Saluki Volleyball drops another in Missouri Valley Conference matchup against Loyola-Chicago

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Alex Washington bumps the ball in order to set up the offense during the drive during the Salukis 3-0 win over the University of South Carolina – Upstate on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 during the Saluki Invitational at the Banterra Center at SIU.

Southern Illinois battled the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers on Oct. 22 in Gentile Arena. The Ramblers took home the win after four sets in front of their home crowd.

The first set was close throughout, but the Ramblers went on a scoring run late and won the set 25-21. 

Loyola-Chicago started off the second set strong after junior hitter Addie Barnes had two important blocks to give the Ramblers momentum. Loyola-Chicago then jumped out to a 15-8 lead. 

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The Salukis started a major comeback to make the score 24-23. However, Loyola was able to score one final point and end the match 25-23.

However, SIU rallied in the third set, and won 25-16. The Salukis jumped out to a 15-9 lead and never looked back. 

Southern Illinois’ momentum wasn’t sustainable however, as the Ramblers stole the fourth set 25-21. 

The top players for SIU were junior Nataly Garcia and sophomore Alex Washington. Garcia totalled 16 kills, two assists, and eight blocks. Washington helped the Salukis with 14 kills, eight blocks, and an ace. 

Freshman setter Anna Jaworski led the game with 38 assists. Senior Katy Kluge led the team with ten digs.

The Salukis’ next game will be against Valaparaiso University on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 5 pm. 

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

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