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Redhawks Open Three-Match Stretch This Week

Oct. 9, 2007

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -

Match 20
Southern Illinois (11-7)
at Southeast Missouri State (9-10, 5-4)
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007 - 7 p.m.
Houck Fieldhouse - Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Series History: SIU leads 16-9
Last Meeting: SIU, 3-0 (9/12/06)

Match 21 Southeast Missouri State at Samford (8-9, 3-5) Ohio Valley Conference Match Friday, Oct. 12, 2007 - 7 p.m. Pete Hanna Arena - Birmingham, Ala. Series History: SEMO leads 6-0 Last Meeting: SEMO, 3-0 (11/10/06)

Match 22 Southeast Missouri State at Jacksonville State (10-5, 7-1) Ohio Valley Conference Match Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007 - 2 p.m. Dunn Center - Jacksonville, Ala. Series History: JSU leads 7-5 Last Meeting: JSU, 3-0 (11/18/06 - OVC Tournament Finals)

This Week
Southeast Missouri State volleyball continues a three-match stretch this week with two contests on the road. The Redhawks open the week with a non-conference contest Tuesday night against Southern Illinois at Houck Fieldhouse starting at 7 p.m. Southeast then travels to Alabama for a pair of Ohio Valley Conference weekend matches, beginning Friday night at Samford with the first serve set for 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Redhawks conclude the week with an OVC Tournament final rematch at Jacksonville State that starts at 2 p.m.

Scouting The Redhawks
Southeast enters the week sporting a season record of 9-10 that includes a 5-4 ledger against OVC competition. The Redhawks split a pair of conference road matches last week with a 3-0 loss at Murray State coupled with a 3-2 win at Austin Peay. Leading Southeast offensively is junior outside hitter Aubrey Dondlinger with 208 kills (3.35 kpg) and 18 service aces (0.26 sapg) on the year, while sophomore right side hitter Karleigh DeLong is second on the squad in kills (220 - 3.55 kpg) and digs (202- 3.26 dpg). Sophomore setter Sarah Barth holds a team-best 548 assists (9.79 apg) and sophomore libero Molly Davis has notched a team-best 350 digs (4.67 dpg) for the Redhawks. Senior middle blocker Brenna Schlader is the team leader with 64 blocks (11 solo, 53 assisted - 0.91 bpg) and has also recorded 18 service aces (0.26 sapg).

Scouting The Salukis
Southern Illinois heads into the week with a record of 11-7 on the year and is 3-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The Salukis earned a conference weekend split in Carbondale last weekend with a 3-1 win over Drake and a 3-0 loss to Creighton. Junior outside hitter Kristie Berwanger currently leads SIU with 199 kills (3.37 kpg) this season, while sophomore middle blocker Marina Media has tallied a team-best 78 blocks (nine solo, 69 assisted - 1.26 bpg) and a .357 hitting percentage. Sophomore middle blocker Chandra Robertson ranks second on the team in kills (183 - 2.82 kpg), blocks (13 solo, 60 assisted, 73 blocks - 1.12 bpg) and hitting percentage (.318), and junior setter Brooklyn Robbins has posted a team-high 24 service aces (0.38 sapg). Junior libero Kristy Elswick is leading the Salukis in digs with 448 (4.82 dpg). SIU is guided by head coach Brenda Winkeler, who has posted a 32-42 record in two-plus seasons at the school.

Series History
Southern Illinois holds a 16-9 lifetime advantage over Southeast that includes a three-game victory last season in Carbondale. The Salukis won a five-game contest in the teams' last meeting at Houck Fieldhouse during the 2005 season and have produced a 6-3 record there since 1975.

Scouting The Bulldogs
Samford brings an 8-9 season record into the weekend and is 3-5 in OVC play, but has dropped its last four contests. Last weekend, the Bulldogs dropped a pair of four-game decisions in Kentucky to Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. Junior outside hitter Sara Sears has amassed a team-best 200 kills (3.03 kpg) and Hillary Fountain has tallied 674 assists (11.23 apg) for Samford. Junior outside hitter Sheridan Stangohr leads the team with a .317 hitting percentage and 91 blocks (11 solo, 80 assisted - 1.38 bpg). Senior libero Kristen Kirch has tallied 367 digs (5.56 dpg) on the season. Michelle Durban is currently in her fourth season as Samford's head coach and has produced a 28-75 record at the school located in Birmingham, Ala.

Series History
The Redhawks have produced a 6-0 record in the all-time series with Samford since it joined the OVC in 2003. Southeast swept the season series last year with the Bulldogs, including a 3-0 victory in Birmingham.

Scouting The Gamecocks
Defending OVC champion Jacksonville State has posted a 10-5 season ledger which includes a 7-1 mark against conference competition that has it currently sitting in first place. The Gamecocks posted a 3-0 victory at Eastern Kentucky and followed that with a 3-1 win at Morehead State during last weekend's conference slate. Senior outside hitter/middle hitter Abbey Breit, the reigning OVC Player of the Year, has produced a team-best 241 kills (4.08 kpg) and 53 blocks (12 solo, 41 assisted - 0.90 bpg), while ranking second in digs with 213 (3.61 dpg). Freshman setter Brooke Schumacher has amassed 725 assists (12.29 apg) and sophomore outside hitter Brittany Whitten leads the Gamecocks with 26 service aces (0.44 sapg). Senior libero Abbey Vierling has recorded a team-high 258 digs (4.37 dpg) on the season. Jacksonville State is coached by sixth-year head coach Rick Nold, who has notched a career record of 111-52 and has captured the last two OVC Tournament titles.

Series History
Jacksonville State holds a 7-5 leading margin in the all-time series with Southeast and has earned wins in the last four meetings since 2005. The Gamecocks swept the regular season series last year, including a 3-1 win in Jacksonville, Ala., and claimed a 3-0 win in the 2006 OVC Tournament final to claim their second straight conference tourney title.

Up Next
Southeast makes a return to Houck Fieldhouse next week to begin a three-match homestand, beginning Oct. 18 against Tennessee State with the first serve at 7 p.m.

 
 

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