The Murray State volleyball team continued its dominance at Racer Arena, Friday evening, as they swept SIU Edwardsville, 25-18, 25-22, 25-14.
Box Score
The Racers improve to 8-9 overall this season with a 2-3 record in OVC play while the Cougars fall to 4-13 and 3-2 in conference play. Murray State also improves to 42-2 at home since 2014.
MSU played their best offensive match of the season as they hit .340 as a team, including .500 in the closing set. They also had an efficient sideout percentage of 69% to limit SIUE’s chances of making a run.
Six Racers hit over .300, led by junior Megan Lindsay who hit .600 with six kills. Junior Rachel Giustino led the team with 17 kills while hitting .341 and contributed 14 digs for her fifth straight double-double, while senior Dacia Brown hit .308 with 11 kills and the team’s only two blocks of the match.
Sophomore Callie Anderton paced the team with 38 assists while classmate Becca Fernandez had 20 digs.
The first set went back-and-forth early on until the Racers went on a 7-2 run, which included three kills by Lindsay, to take an 18-13 lead. The Cougars never got back into the set as Murray State took the first set on a block by Brown.
SIUE took an early 8-5 lead in the second set before a kill and an ace by Giustino jump-started a 4-0 run to take the lead. Another 4-0 run by the Racers, which included two service aces by Anderton, helped extend the MSU lead to 13-9, and while the Cougars got back to within one at 16-15, they were never able to tie the match as the Racers pushed their lead back up to five before winning the set, 25-22.
The third set was all Racers as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead and never looked back as they built a lead as large as 12 at 20-8. SIUE went on a mini-run, but it was too late as the Racers took the set, 25-14, and the match.
MSU has a quick turnaround as they are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. when they take on Eastern Illinois at Racer Arena.


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