Posted: Sep 18, 2018
at Eastern Illinois (4-10, 0-0 OVC)
Wed., Sept. 19 - 6 p.m.
Series: EIU leads 10-8
OVC OPENER: SIUE travels to Charleston, Illinois, for the first match of the Ohio Valley Conference season. Eastern Illinois upset SIUE in the opening round of the 2017 OVC Tournament.
LAST TIME OUT: SIUE defeated Oral Roberts in the final match of the Cougar Classic with a five-set victory. Rachel McDonald was named to the All-Tournament team for the Cougars.
MORE ALL-TOURNEY: Three different players earned All-Tournament honors in the first four weeks of the season. McDonald earned honors at both the Cougar Classic and the IUPUI Hampton Inn Invitational. Annie Ellis was tabbed for All-Tournament honors at the Kangaroo Klassic. Hope Everett was named All-Tournament for the Cowtown Classic.
TOP BLOCK: SIUE is fifth in the OVC in blocks per set (1.98).
PREVIEWING THE PANTHERS: Libero Anne Hughes was named the OVC Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 6.44 digs per set. Maggie Runge is the team's top hitter (.273 hitting percentage) and top blocker (1.09 blocks per set).
PREVIEWING THE BRUINS: The Bruins have lost their first 12 matches of the season and begin OVC play at Tennessee State. Maggie Mullins leads the team in kills with 98. Carly Mason tops the team in assists with 6.58 per set.
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 and 2005.
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.