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Cougars Set to Compete in Tulsa Invitational

Cougars Set to Compete in Tulsa Invitational
 
Tulsa Invitational
Sept. 13 - vs. UTSA, 10 a.m. 
Sept. 14 - vs. Houston Baptist, 5 p.m. 
Sept. 15 - at Tulsa, 1 p.m. 
 
 
THIRD OF FOUR: The Cougars will compete in the Tulsa Invitational, their third tournament on the season. The team will wrap-up tournament play next weekend when they host the Cougar Classic. 
JUST THE BEGINNING: The Cougars will play both the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Houston Baptist for the first time in program history. The team will also compete against the host Tulsa for the second time in program history. Tulsa currently has the advantage 1-0 after their intial meeting on September 2, 2017. 
OVC NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK: Redshirt-Freshman Savannah Christian was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week after her efforts this past weekend. 
ALL-TOURNAMENT: Savannah Christian was named MVP of the Saluki Bash this past weekend. She ended the tournament with 34 kills, a hitting percentage of .400 and nine blocks. Redshirt-Junior Annie Ellis and Senior Mallory Nicholson were also members on the All-Tournament Team. Ellis had 22 kills, 13 blocks and hit .372 on the weekend and Nicholson tallied 61 assists and 26 digs. She also recorded a double-double agaisnt Southeastern Louisana with 18 assists and 10 digs.
SERVE IT UP: The Cougars are currently ranked 30th nationally in service aces with 44 and are second in the OVC. Leading the way for the team is Mallory Nicholson who has 11 aces on the season. 
HOME SCHEDULE: The Cougars will play 11 home matches this season, beginning with the Cougar Classic in September. Of their 11 games, the team will play eight Ohio Valley Conference matches at home including Austin Peay, Murray State, Eastern Illinois, Jacksonville State, Tennessee Tech, Belmont, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin.
HEAD COACH KENDALL PAULUS: Coach Paulus is in her third season as SIUE's head volleyball coach and ninth with the program. Paulus broke the school record for wins by a first-year head coach with 23 in 2017. She currently has an overall coaching record of 32-27, with a record of 21-11 in the OVC. 
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