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September 27, 2005

SIUE To Host Two Previews For College-Bound Students And Parents

Each year more and more students have been considering SIUE, and that means a growing number of them have been attending PREVIEW SIUE each fall. In fact, the number of students and parents attending PREVIEW has doubled in the past five years.

This year, SIUE will conduct its annual open house event twice to accommodate the larger crowds of visiting students and parents-on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 10, and Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

"PREVIEW SIUE is an opportunity for prospective students and their families to obtain answers to all their questions in one visit to campus" said Karen Bollinger, assistant director of SIUE Admissions and Academic Marketing. "Our program is one of the few campus-visit programs that includes participation from virtually all academic and student services units in one setting."

Because of the larger crowds, Bollinger said, it was decided to offer the event over two days. "We believe we can do a much better job in personalizing PREVIEW by offering the event on two separate days," she said. "We like to get to know the students and their parents, while at the same time offering them the information they'll need to make sound decisions about a college choice.

"At PREVIEW SIUE, our faculty and staff take an active role in talking with prospective students and introducing them to the academic opportunities available at SIUE."

At both events, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Boyd Bradshaw will present opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. in Meridian Ballroom, on the first floor of the Morris University Center. Students may speak one-on-one to department representatives at each event during the information fairs in the Goshen Lounge from 10 a.m. to noon.

At both PREVIEW opportunities, the opening session, SIUEssentials, will cover information on admission requirements, financing an education, and University Housing options. Students then will have opportunities to tour the central campus, meet with faculty and staff at the information fair, or attend an informational session of their choice. All academic units will play host to the informational sessions for students interested in their respective program.

Also, prospective students may attend a panel session made up of current SIUE students. Similarly, prospective parents also may attend a panel of parents of current SIUE students.

Informational session topics include Tailor-Made Careers, Transferring to SIUE, as well as academic sessions presented by the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

Check-in and on-site registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Morris University Center. It is recommended that interested students pre-register online at the Web site:, or by telephone: (800) 447-SIUE.

Tours of the campus, residence halls, and Lovejoy Library will be offered until 2 p.m., while campus offices will remain open until 4:30 p.m. PREVIEW parking will be available in the Student Fan Lots. There is no charge for either event.

SIUE Jazz Supper Dance Set For Oct. 2; To Feature Music Of Ellington

With its theme of "Mood Indigo-A Tribute to the Duke," the 17th Annual Jazz Supper Dance, featuring WSIE-FM's Ross Gentile as emcee, will offer an evening of fun, food, and music from 6-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

Proceeds benefit the SIUE Friends of Music scholarship fund that provides scholarships to talented music students. Half of the ticket price is a gift to the Friends organization and may be considered a tax deductible contribution. The Friends organization is a support group for the Department of Music.

Set in Meridian Ballroom, the Jazz Supper Dance offers a cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing to the big band sounds of SIUE's Concert Jazz Band, under the direction of SIUE Professor Brett Stamps, director of the Jazz Studies Program. Music during cocktails will be provided by guitarist Rick Haydon, also a professor in the program.

Popular St. Louis area vocalist Mardra Thomas and her husband, pianist Reggie Thomas, an associate professor of Music and head of the SIUE Black Studies program, and musician Scott Alberici also will be featured artists.

The event will be lavishly sprinkled throughout with the music of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington, famed band leader and influential composer who shaped American music for five decades.

Tickets for the Jazz Supper Dance are $50 per person; a table of eight may be reserved for $350. A Blue Note sponsorship ($500) entitles a table of eight to preferred seating and recognition in the evening's printed program.

For reservations or for more information, call Martee Lucas in the SIUE Department of Music, (618) 650-3799, or, from St. Louis toll-free, (888) 328-5168, Ext. 3799.

2005 Entrepreneurial Summit Set For Oct. 20 In Collinsville

The SIUE School of Business will take part in the "Southwestern Illinois 2005 Entrepreneurial Summit: Bridge to Economic Growth," slated for Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville.

Results of a regional "economic climate" survey will be shared and discussed at the summit. The survey was taken this past summer by the Madison-Bond and Mid America Workforce Investment Boards of potential and current entrepreneurs to gauge the prospects for starting or expanding a business in the area, as well as concerns over the region's entrepreneurial climate.

