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    Nov. 26, 2012

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

    By Rachael Brown

    Sadly, this is the last Saluki Volleyball Diary for the 2012 season. Finishing fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season play earned us a spot in the MVC tournament where we wrapped up the season over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    On Wednesday morning, we loaded up on the bus to make the 5-hour trip to Missouri State for the MVC Tournament. Once we arrived, we had a one-hour practice to fine-tune some mechanics before the match on Thursday. Following the practice, we had our Thanksgiving meal at the hotel, which included turkey, stuffing, green beans, and mashed potatoes… yum! A few of the families who arrived early to the tournament joined the team for the meal as well making us truly feel like a Saluki Volleyball family. After the meal, it was time to watch film then hit the hay for the big match on Thanksgiving Day.

    On Thanksgiving Day, we rose bright and early to eat breakfast then attend a short thirty-minute practice from 10:03-10:33am. Following practice, there was the MVC awards ceremony where Alysia Mayes and Laura Thole were named first team all-conference and Taylor Pippen to the freshman all conference team. Alysia Mayes, Bailey Yeager and I (Rachael Brown) were also formally recognized to the MVC Volleyball Scholar -Athlete first team.

    Following the awards ceremony we went back to the hotel to rest before the 5:00 p.m. match up with the Redbirds of Illinois State. We ate at Ruby Tuesday’s for our pre-game meal; thankfully, they were open for the holiday! Unfortunately, the match did not end as we hoped as we lost to Illinois State in three sets.



    Though we ended on a sour note, there were several SIU Volleyball accomplishments to jump-start the future of SIU Volleyball. For example, we finished with the best record (21-9) since 2002 when Kristie Kemner and Britten Follett reined the Saluki Volleyball world. We also gave the only loss to the MVC regular season and tournament champions the Creighton Blue Jays. Those are just two of the many highlights, which ignited the beginning of a new tradition of Saluki Volleyball under head coach Justin Ingram and his staff.

    We would like to send a HUGE thank you to all who supported the Saluki Volleyball team during the 2012 season as well as in the past. We hope to see you again next year…. GO DAWGS!!!

    Thanksgiving dinner