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PREVIEW: Volleyball Heads to Kangaroo Klassic

Kangaroo Klassic

Complete Tournament Notes

Kangaroo Klassic (Kansas City, Mo.)
vs. Providence - Sept. 7, 11 a.m.
at UMKC - Sept. 7, 7 p.m.
vs. Arkansas State - Sept. 8, 3:30 p.m.

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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.

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