Saluki volleyball wins fourth straight match

By Evan Jones, @EvanJones_DE

The SIU volleyball team (18-7, 9-3) beat Bradley (6-19, 1-12) in four sets (25-22, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14) Saturday, completing the regular season sweep of the Braves.

The Salukis led the entire first set and hit for a .385 efficiency.

The Braves won the second set, which had five ties and two lead changes. Coach Justin Ingram said his team let off the gas.

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“The second set had a stretch of points for Bradley and it was just too tough to come all the way back, but we put a good effort in,” he said. “I’m happy with our distribution. … our efficiency was well [above] our average.”

SIU hit for a .428 efficiency and tallied five blocks in the last two sets.

The Salukis hit for a .376 efficiency and tallied eight service aces in the match. The Dawgs continued their success of blocking opponents with nine total blocks. 

Sophomore middle hitter Alex Rosignol led SIU with a .692 attack efficiency. Three of her teammates also finished above .400 for the match. Four hitters for the Salukis hit for more than .400 attack efficiency. 

Sophomore outside hitter Nellie Fredriksson led the Salukis in kills with 14 on 28 attempts with two errors.

“You can tell the season is coming to an end — everyone is really tired,” Fredriksson said. “We had to really push it in the third and fourth sets. … There are no days off in this conference.” 

Junior setter Hannah Kaminsky had three service aces and 27 assists in the match.

“We tried to push the setter off the net to get their middle hitters out of the game,” she said. “Offensively our hitters are playing really well, we have to stay consistent on Monday.” 

The Salukis have five straight home matches scheduled in the next two weeks. They return home with a four-match win streak and have yet to lose two sraight matches this season.

SIU plays Missouri Valley Conference-leading Wichita State at 7 p.m. Monday in Davies Gym. 

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

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