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SIU volleyball defeats Central Michigan in season opener

Daily Egyptian file photo.

Daily Egyptian file photo.

By Jesse Robertson

Saluki volleyball got off on the right foot to its road back to the NCAA tournament Friday.

SIU defeated Central Michigan 3-0 in straight sets (25-21, 25-18, 25-17) to win their first game in the IUPUI Invitational in Indianapolis.

Senior hitter/setter Meg Viggars led the Salukis to victory with a team high 10 kills, 20 assists and five blocks while redshirt junior outside hitter Andrea Estrada had eight kills and team high 12 digs.

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With a team-high 23 assists, senior setter Hannah Kaminsky now has 2,626 assists all-time, just 171 away from the top five in program history.

The win improves SIU’s record in season openers to 25-17 all-time and 3-2 under head coach Justin Ingram.

MORE: SIU volleyball voted to finish third in MVC preseason poll

The Salukis look to improve to 2-0 on the year when they face Duquesne at 10 a.m. Saturday. Duquesne won its only previous matchup with the Salukis 3-0 on Aug. 31, 2013

SIU will then face the host IUPUI Jaguars at 6 p.m. in the final match of the tournament.

Staff writer Jesse Robertson can be reached at 618-536-3333.

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