Sep 29, 2017
SIUE (11-4, 1-2 OVC) vs. Belmont (8-6, 3-0 OVC)
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2 p.m.
SCOUTING BELMONT: The Bruins open the weekend leading the OVC with a 3-0 mark in league play. Arianna Person leads Belmont with 3.31 kills per set and a .212 hitting percentage. Emma Price is tops in the OVC in assists per set (10.32). As a team, Belmont is 27th nationally in service aces per set (1.66).
ROAD VICTORY: SIUE won its first OVC match of the season by defeating Eastern Illinois in four sets Wednesday.
1,000 KILLS: SIUE outside hitter Ashley Witt became the 10th player in school history to record 1,000 career kills with her six-kill effort at Eastern Illinois.
NCAA TOP 100 RANKINGS (AS OF 9/26)
Hitting Percentage: Taylor Joens 46th/.384
Service Aces: Samantha Knight 64th/21
Aces Per Set: Samantha Knight 77th/0.40
Total Digs: Katie Shashack 80th/238
Digs Per Set: Katie Shashack 86th/4.49
Total Blocks: Taylor Joens 97th/57
TRIPLE-DIGIT DIGS: SIUE recorded 104 digs in last week's match at Austin Peay. That is the most for a single match since digging 122 against Southeast Missouri on Nov. 1, 2013.
NO. 8 NATIONALLY: SIUE is ranked eighth nationally in digs per set (18.19). Libero Katie Shashack is averaging a team-leading 4.54 digs per set (through EIU match).
TOURNAMENT CHAMPS: SIUE won two tournaments this fall, sweeping Toledo, Fort Wayne and Quinnipiac at the Fort Wayne Invitational as well as Seattle, Montana and UIC at the Cougar Invite.
TOP HITTER: Taylor Joens, who was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week Sept. 19, leads the OVC in hitting percentage at .395 after posting a .533 hitting percentage against EIU (16k, 0e, 30a).
GOING FIVE: SIUE has not lost an OVC match in less than five sets since Oct. 31, 2015, when Southeast Missouri defeated the Cougars in three sets.
DEFENSE, DEFENSE: SIUE is ranked 29th nationally in opponent hitting percentage at .160. The Cougars have outhit (via hitting percentage) its opponents in 12 of 14 matches this season.
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.
COMING UP: The Cougars continue this homestand next weekend to face UT Martin (Oct. 6) and Southeast Missouri (Oct. 7).