Posted: Nov 14, 2018
OVC TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:
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.