Saluki volleyball falls to Evansville


Junior opposite hitter, Emma Baalman, spikes the ball, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, during the Saluki’s 3-1 win againt the Indiana Sycamores, at Davies Gym. (Isabel Miller | @IsabelMillerDE)

By Adam Warfel, Sports Reporter

Saluki volleyball (5-22, MVC 1-13) fell to the University of Evansville (9-19, MVC 3-12) in three sets (25-16, 25-18,25-12).

The Dawgs team were looking to build off their win from yesterday against Indiana State after dropping 14 straight matches.

Southern holds a 44-13 advantage all-time against the Purple Aces, but Evansville has won two in a row over SIU.


Evansville has lost four straight and six out of their last seven coming into the match against the Salukis.

The Aces ran out to a fast start early in the first set after two kills giving them the early lead 4-1.

A service ace and kill by junior outside hitter Rachel Tam paired with a kill by teammate freshman outside hitter Alondra Vazquez pushed the Purple Aces lead to 8-3.

The Salukis came back with their own run to pull within one of Evansville led with kills by senior middle blocker Patience Brown and sophomore setter hitter Rachel Maguire.

Brown finished with five kills and three digs.

After a kill by Vazquez, the Aces pushed their lead out to 16-13 in the first set.

Vazquez finished with 11 points and nine kills.


After a block by junior middle hitter Lindsey Paulsen, the Dawgs pulled back within one to make it 17-16.

A service ace by Tam and two kills by Vazquez pushed Evansville to a 22-16 lead.

Tam finished with 15 kills and 19.5 points for the Purple Aces.

The Purple Aces claimed the first set after an ace by Tam with a score of 25-16.

After the first set the Salukis recognized all of their volleyball alumni for their homecoming.

After a block by Paulsen, Southern was behind 3-2 in the second set.

The Salukis pulled within three after a kill by Paulsen and two attack errors on Evansville making it 9-6.

After a long rally Maguire finishes it with a kill to make it 13-9 with Evansville leading.

SIU called a timeout in the second set as the Aces had pushed their lead out to 18-12.

Southern pulled within six after attack errors and a bad set by Evansville to make it 22-16.

The University of Evansville claimed the second set 25-18.

The Salukis started the third set with a 4-2 lead off an attack error and a service error by the Aces

After four kills and a attack error by Brown, Evansville took the lead 8-5.

Two kills by senior outside hitter Mildrelis Rodriguez and a kill by Tam made the Evansville lead 13-7.

A kill by Tam and an ace by Rodriguez made the lead 19-9 for the Purple Aces.

An ace by Tam concluded the third set with a win for Evansville 25-12.

The Salukis will be back in action Friday, Nov. 9 at Drake with first serve set for 7 p.m.

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

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