Salukis bounce back after losing first game of Saluki Invitational

By Cole Daily, Staff Reporter

The Southern Illinois women’s volleyball team hosted the Saluki Invitational on September 10 and 11.

In their first contest against the Panthers, they lost in five sets, where it was a battle. The Salukis won the first two sets, but the Panthers stormed back to win three in a row.

Eastern Illinois senior hitter Danielle Allen led all players with 22 kills, while sophomore Tatum Tornatta led SIU with 18.

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Freshman setter Anna Jaworski led all players with 54 assists.

SIU won their second match in a three set sweep. The Salukis led the game in nearly every statistical category, aside from blocks where USCU totaled nine to SIU’s five.

Sophomore Nsia Gittens led the way with 14 kills, with Jaworski added on 33 assists. Senior Katy Kluge gave the team a defensive burst with 13 digs in the game.

The Salukis led the whole match against Alabama State and won in three sets. The most the Hornets scored in a set was 15.

Gittens had 16 kills to lead the game. Kluge had four aces to help the team, and Jaworski totaled 28 assists.

The Salukis play their next game Friday, September 17 against Central Arkansas at 1 pm in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Sports Reporter Cole Daily can be reached at [email protected]

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