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SIU volleyball defeats Southeast Missouri State

SIU player celebrate a point against Southeast Misssouri State on Sept. 12 in SIU Arena.

FRIDAY

• Volleyball (1-2) vs. Alabama A&M, Saluki Bash, Banterra Center, 12:30 p.m.: SIU opens up the Banterra Center and its newly-refinished floor for the first of two home Saluki volleyball tournaments. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (2-17 years old) for the entire day and available at the door or at siusalukis.com. SIU students get in free with valid ID.

Alabama A&M was picked second in the SWAC preseason poll behind Alabama State. Maya Evans, a junior middle hitter from Houston, was voted preseason player of the Year and first team All-SWAC after leading the conference in hitting percentage (.388) last season. She was fourth on the team in kills (272) and kills per set with 2.16. SIU beat Middle Tennessee State 3-1 for its first win under new coach Ed Allen.

• Soccer (3-2) at IPFW, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 6 p.m.: SIU kicks off a three-match road swing at IPFW Friday night. The Mastodons (1-1-1) earned their first win of the season against Chicago State Friday, 1-0. In the second half, Hannah Kroger scored the lone goal of the game at the 78th minute and was assisted by Kayla Wisniewski. The defense was led by goalkeeper Lorah Pund, who kept Chicago State from scoring. IPFW limited the Cougars to only two shots on goal in the contest.

• Volleyball vs. SIU-Edwardsville, Saluki Bash, Banterra Center, 7:30 p.m.: SIU closes the first night of the home tournament against its sister school. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (2-17 years old) for the entire day and available at the door or at siusalukis.com. SIU students get in free with valid ID.

SATURDAY

• Volleyball vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Saluki Bash, Banterra Center, 1:30 p.m.: Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (2-17 years old) for the entire day and available at the door or at siusalukis.com. SIU students get in free with valid ID.

• Football at UMass, McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, Massachusetts, 2:30 p.m.: SIU plays the first of two FBS programs Saturday in Amherst, which is about two hours east of Boston. The Salukis and Minutemen have met only once before, in the 2007 playoffs, when SIU coach Nick Hill was the quarterback. SIU won 34-27 and eventually made the national semifinals. UMass is led by first-year head coach Walt Bell, a former offensive coordinator at Florida State. The Minutement lost at Rutgers last weekend, 48-21, after jumping out to a 21-7 lead.

The game is scheduled to air on Flosports.tv (subscription required) and the Saluki Radio Network. Tickets are $25 apiece at umassathletics.com.

• Volleyball vs. Southeast Missouri State, Saluki Bash, Banterra Center, 6 p.m.: Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth (2-17 years old) for the entire day and available at the door or at siusalukis.com. SIU students get in free with valid ID.

SUNDAY

• Soccer at Ohio, Athens, Ohio, noon: The SIU women's soccer team takes on the Bobcats in its second match of a three-match road swing that goes through next Friday. Admission is free. Ohio was picked to finish fifth in the Mid-American Conference. The Bobcats are coming off of a 9-8-3 season, with a 6-3-2 conference mark. The Bobcats were the fourth seed in last season's MAC tournament, advancing to the MAC semifinals for the first time since 2004.

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todd.hefferman@thesouthern.com

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