The Survey and Entrepreneurial Summit represent a collaboration between the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) (Opportunity Returns), Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, Madison-Bond Workforce Investment Board, Madison County, Mid America Workforce Investment Board, the SIUE Southwestern Illinois Entrepreneur Center, St. Clair County, and the Tri-City Regional Port Authority.

Entrepreneurs of all types are sought to interview and possibly be invited to participate in informal group sessions to discuss the challenges of starting and sustaining new businesses.

Interested entrepreneurs should be located in the region that includes the counties of Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair, Randolph and Washington. They may be a home-based business, sole proprietor, or a high impact company. "Art-preneurs" and social and civic entrepreneurs are also encouraged to participate. A response is also welcome from individuals who are planning a micro-enterprise.

"Interviews will also be conducted with organizations, community leaders, and individuals who may provide support services or funding in the region," said Linda Odle, of the Madison County Employment and Training Department. "The survey results will be used to identify catalysts to generate a more robust entrepreneurial climate throughout the region leading to the creation of new jobs, easier access to startup capital, and higher success rates among startup companies," she said.

For additional information, or, for those interested in attending the Oct.20 summit, may contact Odle by telephone, (618) 296-4456, or by e-mail:

DDIL Announces $250K Pledge To SIU Dental School

In an effort to further its mission of improving access to oral health and providing oral health education to Illinois citizens, Delta Dental of Illinois (DDIL) announced today it is providing a $250,000 grant to the SIU School of Dental Medicine.

The grant, distributed through $50,000 donations for the next five years, will provide resources for the expansion of the School's Main Clinic in Alton. The expansion includes an Advanced Care Wing, already under construction, which provides new operatory space and a new classroom.

"The expansion will allow the dental school to better serve our patients, particularly those needing specialty consultations and complex treatment," said Ann Boyle, dean of the School. "Educational opportunities will be enhanced, giving pre-doctoral students greater exposure to, and interaction with, graduate students and specialty faculty."

This additional space allows the School to consolidate the teaching of general dentistry and specialty disciplines, including periodontics and endodontics, into one location. A prominent feature of the new addition is a pediatric dentistry bay, which includes four operatories dedicated to pediatric dentistry.

"As part of our mission, Delta Dental of Illinois is committed to improving oral health in the communities we serve," said Dr. Robert E. Dennison, president and CEO of DDIL. "Education and access to care play key roles in improving oral health.

Dennison said the SIU School of Dental Medicine "obviously does important work on both fronts, greatly benefiting the community. We are proud to support the School and its good work by doing what we can to help provide better education to its students and improved care to its patients."

Earlier this month, Dennison and Dr. Frank Maggio, chair of the DDIL Board and a practicing periodontist in Elgin, presented a $50,000 check to Boyle at the Illinois State Dental Society's Annual Session.

"Supporting the expansion of the SIU School of Dental Medicine's clinic is a wonderful opportunity for Delta Dental of Illinois to help improve the oral health in Illinois," said Dr. Maggio. "We're delighted to support the School."

Delta Dental of Illinois is a not-for-profit dental service corporation specializing in providing comprehensive, easy-to-use and cost-effective benefits to more than one million employees and family members in more than 3,000 employee groups throughout Illinois.

Based in Lisle, DDIL offers an array of extensive nationwide network-based managed fee-for-service, PPO, and dental HMO plans.

SIUE Athletics Announces Inaugural Hall Of Fame Class

With a history of widespread success on and off the field, SIUE Intercollegiate Athletics will induct 16 individuals and four teams into its inaugural Hall of Fame Class on Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Vadalabene Center Gymnasium.

"The wealth of success of SIUE Athletics has been phenomenal since the beginning of this program," Director of Athletics Brad Hewitt said. "It's time we formally recognize the individuals and teams that have placed SIUE among the nation's elite."

The first Hall of Fame class will be inducted at a dinner and ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 and may be reserved by calling Theresa, (618) 650-3273, or by printing out the form at and sending it to SIUE Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Box 1129, Edwardsville, Ill. 62026.

The Hall of Fame class includes 12 student-athletes, all of whom are graduates of the University, from a cross-section of sports and eras. Four administrators and coaches also are to be inducted. The first national championship teams from men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, and wrestling also are to be honored.

