The Southern Illinois University volleyball team kicks off their Missouri Valley game this weekend on the road as the Salukis heads to Murray State on Friday with the first serve set at 6 p.m. After Friday’s game, Team Southern will travel to Nashville on Saturday to face the Belmont Bruins starting at 5PM
Boy Scouts of Murray
• The contestants finished a non-conference activity with a score of 4-6 after losing two in a row at Samford Invite last week (3-2 Clemson, 3-1 Samford).
• Murray State will make its MVC debut on Friday night after finishing fifth at the Ohio Valley Conference in 2021.
• Contestants were selected to take 10th place in the 2022 MVC Coaches survey, with a total of 43 points.
• Freshman Federica Nuccio leads the contestants with 156 kills (3.71 K/S).
All time vs contestants
• The Saluki and the contestants will meet for the 22nd time on Friday night.
• South leads the series all-time, 17-4, although the contestants have won the last two places.
• SIU and Murray State last met in 2018 at Carbondale where the contestants won 3-0.
• The Bruins are currently entering the MVC play at 4-9 per season.
• Belmont will kick off its inaugural MVC campaign ahead of Saturday’s game as they host Missouri State on Friday night.
• The Bruins were selected to finish 11th in the 2022 MVC Coaches poll, with a total of 26 points.
• After a slow start, Belmont has won the last two games and three of the last four.
All time vs Bruins
• SIU and Belmont last met in September 2006, when the Bruins swept the match 3-0. It was the first and only match between the shows.
Hot start without conference
• Entering the conference play, Salukis sit at 7-5 per season.
• They are the first teams to win records in non-conference play since the 2019 season.
• SIU has won six of its last eight games, including five clean passes for Salukis during that period.
Four greyhounds hit the mark of the century
• Tatum Tornata He currently leads the offensive Greyhound with 138 kills per season, the fifth largest in the valley.
• Together with Tornata. Natalie Garcia (110), Imani Heartfield (108) and This is Balman (102) They all crossed the century mark of the season during the Saluki Invite call last weekend.
• Heartfield currently has the third highest hitter in the valley at .321.
Serve up aces
• Greyhounds currently lead the valley in both aces (88) and aces per group (2.00)
• Billy Neuberger Leading the South with 16 aces in 12 matches, tied for fifth in the Valley.
• SIU ended the Saluki Invite call with a total of 27 aces from the three matches played.