Posted: Oct 26, 2018
LAST TIME OUT: Rachel McDonald became the second player in school history to record 30 kills in a match as SIUE defeated Eastern Illinois in five sets Wednesday. SIUE is now 5-0 in OVC matches at the Vadalabene Center.
BEST IN THE OVC: McDonald now has the top two matches in the OVC in kills with 30 against EIU and 24 (tied) against UT Martin.
DIG IT: SIUE's defense set a record for the Division I era with 112 digs against EIU. SIUE libero Jordyn Klein set a new career high with 29 digs.
AWARD WINNER: Hope Everett was named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week after recording 24 kills last weekend.
SATURDAY'S PROMOTIONS: Saturday is Halloween Costume Day as well as Faculty Appreciation Day. All students and fans are all encouraged to wear Halloween costumes to the match to create some extra fun in the Vadalabene Center. We also are inviting all faculty and staff out for Faculty Appreciation Day. All faculty and staff as well as one guest will receive free admission and each additional guest can receive the special group rate price of $3.
GETTING IT DONE AT HOME: SIUE is 6-2 this season at home as well as 18-4 under Head Coach Kendall Paulus.
AN ASSIST ON THE PLAY: In OVC-only matches, SIUE leads the league in assists with 13.27 per set.
GOING FIVE: SIUE is 2-0 this season in five-set matches.
ON THE BLOCK: Everett leads the Cougars in blocks with 10 solo blocks and 48 block assists.
PREVIEWING THE TIGERS: The Tigers are powered by setter Laken Te'O who has recorded 12 double-doubles and 9.33 assists per set. Julia Pierson is the top hitter with a .228 hitting percentage and 3.38 kills per set.
FLYING SOLO: Mallory Nicholson is the lone player to have appeared in all 83 sets this season.
HOME SWEET HOME: SIUE has three of its last five OVC matches at the Vadalabene Center. The top eight in the OVC standings qualify for the league tournament to be hald at the site of the No. 1 seed.
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.