The inductees are:
• Mike Allen (BS '75), track and field
• Rosemarie Archangel, first Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for women
• Christina Bokelund (BS '89), women's tennis
• Chris Carenza (BS '75, MA '83), men's soccer
• Pete Delkus (BS '90), baseball
• Arjun Fernando (BS '80), men's tennis
• Amy Frey (BS '83), softball and field hockey
• Harry Gallatin, first director of Intercollegiate Athletics
• Portia George-Morrow (BS '91), women's tennis
• Ed Gettemeier (BS '83, MS '96), men's soccer
• Bob Guelker, laid the foundation for the men's soccer tradition at SIUE
• Roy Lee, founder of SIUE's baseball program
• Greg Makowski (BS '79), men's soccer
• Al Sears (BS '87), wrestling
• Denise Schaake (BS '83), softball
• Tim Wright (BS '87), wrestling
• 1972 Men's Soccer
• 1978 Men's Tennis
•1986 Women's Tennis
• 1984 Wrestling

Meridian Society Announces Workshop Speakers

The SIUE Meridian Society will host the Women's Philanthropy Workshop, The Joy and Influence of Giving, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 9:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Morris University Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

The workshop will feature nationally recognized speakers and discussion leaders, regional experts on financial planning and women's giving plans, group discussions, a panel discussion led by donors and philanthropic leaders, and a reception for meeting speakers and networking with other participants.

Two nationally-known speakers will present keynote addresses: Claire Gaudiani, a professor at the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, will deliver the morning keynote address; Tracy Gary, a "donor activist" and philanthropist for more than 25 years, will deliver the luncheon keynote address.

Other speakers include Martha A. Taylor, vice president of the University of Wisconsin Foundation and co-founder of The Women's Philanthropy Institute; Sondra Shaw-Hardy, co-founder of The Women's Philanthropy Institute and co-author of "Reinventing Fundraising;" Debra C. Engle, vice president for development at Iowa State University; Ellen Sherberg, publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal; and James Maher, financial advisor in charge at Merrill Lynch.

"The Women's Philanthropy Workshop will engage women through education and inspiration on their philanthropic potential," said Harold Melser, executive director of University Development at SIUE and staff advisor for the Meridian Society.

"By providing nationally recognized speakers and area experts on philanthropy through the support of partners and commercial sponsors, we are achieving the goals of SIUE for community engagement and excellent reputation."

The workshop is designed for women philanthropists and donors; women business executives and professionals; college and university faculty interested in philanthropy; fund-raising executives; community leaders; nonprofit and foundation CEOs, board members, and staff; and financial and legal advisors.

Registration for SIUE employees, for the full day, is $60, which includes all sessions, workshop materials, continental breakfast, lunch, break refreshments, and the reception. For more information or to register, call (618) 650-2345.

Gaudiani is author of The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism, with stories from American history, and data and survey results that illustrate the book's thesis. "Americans are not generous because we are rich; we are rich because we are generous," Gaudiani said.

She is a frequent speaker, both nationally and internationally, on topics related to education, philanthropy, ethics, and the role of colleges in civil society.

Gary has founded 14 nonprofit agencies, including Resourceful Women, the Women's Foundation of San Francisco, the International Donor Dialogue Network, and the Changemakers Fund, for which she is currently raising $20 million to expand and strengthen community-based philanthropy.

She also supports and educates donors, family foundations, financial service organizations, and nonprofits about the stewardship of money, leadership, and philanthropy through Community Consulting Services, which she founded in 1978.

Organized in October 2003, the SIUE Meridian Society is an organization for women in philanthropy. The workshop is being co-sponsored by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University's Women's Philanthropy Institute (WPI). IU's WPI was founded in 1997 by women dedicated to the mission of inspiring, educating, and encouraging women to effect change in the world through philanthropy.

Balanced Cougars Dominate UW-Parkside

SIUE Coach Todd Gober spread the playing time out on Saturday (10/8) as the Cougars defeated UW-Parkside in three games.

SIUE, 16-5 overall and 6-2 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play, downed the Rangers 30-25, 30-24, 30-14. It was the seventh straight victory for the Cougars, who used 15 players in the three-set win.

Jamie Jones picked up seven kills on 11 attacks without an attack error for a .636 hitting percentage. Krystal Majernik nailed 34 assists in two games. GLVC digs leader Allison Buss kept her season pace with 18 digs in three games. Emily Rahn led the Cougars with eight kills.

The Cougars hit .381 as a team, their second best offensive performance of the season.

Lindsey Jones led the Rangers with 11 kills as UW-Parkside fell to 2-19 overall and 0-7 in the GLVC.

