Saluki Volleyball loses in 5 sets vs Braves

By Joseph Bernard, Staff reporter

Saluki Volleyball (5-11, 0-3 MVC) lost their 6th game in a row Friday night against the Bradley University Braves (6-8, 2-1 MVC).

The Salukis were highlighted by junior outside hitter Nataly Garcia, who led SIU in kills on the night with 21, as well as freshman setter Anna Jaworski, who led in assists with 53 and digs with 15 for the Salukis.

Also worth noting for the Salukis was senior defensive specialist Katy Kluge, who had all of SIU’s aces on the night with four and totaled 14 digs with one assist on the night.


The Braves took the first set easily, who took the first point and didn’t give up the lead throughout the set. SIU went down by a final score of 25-18 in set one. The Salukis bounced back in sets two and three however, with a 25-20 win in set two and an intense 25-23 win in set three which featured lots of lead changes and ties throughout the last couple of points to take a 2-1 lead into the fourth set.

Sets four and five didn’t go as planned for the Salukis. Set four started with the Braves taking six of the first seven points and they never looked back. The Salukis struggled offensively throughout the set and only earned 10 points to show for it. SIU took the loss 25-10 and the Braves forced a winner-take-all set five.

The two teams fought hard early throughout set five, being tied up at 4 all early in the set, but the Braves flew away with six of the next seven points to take a 10-5 lead and held on for an intense win in set five of 15-10 over the Salukis.

SIU looks to end their 6 game skid on Saturday over in Normal when they take on the Illinois State University Redbirds with a 5 p.m tip-off time.

Sports reporter Joseph Bernard can be reached at [email protected] or on twitter @Jojobernard2001. 

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