Sept. 23, 2009
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville volleyball team was the star attraction for the grand opening of the new addition to the Student Fitness Center.
Evansville, however, walked away with a four-set victory over the Cougars 25-21, 25-19, 14-25, 25-17 in front of a raucous crowd of 816.
"It was a great night for the home opener," said SIUE Coach Todd Gober.
"Hitting errors hurt us tonight," admitted Gober.
SIUE and Evansville were tied 20-20 in set one only to have Evansville's Brooke Maher reel off four straight to help put the set away.
Evansville used a pair of short runs in the second set to grab as much as a seven-point lead before Ginta Gabruseva recorded a kill on set point. Gabruseva led all players with 21 kills.
SIUE turned the tables in the third set with a easy victory. The Cougars hit .320 in the set led by four kills from Hemann.
"We played under control and smart," said Gober.
Evansville trailed 12-11 in the fourth set and then made a 10-2 run on the Cougars off the serving of Ellen Sawin and Hannah Wilson.
Evansville hit .138 for the match while the Cougars finished up with a .105 hitting percentage.