vs. UT Martin
Oct. 6, 7 p.m.
vs. Southeast Missouri
Oct. 7, 2 p.m.
PINK ZONE: SIUE volleyball will be handing out Pink Zone T-shirts for the first 100 fans for the UT Martin match Friday. Cancer survivors receive complimentary admission to Friday's match.
SCOUTING UT MARTIN: The Skyhawks enter the weekend tied for third in the OVC with a 3-1 record in OVC play. Jemima Idemudia leads the OVC in blocks per set (1.23). Brooke Gyori is third in the OVC in digs per set (4.47).
SCOUTING SOUTHEAST MISSOURI: The Redhawks face Eastern Illinois Friday before coming to the Vadalabene Center Saturday. Nzingha Clarke is second in the OVC in hitting percentage (.377). Ally Dixon leads the OVC in service aces per set (0.43).
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.
NCAA TOP 100 RANKINGS (AS OF 10/4)
Hitting Percentage: Taylor Joens 35th/.392
Service Aces: Samantha Knight 49th/25
Aces Per Set: Samantha Knight 71st/0.40
Total Digs: Katie Shashack 90th/274
Digs Per Set: Katie Shashack 96th/4.42
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.
TRIPLE-DIGIT DIGS: SIUE recorded 104 digs Sept. 22 at Austin Peay. That is the most for a single match since digging 122 against Southeast Missouri on Nov. 1, 2013.
NO. 13 NATIONALLY: SIUE leads the OVC and is ranked 13th nationally in digs per set (17.73).
OFFENSE, DEFENSE: SIUE leads the OVC in hitting percentage (.230) and in opponent hitting percentage (.158). SIUE is second in the OVC in assists per set (12.32) and kills per set (13.29).
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 .392. She is sixth in the OVC in points per set (3.95).
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.