THIRD OF FOUR: This is the third of four tournaments for the Cougars. Next week, SIUE opens the home schedule with the Cougar Classic, welcoming Northern Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and Oral Roberts to the Vadalabene Center.
SERIES: SIUE defeated Providence in its only previous meeting back in 2008. This is the seventh meeting with UMKC. SIUE is 2-4 overall against the Roos. Arkansas State defeated the Cougars last season in a neutral-site contest.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Sophomore Rachel McDonald was named to the All-Tournament team at the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational. McDonald led the Cougars with 30 kills while recording a .218 hitting percentage in 11 sets played.
DIG IT: SIUE's defense is tied for third in the Ohio Valley Conference in digs per set at 16.61. Tennessee State leads the OVC at 16.64.
MORE DIGS: SIUE has no players ranked in the top 10 in digs per set among OVC players because four are averaging 2.80 or better. Jordyn Klein leads the team at 3.45 followed by Dylynn Otte (3.00), Nicholson (2.91) and McDonald (2.81).
THAT'S AN ACE: Nicholson is tied for eighth in the OVC in service aces per set (0.33).
TOP NUMBERS: Redshirt freshman Hope Everett is the Cougars' team leader in kills (50) and blocks (19).
AROUND THE COUNTRY: SIUE has players on the roster from nine states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Texas.
NEWCOMERS: SIUE has a handful of new faces on the 2018 roster, including freshmen Ellen LeMasters (Greenwood, Indiana), Grace Hurst (McCordsville, Indiana), Hannah Bagley (Superior, Colorado), Savannah Christian (Washington, Missouri), and Leila Manaois (Glendale, California). Hope Everett (Norris City, Illinois) sat out last season and is a redshirt freshman this season.
HALL OF FAME: Former SIUE All-American Heather (Bonde) Ohlau (2002-05) will be inducted Oct. 13 into the SIUE Athletics Hall of Fame. Bonde is No. 1 all-time at SIUE in hitting percentage at .324 and was an All-American in both 2004 (honorable mention) and 2005 (third team).
HEAD COACH KENDALL PAULUS: Coach Paulus is in her second season as head coach and eighth season at SIUE, having previously worked as an assistant coach. Paulus broke the school record for wins by a first-year head coach with 23.
May 20, 2019 SIUE Student-Athletes Continue to Excel in Classroom
January 30, 2019 SIUE Athletics Eyes $25 for 25 Campaign
January 15, 2019 SIUE Volleyball Offers Three Winter Clinics
December 20, 2018 SIUE Athletics Hits Milestone Academic Mark
December 6, 2018 2018-19 OVC Team Sportsmanship Award to SIUE
November 26, 2018 Support #GivingTuesday and SIUE Athletics
November 20, 2018 SIUE Volleyball Adds Two Newcomers
November 15, 2018 SIUE Volleyball Drops OVC Tournament Quarterfinal Match
November 14, 2018 SIUE Athletics Continues Upward Trend in Graduating Student-Athletes
November 14, 2018 Prairie Farms Student-Athlete of the Week
November 14, 2018 PREVIEW: SIUE vs. Jacksonville State in OVC Tournament First Round
November 14, 2018 SIUE's McDonald, Everett Honored by OVC
November 12, 2018 Everett Named OVC Co-Newcomer of the Week
November 10, 2018 Cougars Earn No. 5 Seed for OVC Tournament
November 9, 2018 Governors Down Cougars
November 3, 2018 Extra Effort Lifts Cougars Over Skyhawks
November 2, 2018 Cougars Begin Road Trip With Loss at Southeast Missouri
November 1, 2018 PREVIEW: SIUE Travels to Southeast Missouri, UT Martin
October 31, 2018 Prairie Farms Student-Athlete of the Week
October 29, 2018 SIUE's Everett Repeats as OVC Newcomer of the Week
October 27, 2018 SIUE Keeps Rolling With Four-Set Win Over Tennessee State
October 26, 2018 PREVIEW: Cougars Look to Continue Strong Play at Home
October 24, 2018 McDonald's 30 Kills Sparks Cougars Over Panthers
October 23, 2018 PREVIEW: Cougars Set for Rematch With Eastern Illinois
October 22, 2018 Everett Named OVC Volleyball Newcomer of the Week
October 20, 2018 SIUE Volleyball Downs Eastern Kentucky
October 19, 2018 SIUE Powers Past Morehead State
October 18, 2018 PREVIEW: SIUE Welcomes Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky
October 13, 2018 Gamecocks Thwart SIUE
October 12, 2018 Tennessee Tech Upends Cougars
October 6, 2018 Cougars Fall to Austin Peay in Four Sets
October 5, 2018 Murray State Upends Cougars
October 4, 2018 PREVIEW: Cougars Head to Murray State, Austin Peay
October 2, 2018 VolleyMob.com Honors SIUE's McDonald
October 1, 2018 McDonald, LeMasters Earn OVC Weekly Honors
September 29, 2018 Cougars Down SEMO in Four Sets
September 28, 2018 Cougars Win OVC Home Opener
September 27, 2018 PREVIEW: OVC Home Opener for Cougars
September 26, 2018 Prairie Farms Student-Athlete of the Week
September 22, 2018 SIUE Sweeps Belmont
September 19, 2018 EIU Tops Cougars
September 18, 2018 PREVIEW: SIUE Opens OVC Regular Season
September 15, 2018 SIUE Bests Oral Roberts in Five Sets
September 14, 2018 NKU Downs SIUE
September 13, 2018 PREVIEW: Home Opener for Volleyball Cougars
September 8, 2018 Cougars Close Out Kangaroo Klassic
September 7, 2018 Providence, UMKC Down Cougars
September 6, 2018 PREVIEW: Volleyball Heads to Kangaroo Klassic
September 1, 2018 Cougars Fall to IUPUI, Western Michigan
August 31, 2018 Cougars Open IUPUI Tourney
August 30, 2018 PREVIEW: Volleyball Heads to IUPUI Tourney
August 25, 2018 Everett Named All-Tournament at Cowtown Classic
August 24, 2018 Cougars Drop Season Opener
August 23, 2018 PREVIEW: SIUE Opens 2018 Regular Season
August 14, 2018 Cougars Tabbed Third in OVC Volleyball Preseason Poll
July 17, 2018 SIUE Volleyball Earns AVCA Honors
June 20, 2018 Volleyball Cougars Announce 2018 Schedule