Oct 04, 2018
OVC HONORS: Rachel McDonald and Ellen LeMasters were honored Monday for their play this past weekend against UT Martin. McDonald was named the OVC Player of the Week while LeMasters was tabbed the OVC Newcomer of the Week.
NATIONAL HONOR: VolleyMob.com selected McDonald as an honorable mention recipient of its national Player of the Week honor.
LAST TIME OUT: SIUE extended its winning streak to three matches with a four-set victory over Southeast Missouri. The Cougars set a season high with a .374 hitting percentage. Four players finished in double figures in kills led by 19 from McDonald.
NATIONALLY-RANKED: SIUE is 24th in the nation in digs per set with 17.21. The Cougars picked up 75 digs in their last outing against Southeast Missouri.
PREVIEWING THE RACERS: Murray State picked up its first victory of the OVC season, a three-set sweep over Eastern Kentucky. Rachel Giustino leads the OVC with 4.18 kills per set and 4.68 points per set. The Racers are fifth in the OVC in hitting percentage at .177.
PREVIEWING THE GOVERNORS: Preseason OVC-favorite Austin Peay join Tennessee State as the lone undefeated teams in OVC play. The Governors are hitting a OVC-leading .249 as a team led by the trio of Kaylee Taff (.307), Jenna Panning (.291) and Logan Carger (.281), all of whom are among the league's top 10 hitters.
LEADING THE LEAGUE: After four conference matches, SIUE is No. 1 in hitting percentage (.266), assists per set (15.14), kills per set (15.93) and digs per set with Austin Peay (20.57).
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.
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.