Saluki volleyball drops eighth straight loss to Indiana State

By Adam Warfel, Sports reporter

Southern (4-15, MVC 0-6) fell to the Indiana State Sycamores (8-10, MVC 1-5) in three sets (31-29, 25-20, 25-23).

The Salukis were still searching for their first conference win as they fell yesterday to Evansville in three sets.

SIU leads Indiana State all-time in the series between the teams 52-18-1.

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The Salukis have won five out of their last six against the Sycamores.

Indiana State has lost seven of their last eight matches and is still looking for their first conference win.

In the first set of the match kills and errors by both teams kept the score close at 4-4 each.

SIU then went on a 4-0 scoring run led by a kill by sophomore opposite hitter Maggie Nedoma and a kill from Lindsey Paulsen extending Southern’s lead to 8-4.

Indiana State responded to the scoring run with a 7-0 scoring run of their own tying the set back up at 17-17.

A kill by Patience Brown put Southern ahead 22-21.

Patience Brown finished with six kills and three blocks.

The whole first set was a back and forth affair, but SIU was unable to close it out ultimately falling in the first set to the Sycamores 31-29.

Indiana State opened the second set pushing out to an 8-4 lead early led by two kills from sophomore outside hitter Nikki White.

Nikki White finished with nine kills and nine digs for the Sycamores.

The Sycamores continued to push their lead out extending it to their largest lead of the set 18-11.

Southern responded with a 7-1 scoring run pulling them within one at 19-18.

The scoring run was started by a kill by junior opposite hitter Emma Baalman and ended with a kill by junior middle blocker Cassie Kawa of Indiana State.

Baalman finished with three blocks and one kill.

SIU was only able to score once more as Indiana State won the second set 25-20.

As they opened the third set, two kills by sophomore setter/hitter Rachel Maguire knotted the score up at 3-3.

The Salukis were able to open up a 9-6  lead with two kills by junior middle hitter Lindsey Paulsen.

SIU was able to push out to a 15-10 lead, with kills by Maguire and freshmen middle hitter Paige Yoder.

As Indiana State called the first timeout of the third set Southern led 20-16..

The Sycamores were able to come back as they tied the score at 23-23.

Two attack errors by Nedoma and a kill by Indiana State resulted in the Sycamores winning the third set 25-23.

The Salukis will be back in action Friday, Oct. 12 at Davies Gym against the University of Northern Iowa.

Southern will be searching for their first conference win as first serve is at 6 p.m.

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

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