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Ramblers silence Salukis in 4 sets


 

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.

 

Final Stats:

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

Same October just different faces


By Matthew Schneider

October is here and in full swing. The cool October air brings us with two things: pumpkin spiced everything and postseason baseball. This postseason will be as exciting and entertaining as any other postseason. There will be many of the same teams like the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers. The good thing about this postseason is the array of new teams like the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. The New York Yankees are back in the playoffs but without a familiar guy named Derek Jeter. Let us not forget about the Pittsburg Pirates and the Toronto Blue Jays who can make some noise in the playoffs as well. This postseason should be just as exciting as others. The only difference is the new faces we get to see.

This postseason features the up and coming youth of baseball. Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber are power hitting rookies for the Cubs. Both of them are under the age of twenty-five and are combined hitting 42 homers and have 142 RBIs. This combined with a great one-two punch of Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta make the Cubs a threat in the postseason. Cubs manager Joe Maddon brings playoff experience and the leadership of Anthony Rizzo makes this team very scary. The Mets have a young and dominant starting pitchers Jacob DeGrom and Matt Harvey are a great threat as pitcher and Yoenis Cespedes has brought a much needed offensive push. David Wright coming back from injury helps this offense.

The Dodgers have the best starting pitcher duo in Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke. Los Angeles has not been a threat in the postseason but I will take Greinke and Kershaw to start for me than any other duo in baseball. Toronto has made moves to make them immediate threats in the postseason. By acquiring Tulowitzki and Price via trade they are contenders that are not pretenders.

The national league central has finally become a relevant division in baseball. The Cardinals won the division but both the Pirates and Cubs have clinched playoff berths making this division something to pay attention to now. This division has been for a long time filled with mediocrity with one superpower known as the Cardinals. This division was an exciting one to watch and I hope that it can continue into October

This postseason is guaranteed to have the same great pitching duels, the great walk-off wins, or the refreshing Gatorade baths. The only differences is we see a changing of the guard. We see new teams being built up and new faces are emerging to claim their spot as top players in this league.

 

Postseason Predictions:

National League

NL Wild Card

Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates.

Winner: Cubs

NLDS

New York Mets vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

Winner: Mets in 5

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs

Winner: Cardinals in 5

NLCS

St. Louis Cardinals vs. New York Mets

Winner: Cardinals in 6

American League

AL Wild Card

Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees

Winner: Astros

ALDS

Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays

Winner: Blue Jays in 4

Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros

Winner: Royals in 4

ALCS

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals

Winner: Toronto Blue Jays in 6

World Series

Toronto Blue Jays vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Winner: Cardinals in 6

The Cardinals win the world Series because of their experience in this position. The Blue Jays are a talented team but the Cardinals have been in this position. The Cards know what they are doing and how to get it done when it matters most.

Pippen helps Salukis rally to beat Bradley


By: Steve Maves 

The SIU Volleyball team has been without its lone senior Taylor Pippen for the last six matches due to an injury. Tonight was her first game back and she showed why she was named to the Preseason All-MVC Team. Pippen helped the Salukis pull off a 3-1 win over the Bradley Braves on Friday night at Davies Gym.

In the first set it looked like SIU forgot how to play team volleyball. They were not communicating with each other and letting some easy points get by them. Early in the set the Braves jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, which made coach Justin Ingram call a timeout. The problem for the Salukis in the set was as soon as they would stop a Braves rally the team would either make a mistake or let the Braves set up their offense and score easily off of the Saluki serve. The Salukis looked very flat throughout the whole first set and eventually lost the set 19-25.

The second set was much stronger for the Salukis as they jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead before Bradley head coach Jenney Maurer called her first timeout. The timeout only seemed to help the Salukis in this set as they were able to keep most of the momentum. When Maurer called the teams’ second timeout SIU was leading 17-11. After the second timeout Bradley made a little bit of a run to cut into the lead, but SIU eventually pulled away and won the second set 25-18.

In set the third, set coming out of the break SIU and Bradley were neck and neck throughout and didn’t want to give an inch and neither team did. As soon as one team scored the other team would rattle off four or five points and back and forth that went. That was until Pippen started to get into her groove and getting back into the swing of things, literally. By the end of the third set Pippen recorded 8 kills, adding to her total that was now at 10, her play got the crowd going. As soon as Pippen got going the rest of the team responded and closed out the set in dominating fashion 25-16.

