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SIUE Topples Canisius in Four Sets

SIUE Topples Canisius in Four Sets

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - SIUE volleyball collected its third straight victory with a four-set triumph Friday night over Canisius at the Best Western Falcon Plaza Invitational.

The Cougars, now 5-4 overall, were winners 25-22, 25-27, 25-19, 25-23 over the Griffs, now 4-3.

"As the match went on, we got into a rhythm," said SIUE Head Coach Leah Johnson. "We forced them out of system as the match went on."

Cori Harris turned in her top performance as a Cougar. The left-handed outside hitter recorded a team-high 14 kills and finished with a .400 hitting percentage for the match. Jessica Hemann and Julia Whitfield added 13 kills each.

"Cori was steady in all six rotations. She was really efficient all night," added Johnson. Harris had just two attack error for the match and neither came until the fourth set.

The Cougars were impressive on offense with 65 kills and finished with a .247 hitting percentage.

Emily Elek powered Canisius with 17 kills. Samantha Good and Danielle Brawn added 11 kills each. The Griffs hit a strong .237 as a team.

Neither team established dominance early. The first set was tied 19-19 before SIUE won six of the next nine points. Harris set the tone in the first set with six of her kills.

"Part of that was credit to Kelsey Augustine because they were triple-blocking her," Johnson added.

Canisius would even the match in the second set as Elek closed it out with a kill on set point. SIUE had hope late in the set, however. Down by as many as five points late, SIUE tied the score late as Augustine cut the lead to 24-23 and then gained a solo block to tie the score at 24-24.

SIUE went out to a quick 8-3 lead in the third set behind a pair of service aces by setter Sammi Minton and kills from five different players. Harris finished the set with a kill on set point.

The Cougars used a 10-2 run midway through the fourth set to push past the Griffs. After SIUE called a timeout up 24-23, the match ended on a service error by Canisuis' Danielle Brawn.

SIUE has a quick turnaround for play at its final regular season tournament. The Cougars face host Bowling Green at 11 a.m. ET Saturday followed by a 7 p.m. ET start with Michigan State.

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