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SIUE Volleyball Looks Forward to Opener

August 20, 2001

         The SIUE volleyball team will quickly find out how well the team has progressed during the preseason when it begins the season with the University of Missouri-St. Louis Invitational.
         The Cougars open their season on Friday at 5 p.m. against Truman State, which is ranked 15th in the AVCA Preseason Poll.
         "This game will show us a lot," said SIUE Coach Todd Gober.
         SIUE also will face the tournament hosts, Missouri-St. Louis at 7 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, SIUE will battle Southern Indiana at 3 p.m. and Texas Woman's at 5 p.m. The matches against UMSL and Southern Indiana are non-conference matches.
         The tournament will be a learning experience for both the team and the coaches. "It will be the first time that we get to see the girls in a game situation," said Gober. "We will really be looking for team effort and consistency."
         Gober said no official lineup has been determined yet. The Cougars will try different lineup scenarios during the tournament, with the main difference coming at the setter position.
         Gober said he expects the team to be a middle dominating team. One of his top weapons is expected to be 6-foot-3-inch sophomore Andrea Voss (St. Rose). Voss led the Great Lakes Valley Conference last season in blocks per game.
         Ball control, according to Gober, is key to dominating at the middle hitter position, and the first-year coach hopes to get a better idea about his team's abilities this coming weekend.
         "The overall goal of the tournament is to just do well. A 2-2 record would be good and is possible for the team," said Gober.