The fourth set was again dominated again by Pippen and the Salukis that was until they had to get the last point. Bradley wasn’t going away without a fight and with SIU leading 23-19 the Braves put together a quick three-point burst that put them within one of the Salukis. With set and match point for the Salukis the blocking of the SIU defense came through huge and forced an attack error on Bradley. SIU won set 4 25-23 and the match 3-1 to improve to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in conference play, which includes wins in their last 7 of 9 matches.

 

Final Stats:

SIU (11-5 Overall, 2-1 MVC)

Next Game Saturday October 3 vs. Loyola

Taylor Pippen: 14 Kills on 21 Attempts, scored 18.5 points.

Meg Viggars: 23 Assists, 8 Kills, 8 Assisted Blocks, scored 13.0 points

Andrea Estrada: 11 Kills, 14 Digs

Hannah Kaminsky: 20 Assists, 5 Digs

Nellie Fredriksson: 7 Kills

Abby Barrow: 11 Kills

Bradley (5-10 Overall, 0-3 MVC)

Next Game: Saturday October 3 @ Evansville

Jessica Teel: 19 Assists, 12 Digs, 2 Kills

Erica Haslag: 13 Kills

Allison Turner: 11 Kills

Lea Sack: 15 Digs, 4 Assists

Jamie Livaudais: 9 Kills

Afton Sobasky: 18 Assists, 3 Digs

 

 

College football match ups – week 5


By Max Zuiker

I can’t believe the college football season is already one-third of the way over. That being said week five is pivotal for most teams. Let’s look at the week’s big matchups with in the power five conferences.

In the ACC let’s take a look at #11 Florida State vs. Wake Forest. In this classic match up between Florida State and Wake Forest, Florida State has outscored the Demon Deacons 154-6 in their previous three contests. Florida State QB Everett Golson has completed 64% of his passes and has yet to throw an interception all year. Wake Forest ranks 11th in the country in pass defense, should be tough test for Golson. Wake Forest has lost their previous eleven contests against ranked opponents.

Taking a peek at the Big 12, I believe the most important match up is #23 West Virginia taking on #15 Oklahoma. West Virginia has the fourteenth most wins in FBS history, yet have never won a national championship. They play al, ranked opponents in the month of October (#15 OK, #20 OKST, #5 Baylor and #4 TCU). If they can beat all of these teams is West Virginia a playoff team this year? Their defense is the best in the country only giving up 7.7 points per game. Looking at Oklahoma, they have developed another solid QB in Baker Mayfield. The transfer junior has over 1000 passing yards and ten touchdowns compared to only two picks.

I am very interested in the Iowa and #19 Wisconsin game for big ten play this Saturday. Iowa is trying to become 5-0 for the first time since 2009. Senior running back coming off a hot weekend where he rushed for 115 yards and four scores. On the other side Wisconsin has been a lot better on the ground since week one loss vs. Alabama only putting up 40 rush yards. Last week they ran for 326 yards vs. Troy. Wisconsin’s defense has held their opponents to a total of three points over their past three contests.

Breaking down the Pac 12 this week I want to look at Arizona vs # 18 Stanford. After a tough loss to UCLA last Saturday the Arizona Wildcats will look to get back on track this week. The Wildcats are hoping star QB Anu Solomon will be able to play as he was injured early in last week’s game. Solomon has eleven touchdowns and zero interceptions this year. Arizona is the fifth best rushing team in the country averaging 329 yards per game. Speaking of running Stanford’s halfback Christian McCaffery is having a decent year on the ground averaging 5.1 yards per carry, but has yet to score a touchdown. This will be the team’s first meeting since 2012.

The SEC match up of the week I would like to examine is #3 Ole Miss vs #25 Florida. Ole Miss is second in the FBS in points for with an average of 55 points per game. Junior QB Chad Kelly is leading the way on offence with 1219 passing yards ten touch downs verses the picks, and a rating of 174.3. Ole Miss pulled an early season upset on the road at #2 Alabama 43-37 in week three. Florida will be relying on freshman QB Will Grier and junior tailback Kevin Taylor to have great games if they want to stay undefeated.