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PREVIEW: Cougars Face Off Against EIU

SIUE Volleyball
Complete Match Notes
Series Record vs. Eastern Illinois

SIUE (19-5, 9-3 OVC)
vs. Eastern Illinois (12-12, 6-6 OVC)
11/1, 6 pm CT
Edwardsville, Ill.
Vadalabene Center

SCOUTING EASTERN ILLINOIS: The Panthers are third in the OVC in kills per set (13.36), which is just behind SIUE (13.40). Anne Hughes leads the OVC in digs per set (5.03). Allie Hueston is the team's top offensive player with a .314 hitting percentage.
SERIES RECORD: Although Eastern Illinois leads the series 9-7, SIUE has won the last three meetings, including a four-set victory in Charleston, Illinois, back on Sept. 27.
TOP 25 RANKING: Among NCAA Division I volleyball programs, SIUE is ranked 20th in digs per set (17.49) and 22nd in total digs (1,662).
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. 
Hitting Percentage: Taylor Joens 55th/.369
Service Aces: Samantha Knight 44th/35
Aces Per Set: Samantha Knight 86th/0.37
Total Digs: Katie Shashack 96th/401
Points: Taylor Joens 99th/369.0
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.
OFFENSE AND DEFENSE: SIUE leads the OVC in hitting percentage (.227) and opponent hitting percentage (.167).
Katie Shashack: Digs 4th/1,446
Ashley Witt: Attack attempts 4th/3,069
Katie Shashack: Digs per set 6th/3.48
Samantha Knight: Assists 8th/1,178
Ashley Witt: Kills 8th/1,111
Samantha Knight: Assists per set 8th/5.56
Carley Ramich: Block assists 9th/253
Ashley Witt: Points 10th/1,249.0
Katie Shashack: Assists per set 10th/0.89
RAMICH RETURN: Carley Ramich returned to the lineup against Tennessee Tech Oct. 21. She tied Ashley Witt for the team lead with three blocks against Austin Peay.
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. The most wins by a first-year head coach is 22 by Joe Fisher during the 1999 season.
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