Saluki volleyball stomp Sycamores

By Evan Jones, @EvanJones_DE

The SIU volleyball team (14-6, 5-2) beat Indiana State (13-10, 2-6) in four sets Friday (25-9, 25-22, 25-20, 26-24).

The Salukis started out the match taking advantage of Indiana State’s eight attack errors in the first set. The Salukis committed two.

“We came out with great energy,” junior setter Meg Viggars said. “We’re hoping to take this into Bloomington tomorrow night.”

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Viggars finished the match with a triple-double, tallying 15 kills, 19 assists and 11 digs. 

Coach Justin Ingram knew the the team had to defend Sycamore setter Erika Nord and her dump set, which is when the setter attacks on the second touch.

The Salukis were able to dig six of Nord’s seven attack attempts.

“The dump set won’t win you the game,” Ingram said. “It will steal precious points — and we don’t want that to happen.” 

The Sycamores accumulated 48 total errors in the match. Ingram said he did not expect that many.

Senior middle Taylor Pippen finished the match with 10 kills on 18 attempts, continuing her success of hitting efficiently.

“It was a great team effort tonight,” Pippen said. “I’m really proud of how we fought at the end.”

Pippen holds the SIU career attack efficiency record of .334 at the beginning of the season. 

The SIU Volleyball team travels to play Illinois State at 7 p.m. Saturday at Redbird Arena in Bloomington. SIU is trying for its first weekend sweep of Indiana State and Illinois State since 2008.

Evan Jones can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @EvanJones_DE

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