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October 24, 2002

USI volleyball faces crucial road tests

Match Notes

The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team will be on the road, once again, as it travels to St. Louis, Missouri, and Edwardsville, Illinois, this Friday and Saturday, October 25-26, to take on the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Both matches will be crucial for the Screaming Eagles, which enter the weekend’s action with a 16-6 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. USI is tied with SIUE for the top spot in the GLVC Green Division and third place overall in the GLVC.

The Eagles are two games back of Lewis University and three games back of Northern Kentucky University in the win column for the overall lead in the GLVC. However, USI is tied with the two teams as well as SIUE in the loss column.

For the Eagles to remain in the thick of things, they will have to notch a pair of wins this weekend. History says that will not be an easy task as USI is a combined 10-18 since 1989 against Missouri-St. Louis and SIU Edwardsville.

Friday night, the Eagles enter a building that has not been an easy place to win at as of late. In USI’s previous three trips to the Mark Twain Building in St. Louis, the Eagles have gone five games with the Riverwomen and have escaped with two victories.

UMSL enters Friday night’s battle with an 11-9 overall record and a 2-5 mark against GLVC competition. Despite struggling in the GLVC, the Riverwomen knocked off SIU Edwardsville earlier in the season.

Saturday’s match at SIU Edwardsville will not be any easier. The Eagles dropped three matches a year ago to the Cougars during the regular season before topping them in the GLVC Tournament.

Coming off a pair of road wins last weekend, the Cougars enter this weekends action with a 15-8 overall mark.

USI will turn to junior setter Kim Boehmer (Cincinnati, Ohio) to set up an Eagle attack that is hitting .313 in its last eight matches. Boehmer’s 12.15 assists per game have led the Eagles to a league high .302 attacking percentage against conference opposition.

Boehmer’s main targets include senior outside hitters Shannon Wells (Merrillville, Indiana) and Kristi Kavanaugh (Montgomery, Indiana). Wells has hit .325 and averaged 4.84 kills, 1.56 service aces, and 4.32 digs per game in USI’s last eight matches. Kavanaugh also has picked up her performance in USI’s last eight matches, averaging 3.27 kills, 0.96 service aces, and 3.50 digs per game during that span.

Wells and Kavanaugh’s performances have been evident as the Eagles have gone 7-1 in their last eight matches and have posted a game record of 23-3. The Eagles are currently on a five match winning streak and have not lost a game during that span.

Start times for Friday and Saturday’s matches are 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

Dan McDonnell,
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