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Volleyball Competes In Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational This Weekend

Sept. 6, 2007

Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational Notes
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -

Match 7
Southeast Missouri State (3-3) at Saint Louis (5-1)
Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational
Friday, Sept. 7, 2007 - 7 p.m.
Baughman-Eberhardt Center - St. Louis, Mo.

Match 8 Southeast Missouri State vs. Connecticut (5-0) Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 - 1:30 p.m. Baughman-Eberhardt Center - St. Louis, Mo.

Match 9 Southeast Missouri State vs. IUPUI (5-3) Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 - 4:30 p.m. Baughman-Eberhardt Center - St. Louis, Mo.

This Week:
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team heads to St. Louis this weekend to play its final in-season tournament of the year. Southeast opens the Santo Bento Volleyball Invitational against the host Billikens at the Baughman-Eberhardt Center on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Redhawks battle Connecticut at 1:30 p.m., before closing tournament play versus IUPUI at 4:30 p.m.

Scouting The Redhawks:
The Redhawks bring a 3-3 season record into this weekend's tournament after posting a 1-2 mark at the UNF Labor Day Classic last weekend. Southeast opened the classic with a 3-1 win over the host Ospreys before dropping a pair of matches the following day to Weber State, 3-0, and UTSA, 3-1. Leading the Redhawks offensively are junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger and senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader with 63 kills (2.86 kpg) apiece. Schlader also leads Southeast in blocks (3 solo, 15 assisted - 0.82 bpg) and service aces (12 - 0.55 sapg). Sophomore setter Sarah Barth has tallied a team-best 151 assists (7.51 apg) and sophomore libero Molly Davis leads the team with 115 digs (5.23 dpg) on the year.

Scouting The Billikens:
Saint Louis heads into this weekend's tournament with a 5-1 record and is playing at home for the first time this season. Last weekend, the Billikens captured the Bradley Radisson Hotel Invitational in Peoria, Ill., in convincing fashion after defeating the host Braves and Western Illinois via 3-0 scores along with a thrilling five-game victory over Montana. Sophomore outside hitter Bridget Fonke, who was named to the Radisson Hotel Invite All-Tournament team last weekend, leads SLU with 115 kills (5.23 kpg) and 18 service aces (0.82 sapg), while sophomore setter Whitney Roth paces the Billikens with 279 assists (12,68 apg) on the year and earned all-tourney team honors last weekend at Bradley. Sophomore libero Whitney Roth claimed tournament MVP accolades at Bradley and has amassed a team-best 77 digs (3.50 dpg) for SLU. Anne Kordes is currently in her fourth season at Saint Louis and has tallied a 56-43 career mark, which includes winning the Atlantic 10 regular-season and tournament championships last season in addition to being named the 2006 A-10 Coach of the Year.

Series History:
The Billikens hold an 18-15 lead in the all-time series with Southeast, including four of the last five meetings since 1999. SLU was victorious over the Redhawks in three games at the Baughman-Eberhardt Center last season.

Scouting The Huskies:
Connecticut enters the Midwest this weekend sporting a perfect 5-0 season record after winning the Davidson Invitational last weekend. The Huskies posted three-game sweeps of High Point and Davidson before defeating James Madison, 3-1, in the final contest of the tournament. UConn is led offensively by sophomore outside hitter and St. Louis native Kate Seabaugh's 47 kills (3.13 kpg), while freshman middle hitter Rebecca Murray has tallied a team-high 21 blocks (three solo, 18 assisted - 1.31 bpg). Sophomore setter Bridget Denson-Dornan leads the Huskies with 173 assists (10.81 apg) and a .435 hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Jessica Issac is the team leader in both digs (83 - 5.19 dpg) and service aces (10 - 0.62 sapg). Connecticut is led by fourth-year head coach Holly Strauss, who has produced a 39-24 career record with the Huskies.

Series History:
This will be the first-ever meeting between Southeast Missouri State and Connecticut in volleyball.

Scouting The Jaguars:
IUPUI holds a record of 5-3 heading into Missouri for this weekend's tournament at SLU. The Jaguars captures a pair of wins last weekend to finish second at their own Hampton Inn Invitational over Tennessee-Martin (3-0) and North Carolina A&T (3-0) before losing to Central Michigan in four games. Senior outside hitter Devika Bellamy leads IUPUI with 110 kills (4.23 kpg) and junior libero Chelsea Bastin has produced a team-best 97 digs (3.73 dpg). Sophomore setter Danielle Goodnight has tallied a team-high 267 assists (10.68 apg) and 14 service aces (0.56 sapg) for the Jaguars. Steve Payne has recorded a career record of 142-170 and is in his 11th season as head coach for IUPUI.

Series History:
The all-time series between Southeast and IUPUI is tied at 1-1. The Jaguars claimed the last match thanks to a 3-1 win over the Redhawks at the Indiana University Tournament during the 2003 season. Southeast was victorious in the teams' first-ever meeting in 2002 with a four-game win at the Radisson Hotel Invitational in Peoria, Ill.

Coach Ren on This Weekend's Tournament:
"We're really looking forward to improve on some different areas this weekend at the Saint Louis tournament. The North Florida tournament didn't do us much justice in terms of really improving and I felt that we kind of degressed from our first weekend at Ball State. We look to pick up the momentum again this weekend and really execute at the things we do well."

Up Next:
The Redhawks open Ohio Valley Conference play next weekend with a pair of matches in Tennessee. Southeast faces Tennessee State in its conference opener on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., before playing Tennessee Tech on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.

 
 

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