BRIEF: Volleyball takes first losses of season

Redshirt junior middle blocker Annie Ellis and senior setter Sarah Armendariz look to block a hit from Jacksonville State's senior outside hitter Kaylie Milton during Sunday's match.

Jacksonville State defeated the Cougars in their rematch on Monday with a 3-0 score following SIUE’s 3-1 loss on Sunday, making these the team’s first losses of the season. 


Monday’s match began with a 25-25 tie at the end of the first set and ended in Jacksonville edging by 2 with a final score of 27-25. This was followed by a dominant win by the Gamecocks with a final score of 25-13 in the second set and a close 25-22 win in the third and final set.


Senior outside hitter Rachel McDonald scored the team-high 11 kills for this game. Freshman outside hitter Sydney Hummert and redshirt junior Annie Ellis added 7 kills each, with Ellis holding a 0.636 hitting percentage.


In Sunday’s match, both teams were unyielding in the four-set match, not allowing either team to get more than a six-point lead at any given time. 


Redshirt freshman middle blocker Savannah Christian scored the most points for the Cougars at 15 kills, with a 0.440 hitting percentage. Adding to this were senior defensive specialist Jordyn Klein with 12 digs and senior setter Sarah Armendariz with 43 assists.


Head Coach Kendall Paulus said she is feeling optimistic about the season moving forward.


“Jackson State is one of the best teams in the conference, and I believe that will be the case throughout the whole season,” Paulus said. “So the fact that we took a set but were also neck and neck the whole time the fact that we’re battling with the top team, I feel really good about this season.”

The Cougars will play next against Murray State on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to the SIUE Cougars website.

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