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PREVIEW: OVC Home Opener for Cougars

Cougar Volleyball

Complete Match Notes

SIUE (2-12, 1-1 OVC) vs. UT Martin (7-8, 1-1 OVC)
Fri., Sept. 28 - 6 p.m.
Series: SIUE leads 10-8

SIUE 2-12, 1-1 OVC) vs. Southeast Missouri (9-6, 1-1 OVC)
Sat., Sept. 29 - 2 p.m.
Series: SIUE leads 11-7

PROMOTIONS/SPECIAL EVENTS: Friday's game is a Code RED where fans are asked to wear Cougar Red for the contest against UT Martin. Red sunglasses will be handed out to the first 100 fans. Saturday's game is Alumni Day at the Vadalabene Center. 
OVC WEEK 2: This is the home Ohio Valley Conference opener for the Cougars. SIUE will play these same two teams on the road during the first weekend in November.
LAST TIME OUT: SIUE picked up its first road victory with a three-set sweep at Belmont. Rachel McDonald led the Cougars with 13 kills. Jordyn Klein recorded a career-high 21 digs.
NATIONALLY-RANKED: SIUE is 48th in the nation in digs per set with 16.61. The Cougars picked up 69 digs (23 per set) in their last outing against Belmont.
PREVIEWING THE SKYHAWKS: UT Martin defeated Murray State in five sets and lost to Austin Peay in four sets during the opening weekend of OVC play. Megan Fair is the team's leader in kills (142) and is second in digs (143). Justine Walker is the team's top blocker (0.90 per set).
PREVIEWING THE REDHAWKS: SEMO also split on opening weekend with a five-set win over Murray State and a three-set loss to Austin Peay. Laney Malloy is the team's top player in kills (191). Maggie Adams leads the blockers (1.09 blocks per set). Claire Ochs is among the OVC leaders in assists per set (10.18).
AROUND THE COUNTRY: SIUE has players on the roster from nine states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Texas.
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.
Kills: Rachel McDonald 115
Assists: Mallory Nicholson 274
Service Aces: Mallory Nicholson 15
Blocks: Hope Everett 47
Points: Rachel McDonald 132.5
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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