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Whitfield, Cougars Push Past Western Illinois

Whitfield, Cougars Push Past Western Illinois

MACOMB, Ill. - Julia Whitfield turned in her top performance of the season Wednesday with 24 kills as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville volleyball downed Western Illinois in four sets.

The Cougars avenged an earlier defeat this season by the Leathernecks with a 25-20, 25-21, 24-26, 25-22 win on the road.

"Julia had an outstanding game. She played well all around," said SIUE Head Coach Todd Gober.

SIUE, 13-14, got a lift from libero Karie Downing. The Cougar senior recorded three service aces and 22 digs.

"Karie took over the fourth set," said Gober. "She was stealing kills from the other team. She did a good job serving tonight too."

Gober said the Cougars were on the attack for most of the night because of strong serving and a good defense that garnered 75 digs. SIUE finished with 58 kills and a .191 hitting percentage for the match. Sydney Winslow and Kelsey Mosher joined Winslow in double digits with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Western Illinois, 8-21, picked up 10 kills each from Brooke Stittleburg and Cait Egan.

The Cougars now have two matches left in the season. SIUE travels to Austin Peay for a 5 p.m. match Saturday and to Tennessee State for a noon match Sunday.

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