EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE volleyball began its four-match homestand with a big win Friday night at the Vadalabene Center, knocking Morehead State out of a first-place tie in the Ohio Valley Conference standings.
The Cougars dispatched the Eagles 25-21, 20-25, 25-23, 25-17.
SIUE improved to 5-16 overall as well as 4-5 in the OVC and will return to the Vadalabene Center Saturday for a 2 p.m. contest against Eastern Kentucky. Morehead State dropped to 7-2 in OVC play and 16-6 overall. The Eagles were tied with Austin Peay, which defeated Jacksonville State Friday.
"Every person in a uniform contributed tonight," said SIUE Head Coach Kendall Paulus.
Much of SIUE's success was due to its service and defense. Jordyn Klein collected a career-high 26 digs for the Cougars.
"We're getting more comfortable with each other and we're trusting each other," said Klein.
"We responded so well – blocking and defensively," added Paulus.
Morehead State entered the match as the No. 2 team in the league in hitting percentage at .228. SIUE held the Eagles to a .089 hitting percentage for the match with 17 kills and 16 errors over the final two sets.
Lauren Rokey stood out for Morehead State with a match-high 16 kills.
"Any time we can keep a team that is that balanced and has that many attackers who can get a first ball kill, we know we need to get them out of system," said Paulus.
Friday's match was built on momentum with 29 tie scores and 14 lead changes over the four sets.