By Matthew Schneider
On Saturday the Salukis looked to pick up a win after losing to Wichita State on Monday. The would take on the Evansville Purple Aces. Evansville is last place in the Missouri Valley Conference and is 0-8 in MVC play. SIU is 6-2 in the Valley. SIU hadn’t lost to Evansville at home since Nov. 10, 2006. Their lost loss to Evansville was a 3-0 defeat on Nov. 28, 2011 in Evansville.
The first set the Salukis had no trouble winning easily 25-14. Abby Barrow led the way with five kills. Meg Viggars and Hannah Kaminsky led the wat with six assists each. The Purple Aces came out of the gate slow and they were never able to get back into the opening set. Joselyn Coronel, Cathy Schreiber, and Mildrelis Rodriguez each had three kills. Jelena Merseli led the Purple Aces with six assists.
The second set was a lot closer for Evansville, but the Salukis still won the set 25-23. The Salukis had a total of 24 kills in the second set and were led by Barrow with six kills. Meg Viggars and Alex Rosignol each contributed with four kills each. Meg Viggars also led the team with eleven assists in the second set and Hannah Kaminsky contributed ten assists as well. Mildrelis Rodriguez led Evansville with seven kills. Cathy Schreiber added six kills in what was the best set played by the Purple Aces.
The third set was mostly dominated by Southern Illinois 25-18. Meg Viggars and Abby Barrow had another good set and Alex Rosignol came alive in the second set.
Southern Illinois won the match in straight sets and improved to 16-7 overall and 7-2 in the MVC. Evansville fell to 4-18 and is still without a win in the MVC at 0-9. Abby Barrow had a great game by leading the team in kills. Hannah Kaminsky added two aces and Viggars added another for a solid game from SIU. Rodriguez tried everything she could to try and keep Evansville relevant in the match, but it was no match against the second best team in the Missouri Valley.
Evansville will travel to Northern Iowa and Drake for back-to back matches on October 21st and 22nd before heading home to Bradley on the 28th. SIU will to Drake and then Northern Iowa for back-to-back matches on October 21st and 22nd. They will return home to face Loyola and Bradley for back-to-back matches on the 28th and 29th.both those games will be at Davies Gym and will start at 7 o’clock. You can also listen to those on WIDB.net The Revolution.