Illinois State University volleyball (13-9, 6-4 MVC) snapped its four-game winning streak after being defeated by Southern Illinois University (12-13, 4-7 MVC) in four sets Oct. 25.
The Redbirds jumped out to an early 7-5 lead behind a pair of kills from Taylor Lynch, Monica Miller and Emmy Ogogor.
The Salukis would respond with a 7-1 run to take a 12-8 lead and force ISU to burn its final timeout of the set.
Ogogor would continue her hot start to the match with her fifth kill for a .500 hitting percentage, but it wasn’t enough.
Southern Illinois would continue to pick apart the Redbirds en route to a 25-18 opening set win.
Once again the ’Birds jumped out to a 4-1 lead to begin set two and this time they would keep their distance with SIU.
Kills from juniors Sydney Holt and Kaylee Martin would extend the Redbird lead 12-4, and force Southern Illinois to take its final timeout.
ISU would cruise to a 25-14 second set victory, capped off by Lynch’s sixth kill of the match.
Set three featured both teams going back and forth with one another, trying to gain the advantage after splitting the first two sets of the match.
Trailing by three points, the Redbirds came out of a timeout with an answer from Martin who registered back-to-back kills while Holt delivered a service ace to tie the set at 16 points all.
Illinois State found itself up 20-19, but once again it was the Salukis who responded in crunch time, holding off ISU for the 26-24 set three win.
SIU kept the momentum rolling into the fourth set, jumping out to a 9-4 lead and forcing the ’Birds to burn their final timeout.
The Redbirds wouldn’t go down without a fight, as Martin notched her tenth kill of the match to even the set at 14 points a piece.
Blocks by Stef Janiewicz and Ogogor pulled ISU ahead, but not before the Salukis fought back for a 20-19 lead.
The momentum swing was too much to overcome, and Southern Illinois would hold off a late Redbird rally to take the match on a 25-23 set four win.
The match against Southern Illinois was nothing like the last time the two teams met on Sept. 28, which saw the Redbirds get the best of SIU in a three-set sweep.
Among the standouts from the match were Martin and Ogogor who registered 11 kills each.
Jankiewicz also tallied 42 assists in her first game back from an undisclosed injury.
Illinois State will look to turn things around quickly in their next match on the road against Missouri State (7-18, 4-7 MVC).
First serve between the ’Birds and Bears is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 26, in Springfield, Missouri.