Nov 03, 2017
SCOUTING TENNESSEE STATE: The Tigers broke a seven-match losing skid Tuesday with a three-set upset over cross-town rival Belmont. Julia Pierson leads TSU with 2.97 kills per set. Setter Samantha Beltran is third in the OVC in assists per set (8.03).
SERIES RECORD: SIUE won last season's meeting in three sets at the Vadalabene Center. Tennessee State leads the series 5-3.
CAREER LADDER: Katie Shashack moved up to third on the all-time digs list after recording 22 in the three-set win over Eastern Illinois.
Katie Shashack: Digs 3rd/1,468
Ashley Witt: Attack attempts 4th/3,096
Katie Shashack: Digs per set 6th/3.51
Samantha Knight: Assists 8th/1,195
Ashley Witt: Kills 8th/1,120
Samantha Knight: Assists per set 8th/5.56
Carley Ramich: Block assists 9th/256
Ashley Witt: Points 10th/1,259.0
Katie Shashack: Assists per set 10th/0.91
GOING FIVE: SIUE has not lost an OVC match in less than five sets since Oct. 31, 2015, when SEMO defeated the Cougars in three sets.
OVER .700: The Cougars now have had two single-match offensive performances this season of .700 or better with 10 or more kills. Middle blocker Taylor Joens hit .722 against Morehead State (13-0-18). Outside hitter Ashley Witt hit .706 (12-0-17) against Tennessee Tech.
THIRD SET: SIUE is 16-0 this season when winning the third set.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Jackie Scott recorded her eighth double-double of the season Wednesday with a 10-kill, 11-dig outing against Eastern Illinois. Samantha Knight leads the team in double-doubles with 13 followed by Scott's eight, Mallory Nicholson's seven and one each from Taylor Joens and Katie Shashack.
NCAA TOP 100 RANKINGS (AS OF 10/30)
Hitting Percentage: Taylor Joens 55th/.369
Service Aces: Samantha Knight 44th/35
Aces Per Set: Samantha Knight 86th/0.37
Total Digs: Katie Shashack 96th/401
Points: Taylor Joens 99th/369.0
ACTING HEAD COACH KENDALL PAULUS: This is Coach Paulus' first season as head coach and seventh season at SIUE, having previously worked as an assistant coach. The most wins by a first-year head coach is 22 by Joe Fisher during the 1999 season.