By: Steve Maves
In a matchup of two equal teams the Loyola Ramblers were able to come out on top 3-1 over the Southern Illinois Salukis on Saturday night in Carbondale.
In the first set it was SIU that go out to the quick lead and led for the most of the set. Much of the set saw the teams in a back and forth battle and neither team really able to get a rally going. Unlike in Friday night’s game against Bradley, SIU came out firing and were able to use the momentum from that game to start quick on Saturday. The Salukis were able to force the Ramblers into using their timeouts early in the set, which made it tough for Loyola to stop the Salukis later on. SIU used their momentum and pulled away with a 25-19 first set win.
In the second set SIU found themselves behind early 3-1, but scored four unanswered points to take a 5-4 lead. The Salukis were able to gain back momentum after falling behind early by getting big key blocks and kills from the front line. After a little spark by SIU the Ramblers retained the edge and with the help of two straight aces forced head coach Justin Ingram to call a timeout with his team trailing 13-11. The stoppage of play didn’t seem to help SIU as they fell behind 19-15 before the team used their final timeout. Though the Salukis were able to get the set close they weren’t able to pull out in front and lost 22-25 in set 2.
In the third set, after a 10-minute intermission, SIU was unable to get anything going and found themselves trailing 8-4 early in the set. Loyola had turned the tables on SIU and was getting kills and blocks from their main hitters. No communication was the problem for the Salukis in Friday nights first set against Bradley and that was the achilles heal for them Saturday night as well. After cutting the lead down to 12-9 SIU couldn’t get any closer and Loyola stretched the lead from 3 to 6 and eventually 9 when they won the third set in dominating fashion 16-25.
The fourth set was the most energetic that I’ve seen SIU play in the two games I have seen. Once again the scoring went back and forth for the entire set, the score was tied 11 times, but Southern was unable to break through the grasp of the Ramblers in the end. Loyola pulled off the set win 24-26 and won the match 3-1.
SIU (11-6 Overall, 2-2 MVC)
Next Game: Monday October 5 vs. Missouri State
Taylor Pippen: 9 kills, 3 Assisted Blocks
Meg Viggars: 10 Kills, 17 Assists, and 8 Digs
Andrea Estrada: 15 Kills, 9 Digs, 17.0 points scored
Mariana Pilon: 14 Digs
Abby Barrow: 13 Kills, 15.0 points scored
Hannah Kaminsky: 27 Assists
Loyola (14-3 Overall, 3-1 MVC)
Next Game: Friday October 9 vs. Illinois State
Morgan Reardon: 12 Kills, 7 Digs
Maureen Carls: 9 Kills
Sami Hansen: 9 Kills
Maddy Moser: 13 Assists
Stephanie Kinane: 20 Digs
Morgan Gresham: 9 Kills
Brittany Brown: 8 Kills
Caroline Holt: 3 Kills, 33 Assists, 4 Digs