EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – A better performance this season in the first set was not enough to keep Belmont’s powerful attack at bay, as SIUE volleyball fell to the Bruins in four sets Friday night (25-13, 20-25, 25-27, 21-25).
The first set saw the Cougars record individual and team highs, led by Sydney Hummert seven wins in the first set. As a team, the Cougars hit a season-high .517 in the first quarter and edged the Bruins by 12 points. The margin is the biggest margin of victory of any sets this season. SIUE domination would end abruptly in the second set, as a .306 performance from the visitors saw them take a 25-20 second victory. The third set saw both sides trade blows, as neither team could gain ground over the other; however, it would be the Bruins who would steal the third set, requiring extra points to do so. The fourth set followed a similar trajectory to the second, as a long streak of goals by the Bruin and exceptional defensive efforts proved too difficult for the Cougars to overcome, closing the set and the match with a 25-21 victory. .
Individually, the Cougars were led by Savannah Christian, who recorded 14 kills and hit to an outstanding .303 clip. Followed closely Sydney Hummert, who slashed 11 kills overnight, and the trio of Julia treichel, Ainsley Ranstead, and Annie ellis, who each recorded seven wins. Three Cougars Record Double-Digit Murders, Conducted By Alyse Drifka 18. Drifka also notched his seventh double-double of the season with an outing of 20 assists and 18 eliminations. Grace Beekman followed closely behind Drifka with 19 assists, while Jessica vineyard led the Red and Whites in the blocks with an error-free four.
SIUE, which drops to 4-13 overall and 1-5 in the Ohio Valley Conference game, will close the weekend with a rematch against Belmont (5-11, 3-3 OVC). The first service is scheduled for tomorrow at 2 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN +.