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Volleyball Opens Season

August 21, 2000

         The 2000 season opens at home for the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville volleyball team as it hosts the Edwardsville Intelligencer Invitational this weekend.
         Coach Joe Fisher said he looks for two good weeks of preseason to show through in the first weekend.
         The Cougars get underway Friday night when they play Drury University at 7 in the Vadalabene Center. SIUE faces Ashland and Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
         "It is great to open up at home, especially against some good competition. The big thing is to try some different combinations on the floor."
         SIUE also begins the season tabbed to finish first in the Green Division in the Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason poll.
         Fisher said it is a realistic goal and position for his team to be in.
         "The team has had the goal of finishing first in their division, and I wouldn't expect anything less from them."
         The Cougars returns nine players, led by seniors Lindsay Rust (Belleville), Melissa Schaeffer (Ballwin, Mo.), Kathy Dulle (Mt. Pulaski) and Heather Vaughan (Mt. Pulaski). Rust, an outside hitter, led the team last season in kills, averaging 4.09 a game. Schaeffer returns to action after sitting out last year due to a knee injury. Dulle returns for a second season as the Cougar setter after averaging 11.55 assists per game in 1999. Vaughan recorded 38 service aces while averaging 2.15 digs per game.

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