis earned a well deserved break from the gym for a few days during SIU’s fall break. Once Tuesday rolled around, it was back to business in the gym to prepare for our trip to Bradley and University of Northern Iowa (UNI).

    Throughout the week of practice, we put extra focus on our blocking, serving, passing and hitting rhythms. There are no “easy” matches in the Missouri Valley Conference, we knew in the upcoming weekend each team would bring different challenges, but our focus was on Bradley first and defending their line attackers.

    Our first match of the weekend was against Bradley on Friday night at 6pm. We played at an earlier time on Friday due Bradley’s basketball teams having their season kickoff after our match as part of their homecoming festivities. The Salukis got off to a slow start losing the first set 18-25. In the second and third sets, we came out with more intensity and energy taking them 25-17 and 25-23 respectively. The Braves got on an early run in the fourth set and we let the fourth set slip, 21-25. All season long, we have been a “fighting” team, and we proved that true in the fifth set of this MVC battle winning the deciding game 15-9. In attendance at the Bradley match was SIU Volleyball Hall of Famer Kristie Kemner. She previously talked to the volleyball team in the spring about her athletic experience and success at SIU when she was in Carbondale for her induction into the SIU Hall of Fame. After the match, she gave us some more motivational words for the remainder of the season. It was great to see her reaction and enthusiasm in response to our hard fought match; she has truly been an inspiration for our team this year. Thanks Kristie! After the Bradley match we packed up and hit the road for UNI.


     

     

    We arrived at the hotel in Cedar Falls, Iowa around 1 a.m. and hit the pillows to rest up for our 7pm match up with the Panthers.  This game day consisted of breakfast at Panera, a light lunch at HyVee, film session before our pass and serve practice, followed by a pregame meal at Texas Roadhouse and back to the McLeod Center for the “Dig for the Cure” MVC matchup. The Salukis once again got off to a slow start losing the first and second sets 15-25 and 20-25. The third set was the hardest-fought battle, but we still had a difficult time getting in our Saluki rhythm, which has led to our success thus far in the season, as we were downed in the final set 21-25. After the disappointing loss against the Panthers, we began our 8-hour journey back to Carbondale.

    At the end of the first half of Missouri Valley Conference play we stand with a record of 16-4 overall and 6-3 in the MVC, earning us a fourth place spot in conference. Though the first half of conference play has concluded, there is no time for a break as we face Wichita State and Missouri State for the second time this season at Davies Gym on Friday and Saturday. The Salukis are looking to avenge the previous losses we had on the road and continue our undefeated record at home this season.

    Come out and support your Volleyball Salukis at Davies Gym on Friday and Saturday October 19 and 20 at 7pm. GO DAWGS!


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