Posted: Oct 01, 2019
SIUE (5-9, 0-2 OVC)
vs. Eastern Illinois (1-11, 0-2 OVC)
Fri., Oct. 2, 6 p.m.
First Community Arena at the Vadalabene Center
LAST TIMEOUT: SIUE opened Ohio Valley Conference play this past week falling to both Austin Peay and Murray State.
COUGARS BLOCK PARTY: The Cougars lead the OVC in blocks this season with 128. Annie Ellis ranks fifth individually in the OVC in blocks with 62.
DIG THIS: The team is currently third in the conference in number of digs with 877. Jordyn Klein leads the Cougars in digs with 234 and digs per set with 4.25.
SERIES STUFF: Eastern Illinois currently leads the sereies 11-9. The last meeting between these two teams was on October 24th, 2018 when the Cougars pulled away with the victory in a five set thriller. The Cougars last meeting with Tennessee State was on October 12, 2018 when SIUE fell short 3-0. Tennessee currently leads the overall series 5-4.
FACULTY APPRECIATION: The promotion for SIUE's match against Eastern Illinois is Faculty Appreciation night. Cougar volleyball players have nominated faculty members that have had an
impact on their student-athlete careers and would like to say thank you by honoring them. All faculty and staff members will receive free admission to this game.
PREVIEWING THE PANTHERS: The Panthers are 1-11 on the season and 0-2 in OVC play. Their lone win was against Robert Morris in five sets. Maggie Runge leads the panthers in hitting with 119 kills and in blocks with 46. Ireland Hieb has also been a contributor for the panthers by totaling 119 kills as well.
PREVIEWING THE TIGERS: The Tigers are 8-7 on the season and are 1-1 in OVC play. Julia Pierson currently leads the team in kills with 142, while averaging 2.78 kills per set. Aria Holmes has a total of 66 blocks on the season and 1.22 blocks per set.
HOME SCHEDULE: After Wednesday, the Cougars have five home matches left incuding 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. She currently has an overall coaching record of 37-36, with a record of 21-13 in the OVC.