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PREVIEW: SIUE Faces Key Weekend Matchups

SIUE Volleyball

Complete Match Notes

SIUE (18-4, 8-2 OVC)
vs. Murray State (15-7, 7-3 OVC)
10/27, 6 pm CT
Series Record vs. Murray State

SIUE (18-4, 8-2 OVC)
vs. Austin Peay (21-4, 9-1 OVC)
10/28, 2 pm CT
Series Record vs. Austin Peay

SPECIAL EVENTS: Friday, October 27th vs. Murray State is Salute to Service Night. All fans who currently serve or have served in local civil service departments (fire, police, EMS) or in the military receive free admission.
Saturday, October 28th vs. Austin Peay is Senior Day and Costume Day. All fans who wear costumes will receive free admission. A costume contest will take place between sets two and three.
SCOUTING MURRAY STATE: The defending OVC champions defeated SIUE in five sets Sept. 23 in Murray, Kentucky. Rachel Giustino leads the Racers with 4.26 kills per set. The Racers have won four of their last five matches.
SCOUTING AUSTIN PEAY: The league-leading Governors defeated SIUE in five sets Sept. 22 in Clarksville, Tennessee. Ashley Slay and Christina White lead Austin Peay with 3.74 and 3.04 kills per set, respectively. The Governors hold a four-match winning streak to begin the week.
WINNING STREAK: SIUE is tops in the OVC with an eight-match winning streak. The Cougars also have won nine straight matches at the Vadalabene Center.
TOP 25 RANKING: Among NCAA Division I volleyball programs, SIUE is ranked 22nd nationally in opponent hitting percentage (.159) and team winning percentage (.818) as well as 23rd in digs per set (17.40).
OVER .700: The Cougars now have had two single-match offensive performances this season of .700 or better with 10 or more kills. Middle blocker Taylor Joens hit .722 against Morehead State (13-0-18). Outside hitter Ashley Witt hit .706 (12-0-17) against Tennessee Tech. 
NCAA TOP 100 RANKINGS (AS OF 10/25)
Hitting Percentage: Taylor Joens 41st/.383
Service Aces: Samantha Knight 30th/34
Aces Per Set: Samantha Knight 50th/0.40
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.
SERVE IT UP: Samantha Knight leads the OVC in service aces with 34. That is the most by a Cougar since Chelsea Colclasure and Kristen Torre each recorded 38 during the 2014 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.

Cougars Bow Out of the NIVC
November 29, 2017 Cougars Bow Out of the NIVC
Joens, Witt Named All-OVC
November 15, 2017 Joens, Witt Named All-OVC
SIUE Sweeps Eastern Illinois
November 1, 2017 SIUE Sweeps Eastern Illinois
SIUE Sweeps Tennessee Tech
October 21, 2017 SIUE Sweeps Tennessee Tech
SIUE Volleyball Dispatches EIU
September 27, 2017 SIUE Volleyball Dispatches EIU
PREVIEW: SIUE Opens Up OVC Play
September 21, 2017 PREVIEW: SIUE Opens Up OVC Play
SIUE Wins Cougar Invite
September 16, 2017 SIUE Wins Cougar Invite
SIUE Sweeps Georgia State
September 9, 2017 SIUE Sweeps Georgia State
Cougars Drop Tournament Opener
September 8, 2017 Cougars Drop Tournament Opener
Cougars Down Fort Wayne
August 26, 2017 Cougars Down Fort Wayne