Nov 28, 2017
Arkansas State (20-11) vs. SIUE (23-6), 3 p.m.
Stephen F. Austin (26-7) vs. Ole Miss (17-14), 6 p.m.
Second Round - Thursday, Nov. 30
At Oxford, Miss.
Winners play at 6 p.m.
SCOUTING ARKANSAS STATE: The Red Wolves won 10 of their last 12 matches heading into the NIVC. Carlisa May (4.16 kills per set) and Drew Jones (3.43 kills per set) account for more than half of Arkansas State's kills. Ellie Watkins is ranked 24th nationally in assists per set (11.18).
ONE PREVIOUS MEETING: Arkansas State defeated SIUE in three sets Sept. 13, 2014, at the Vadalabene Center.
TWO NAMED ALL-OVC: Middle blocker Taylor Joens was SIUE's lone player named to the All-OVC first team. Ashley Witt was named to the All-OVC second team.
NCAA TOP 100 RANKINGS (AS OF 11/27)
Service Aces: Samantha Knight 86th/38
Hitting Percentage: Taylor Joens 92nd/.344
CAREER KILLS: Ashley Witt became the 10th player to pass the 1,000 mark in career kills. She currently is No. 8 all-time with 1,157. No. 7 on the all-time list is Sydney Winslow (2007-10) with 1,177.
CAREER DIGS: Katie Shashack is third on the career digs list with 1,532.
FIVE SET THRILLERS: All three of SIUE's losses during the OVC regular season were in five sets (twice to Austin Peay and once to Murray State).
ACES: SIUE is 19-0 this season when recording more service aces than its opponent.
THE THIRD SET: SIUE is 18-0 this season when winning the third set.
STAT LEADER: Senior Taylor Joens leads the Cougars in kills (351), hitting percentage (.344), block solos (20), block assists (92), blocks (112) and points (439.0).
RPI TIME: SIUE is second in the OVC in the RPI at 90, trailing only OVC champion Austin Peay (58).
HIGH SCORING STARTS: SIUE is averaging 24.4 points scored in the first set this season.
DEFENSE, DEFENSE: SIUE is ranked No. 23 nationally in digs per set (17.35). Shashack leads the team with 4.23 per set, which is ranked 140th nationally.
HEAD COACH KENDALL PAULUS: Coach Paulus had the "acting" tag removed from her title. This is Coach Paulus' first season as head coach and seventh season at SIUE, having previously worked as an assistant coach. Paulus broke the school record for wins by a first-year head coach. The previous record was 22 by Joe Fisher during the 1999 season.