Racers host Southern Illinois and Missouri State first weekend at home

Volleyball will have its home debut when it hosts Southern Illinois on Thursday. This match will also be the volleyball debut of the Racers Missouri Valley Conference.

Racers will host Missouri State for back-to-back home matches on Friday.

Federica Nuccio currently leads the Racers in kills with a total of 156 for an average of 3.71 per set. She had her eighth double-double this season.


  • Murray State has a 4-10 record against Southern Illinois.
  • The Racers won their last encounter with the Salukis at Southern Illinois (3-0) in 2018.
  • Murray State has only played Missouri State twice.
  • The Drivers lost their last encounter with the Bears 0-3 in 1992.

Last time

  • Pushed Clemson to five sets in the Samford Invite.
  • The drivers established a low error season in a five-set match against Clemson.
  • Set a season high of 0.309 hit percentage in the match against Clemson.

Exploring Southern Illinois

register at a glance

  • Southern Illinois has a 7-5 record and is coming off a 2-3 loss to Bellarmine.
  • SIU went 2-1 when they hosted the Saluki Invitational with wins over Alabama A&M and Southeast Missouri State.
  • They are currently ranked 22nd in kills per set in NCAA Division I.

who to watch

  • Junior hitter Tatum Tornatta leads the Salukis in kills with a total of 138 for an average of 3.13 per set.
  • Sophomore Anna Jaworski is the main lifter, averaging 10.64 assists this season. She is currently ranked 19th in assists per set in NCAA Division I.

Missouri State Exploration

register at a glance

  • Missouri State has a 3-9 record and is coming off a 1-3 loss to Iowa State.
  • The Bears went 1-2 in the Billiken Classic with a 3-1 victory over Kansas City.

who to watch

  • Senior hitter Manuela Ibarguen currently leads the Bears in kills with a total of 141 for an average of 3.28 per set. Ibarguen is currently 35th in attacks per set with 11.05 in NCAA Division I.
  • The second year, Sprague Morgan, is the bears’ top lifter. She averages 8.30 assists per set.
    Missouri State has a deep defensive line. Second-year defense expert Kate Owen leads the team with a total of 161 digs for an average of 3.42 per set.

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