It's been an emotional week for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville volleyball Cougars.
After learning that junior outside hitter Kindra Westendorf (Effingham) was sidelined with a knee injury, the Cougars had to regroup. Her injury figured to play havoc with the lineup as Westendorf is second on the team in kills per game at 3.64.
"We responded well to this adversity," said SIUE Coach Todd Gober.
The Cougars defeated a feisty Quincy team in five games in Quincy and dispatched Missouri-St. Louis in three games on Saturday. SIUE completed the regular season with a 24-6 record and a 14-2 record in Great Lakes Valley Conference play.
SIUE grabbed the No. 2 seed for the GLVC Tournament, set to begin Thursday in Evansville, Ind. As the second seed, SIUE has a bye into Friday's semifinals and will face the winner of the Northern Kentucky-Saint Joseph's match at 5 p.m.
"Every player has picked up their game," Gober said. "We've had different people step up. It's been about chemistry and attitude."
Allison Buss (Towanda), the GLVC's top defender, broke the school record for digs in a match with 44 in the win over Quincy.
Jamie Jones (Flanagan) set a career high 18 kills in the victory over Missouri-St. Louis.
"Tricia Happe (St. Louis) also emerged as an outside hitter for the team," Gober said.
Gober also credited setter Krystal Majernik (Normal) for her strong play. Majernik has averaged nearly 12.8 assists per game during the team's six-match winning streak.