Volleyball Clipped By An Opportune SIU, 3-2

first_imgBox Score CARBONDALE, Ill. – The Drake University volleyball team wasn’t able to hold off Southern Illinois Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs lost, 3-2, in Carbondale, Ill., in the Bulldogs’ next-to-last road match of the season.Drake (23-7, 12-4 MVC) dropped just its fourth Missouri Valley Conference match of the season by set scores of 25-11, 25-27, 25-11, 16-25, 13-15.The Bulldogs were led by junior Cathryn Cheek (Coppell, Texas) who had one of her best career performances putting up career-high 24 digs while matching her career-high with 21 kills. Senior Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) added 20 kills and 17 digs for her 18th double-double of the season. Also recording a double-double was sophomore Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) who set up 43 assists and 10 digs. Her sets allowed Inderski to hit .395 and Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Iowa) .368 while the Bulldogs hit .234 as a team.”Obviously this was a disappointing outcome,” said Drake head coach Darrin McBroom. “We played a couple of good sets, but credit to SIU. They played their best volleyball when they needed to win three sets. Overall in most of the stats, we dominated most categories, but SIU managed to perform well at the right times to get the win. Timing was the key tonight and we’re still learning what it’s like to be the favored team and the pressure that comes with that.”Despite holding Southern Illinois (6-20, 5-10 MVC) to only a .188 hitting percentage, the Salukis’ timing and resiliency forced a five-set comeback victory. Drake hit .420 in the sets it won and just .122 in the sets it lost.Both teams traded points to open the match before an 8-3 Drake run gave the Bulldogs a lead they never relinquished in the first set. The Salukis answered in the second set scoring four straight opening points. The Bulldog offense struggled to get things going as Southern Illinois took a 10-4 lead before Drake was able to close in for its first lead of the set, 13-12. In a set that featured six ties and three lead changes Southern Illinois hung on for the 27-25 victory.The Bulldogs stormed back in the fourth set, holding Southern Illinois to just a .054 hitting percentage. Drake took control early in the fifth set building to an 11-8 lead before Southern Illinois closed out the game with a 7-2 run for a 15-13 victory to take the decisive fifth set and the match, 3-2.The Bulldogs travel to face conference leader Missouri State, who remains undefeated in Valley play. The matchup is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. Following the contest, Drake returns home for their final regular season game against in-state foe UNI, Saturday, Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. in the Knapp Center.Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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