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Cougars Sweep Alabama A&M to Win Saluki Bash

Cougars Sweep Alabama A&M to Win Saluki Bash

CARBONDALE, Ill.— The Cougars sweep Alabama A&M 25-18, 25-19, 26-24, to win the Saluki Bash.

"This team works really hard every day and it's nice to see that it's paying off," commented SIUE Head Coach Kendall Paulus. "For this only being our second weekend, we are in a really good place and have a solid foundation set."

Several members of the team contributed to the victory including Savannah Christian who led the team in kills with 12 and hit an impressive .450, Annie Ellis contributed 9 kills, hit .583 and led the team in blocks with three and Hope Everett and Rachel McDonald had 7 kills each on the afternoon.

Gabby Wimes led the team in aces with three, Jordyn Klein assisted on the defensive side with 14 digs, Mallory Nicholson had 17 assists on the afternoon and Addie Sieber had 15 to add to the Cougars sweep.

"We saw three very different styles of play this weekend and were able to adjust to each team," Paulus added.

The Cougars end the weekend 3-0 and Saluki Bash Tournament Champions. The team also had three players represented on the All-Tournament Team.

Christian was named the Tournament MVP after totaling 34 kills on the weekend and a hitting percentage of .400. She also added nine blocks to her totals on the weekend.

Ellis and Nicholson were both named to the All-Tournament Team as well. Ellis ended the tournament with 22 kills, 13 blocks and hit .372 in three matches. Nicholson tallied 61 assists on the weekend and also 26 digs. She also recorded a double-double of 18 assists and 10 digs against Southeastern Louisiana.

"This upcoming weekend will be tough, so we are excited to get back and continue to progress this week," Paulus stated.

The Cougars improve their record to 5-1 on the season. The team will travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma to play in the Tulsa Invitational next weekend. They will take on University of Texas at San Antonio in the first game on Friday at 10 a.m.