The Murray State volleyball team completed a perfect weekend, Saturday afternoon, as they swept Eastern Illinois, 25-20, 25-10, 25-22, to get back to .500 on the season.
The Racers now sit at 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the OVC after starting out conference play with three straight losses. The Panthers fall to 6-15 and 1-5 in the OVC.
Junior Rachel Giustino led the Racers with 14 kills and 17 digs for her sixth straight double-double while senior Dacia Brown added 12 kills. Sophomore Callie Anderton dished out 36 assists and redshirt-freshman Kolby McClelland tallied five blocks.
MSU jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the first set with back-to-back kills from junior Megan Lindsay. The Racers extended their lead to five at 13-8, but EIU clawed back to tie the set at 20. However, Murray State answered immediately with a 5-0 run, culminated with another kill by Lindsay, to win the first set.
The Racers dominated the second set as they hit .435 and held EIU to a .000 hitting percentage. With a 7-6 lead, MSU went on a 5-0 run, featuring two kills each from Giustino and junior defensive specialist Alex Kaufmann, to take a 12-6 lead. For Kaufmann, she doubled her career kills total from two to four during the run. The Racers ended the set on a 13-3 run to win the set comfortably, 25-10.
The third set was tight the entire time as neither team could pull away. The Panthers used a 3-0 run late in the set to take a 22-21 lead, but the Racers won the final four points of the set on two kills each by Giustino and Lindsay to win the match in straight sets.
Murray State is back in action next weekend when they travel to Nashville to take on Tennessee State, Friday at 6 p.m. and Belmont, Saturday at 2 p.m.