Salukis drop fifth straight conference match to Evansville

By Adam Warfel, Sports Reporter

SIU (4-13, MVC 0-5) fell to Evansville University (6-12, MVC 1-6 ) in three sets (27-25, 25-18, 25-13).

Southern was looking for its first conference win against Evansville University.

The Salukis hold a 44-12 record versus the Purple Aces.

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The teams split the season series last year.

The Dawgs won five out of the last six against Evansville when playing on the road.

Evansville has lost eight straight and ten of their last 12.

Evansville is still seeking for it’s first conference win of the season as well.

The first set was close as each team took turns with kills and service errors keeping the set within reach for both teams.

A kill by freshmen setter Elena Redmond helped push Evansville out to a 11-9 lead.

A kill by Sophomore Opposite Hitter Maggie Nedoma shifted the momentum the Dawgs way and SIU pulled within one point 16-15.

Nedoma led the team in kills with ten on the night.

Southern called their first time out of the set as Evansville held a 19-16 lead.

The ninth kill of the set for junior outside hitter Rachel Tam pushed the Purple Aces lead out to 23-20.

The Salukis went on a 4-0 scoring run led by two kills from junior outside hitter Emma Baalman  pushing SIU ahead 25-24.

Two kills by senior outside hitter Midrelis Rodriguez ended the scoring run for SIU and put the Purple Aces ahead 26-25.

The Evansville Purple Aces ended up taking the first set 27-25.

Both teams opened the second set back and forth with no team claiming more than a two-point lead.

An attack error and bad set by the Purple Aces knotted the score at 9-9.

Evansville went on a 4-0 scoring run led by two kills by Tam putting them up 13-9.

Southern responded with their own 3-0 scoring run led by two kills set up by junior setter Alayna Martin putting them within two 14-12.

Martin led the team in assists finishing with 20.

Senior middle blocker Patience Brown helped pull the Salukis close with one kill.

The Purple Aces went on a 8-3 scoring run extending their largest lead of the game putting them ahead 22-15.

SIU was unable to regain momentum after the Purple Aces scoring run, as Evansville took the second set 25-18.

After both teams going back and forth in the third set, Evansville went on a 6-1 scoring run putting their lead at 9-4.

The Salukis could not get much going in the third set as the Purple Aces continued to extend their lead over them pushing it to 13-6.

Evansville continued to push their lead in the third set running out to a 19-9 lead led with two kills by Tam

Tam finished with 21 kills.

Southern was not able to gain an edge in the third set as they fell to the Purple Aces 25-13.

The Dawgs will be in action tomorrow at Indiana State with first serve being at 7 p.m.

Sports reporter Adam Warfel can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @warfel_adam.

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