Posted: Oct 31, 2019
SIUE (11-11, 6-4 OVC)
vs. Murray State (13-9, 7-3 OVC)
Fri., Nov. 1, 6 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: SIUE split two away matches, defeating Eastern Kentucky 3-0 and falling to Morehead State 3-2.
DIG THIS: Jordyn Klein recorded a career high 31 digs in the team's win over Eastern Illinois. She also set the record for most digs in a three-set match. The previous record of 27 digs was set in 2000 and then later tied in 2004.
COUGARS BLOCK PARTY: The team is ranked second in the OVC in total blocks with 182. The Cougars are averaging 2.22 blocks per set on the season. Individually, Annie Ellis is fourth in the OVC with 89 total blocks.
SERIES STUFF: Murray State leads the series 17-3 against SIUE. The last meeting between these two teams was on September 28, 2019, when the Racers came away with the 3-0 victory. Austin Peay leads the overall series 13-8. The last meeting between these two teams was on September 27, 2019, when the Cougars defeated the Govenors 3-1.
PREVIEWING THE RACERS: The Racers are 13-9 on the season and 7-3 in OVC play. The team is coming off a 3-1 win against Tennessee Tech. Leading the Racers is Rachel Giustino with 423 kills and a .267 hitting average. Rachel Holthaus has also been a contributor to the team with 225 kills, a hitting percentage of .270 and 29 blocks.
PREVIEWING THE GOVENORS: The Govs are 7-17 on the season and are 5-5 in OVC play. The team is coming off 3-0 loss against Jacksonville State. The Govs are led by Brooke Moore who has 296 kills on the season and Chloe Stitt who has 226 kills. Also for the team, Karli Graham has 66 blocks on the season. The Govs will take on Eastern Illinois prior to the match agianst SIUE.
HOME SCHEDULE: The Cougars have three home matches left this season incuding matches agianst Belmont, Southeast Missouri and UT Martin.
HEAD COACH KENDALL PAULUS: Coach Paulus is in her third season as SIUE's head volleyball coach. She has an overall coaching record of 43-38, with a record of 27-15 in the OVC