Skip to navigation Skip to content Skip to footer

Cougars Use Team Performance in Tournament Victory

Aug. 27, 2011

Box Score

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. - SIUE closed out its own Invitational Tournament Saturday with a three-set victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff 25-13, 25-12, 25-13.

All 12 SIUE players who appeared in the tournament finale recorded at least one kill. Senior middle hitter Jessica Hemann and freshman outside hitter Chelsi Hummert led the Cougars with eight each.

"What we have is a lot of young players, but we have a good core of veterans who can stabilize our team. I give a lot of credit to our veterans but I am excited to see our freshman and the depth of our bench able to contribute," said SIUE Head Coach Leah Johnson.

SIUE evened its record to 2-2 after falling earlier in the day to Wofford in four sets 25-23, 20-25, 25-22, 26-24. Western Illinois, 3-1, was named the tournament champion after defeating Wofford in three sets Saturday afternoon. SIUE had the only tournament victory over Western Illinois.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 0-4, finished with a .000 hitting percentage with 13 kills and 13 attack errors. SIUE, meanwhile, managed 42 kills and a .344 hitting percentage.

"We are aggressive. It does help our defensive tremendously. It allows us to be a strong defensive team," added Johnson.

The Cougars set a season high 12 service aces led by three from Danielle Cushley. Chelsea Colclasure powered the defense with 14 digs.

In the Wofford match, Cori Harris led the Cougars with 12 kills. Kelsey Augustine and Brianne Graunke added 11 each. Sammi Minton recorded 53 assists.

"We are going to spend time looking at our system and how we can improve to be more efficient. That's the goal right now," Johnson said.

SIUE's next action is Tuesday at Illinois State. The first serve is set for 7 p.m. in Normal.

-siue cougars-

November 7, 2011 PREVIEW: SIUE Heads to SEMO
SIUE Sweeps Tennessee Tech
November 5, 2011 SIUE Sweeps Tennessee Tech
Cougars Fall at Morehead
October 29, 2011 Cougars Fall at Morehead
EKU Downs Cougars
October 28, 2011 EKU Downs Cougars
Cougars Sweep Past Panthers
October 25, 2011 Cougars Sweep Past Panthers
Tennessee State Tops Cougars
October 22, 2011 Tennessee State Tops Cougars
UT Martin Downs Cougars
October 8, 2011 UT Martin Downs Cougars
Morehead State Defeats Cougars
September 30, 2011 Morehead State Defeats Cougars
SIUE Drops Five-Setter
September 23, 2011 SIUE Drops Five-Setter
Cougars Fall to Murray State
September 16, 2011 Cougars Fall to Murray State
September 15, 2011 PREVIEW: SIUE Opens OVC Play
SIUE Rolls Past Indiana State
September 4, 2011 SIUE Rolls Past Indiana State