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PREVIEW: SIUE vs. Jacksonville State in OVC Tournament First Round

OVC Volleyball Championship

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First Round: Thursday, November 15
#3 Morehead State vs. #6 Southeast Missouri, 11 a.m.
#2  Murray State vs. #7 UT Martin, 1:30 p.m.
#4 Jacksonville State vs. #5 SIUE, 4:30 p.m.
#1 Austin Peay vs. #8 Tennessee State, 7 p.m.
Semifinals: Friday, November 16
Winner of Match 1 vs. Winner of Match 2, 2:30 p.m.
Winner of Match 3 vs. Winner of Match 4, 5 p.m. 
Championship: Saturday, November 17
Semifinal Winners, 12 p.m. CT
FINAL EIGHT: SIUE is the No. 5 seed for the OVC Tournament, its third straight appearance in the league's postseason tournament.
TIEBREAKER: SIUE and SEMO tied for fifth place overall, but SIUE earned the lower seed because SEMO lost one more set during overall conference play.
LAST MEETING: SIUE hit a season-low .024 at Jacksonville State October 13th in losing 3-0 to the Gamecocks. Annie Ellis was the leading hitter with seven kills.
GOING FIVE: SIUE is 2-0 this season in five-set matches.
PREVIEWING JACKSONVILLE STATE: The Gamecocks won their final three matches to earn the No. 4 seed for the OVC Tournament. Kaylee Frear led Jacksonville State with 19 kills and a .545 hitting percentage last weekend in wins over Tennessee Tech and Southeast Missouri.
DIG IT: SIUE's defense set a record for the Division I era with 112 digs against Eastern Illinois. SIUE libero Jordyn Klein set a new career high with 29 digs.
THREE-TIME AWARD WINNER: Hope Everett was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week two consecutive weeks (Oct. 19-27) as well as the final week of the season. 
NATIONALLY-RANKED: SIUE is ranked 15th nationally in team attacks per set (38.77) and 21st in digs per set (17.52). The Cougars lead both categories among OVC teams.
SERVING IT UP: Mallory Nicholson leads the team with 27 service aces followed by 26 from Rachel McDonald.
ON THE BLOCK: Everett leads the Cougars in solo blocks (14) and block assists (67).
GETTING IT DONE AT HOME: SIUE finished 7-4 this season at home and 19-6 under Head Coach Kendall Paulus. The Cougars were 6-2 in OVC home matches this season and 13-3 unde Paulus.
Governors Down Cougars
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Gamecocks Thwart SIUE
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Murray State Upends Cougars
October 5, 2018 Murray State Upends Cougars
Cougars Down SEMO in Four Sets
September 29, 2018 Cougars Down SEMO in Four Sets
Cougars Win OVC Home Opener
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SIUE Sweeps Belmont
September 22, 2018 SIUE Sweeps Belmont
EIU Tops Cougars
September 19, 2018 EIU Tops Cougars
September 14, 2018 NKU Downs SIUE
Providence, UMKC Down Cougars
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Cougars Open IUPUI Tourney
August 31, 2018 Cougars Open IUPUI Tourney
Cougars Drop Season Opener
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