SIUE returns to the Vadalabene Center next week for two matches. The Cougars face Bellarmine on Friday (10/14) at 7 p.m. and Northern Kentucky on Saturday (10/15) at 1 p.m.

Banner Named GLVC Player Of The Week

SIUE forward Mike Banner has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference men's soccer Player of the Week after leading his team to two conference wins on the road.

Banner netted two goals in each win over Drury and No. 13 Rockhurst. With his performance over the weekend Bannner leads the Cougars with five goals.

He ranks first in the conference in shots per hame (4.00). The Washington, D.C., native ranks seventh in the GLVC in goals having played eight games this season. He is also listed among the GLVC leaders in points scored as well as goals scored per game and points scored per game. In his 24 games as a Cougar Banner has 27 points (11 goals, 5 assists).

The Cougars hold the No. 1 spot in the GLVC at 5-0-1, with a 9-1-1 overall mark. SIUE hosts Lewis Friday (10/7) at 7:30 p.m, and UW-Parkside Sunday (10/9) at 2:30 p.m.

Bonde Named GLVC Player Of The Week

SIUE middle hitter Heather Bonde captured Great Lakes Valley Conference volleyball Player of the Week honors after leading the Cougars to a 3-0 weekend.

The Cougars started their week in motion on Tuesday (10/4), sweeping University of Southern Indiana (3-0) when Bonde out dueled last week's National Player of the Week, Laura Ellerbusch, with 11 kills and a .435 hitting percentage.

The squad maintained their strength on Friday (9/30) taking SIUE to a 3-0 victory over Drury.

Bonde recorded a career-high 25 kills in a five-set win over 22nd-ranked Rockhurst on Saturday (10/1), handing the Hawks their first GLVC loss. She had five service aces with no service errors for the week.

Bonde improved to No. 4 in the GLVC in hitting percentage overall at .333 and No. 4 in blocks per game at 1.22. She leads SIUE in kills with 3.81 and is third in the GLVC. She ranks fourth all-time in SIUE history in kills (1171) and kills per game (3.31) in 354 games.

The Cougars visit Lewis and UW-Parkside this weekend.

Huneke Passes Guelker; No. 2 Cougars Streaking

SIUE men's soccer coach Ed Huneke passed a coach legend last weekend in the team's win over Drury.

Huneke won his 217th game as the Cougars head coach moving ahead of Hall of Famer Bob Guelker, who notched a record of 216-67-21 in 19 years at SIUE.

"Coach Guelker was a legend in the early years of college soccer," said Huneke. "I don't look upon myself in the same manner, but I feel fortunate to have shared so many wins and memories with a lot of good players and friends."

Huneke, who has an overall record of 217-145-26, prepares his team games with Lewis and 17th-ranked UW-Parkside this weekend. "We have some history of some intense games with both of those teams," said Huneke. "It will be two big rivals that will meet for some exciting soccer."

Second-ranked SIUE is 9-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 as they sit atop the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

After wins over Rockhurst and the Drury during the weekend, the Cougars are unbeaten in their last 27 GLVC regular season contests. "It's a nice ledger," said Huneke. "We have to be careful to not look back and not look too far ahead."

Mike Banner (Washington, D.C.) sparked the Cougars offense with four goals in the two weekend games. He now ranks first in goals scored. "We have always known he was a special type player," said Huneke. "He showed it this weekend."

John Matthews (Edwardsville) has two goals and one assist on the year. "John is a steady player and a work horse," said Huneke.

Trevor House (St. Louis) and Mike Zaegel (St. Louis) have anchored the defensive unit that leads the GLVC with a 0.53 goals against average. "Trevor played very well against Rockhurst," said Huneke. "Mike is our most consistent back and is so important."

No. 14 Women's Soccer Glad To Be Home

SIUE women's soccer team returns home this weekend to face Great Lakes Valley Conference foes Lewis and UW-Parkside.

"It seems like we have been on the road forever," said SIUE women's soccer coach Lynda Bowers. "Lewis is a solid team. Parkside is the top dog even though they lost a few tough games."

The 14th-ranked Cougars battle the Flyers at 5 p.m. Friday (10/7) and the Rangers at noon Sunday (10/9).

SIUE is currently riding a nine-game winning streak. That ties the Cougars for the second longest winning streak in school history set in 1990. The longest steak was 10 set in 1998. "I am still very humble in where we are at tactically," said Bowers. "We still have a long way to go."

SIUE has a record of 11-2 overall, while enjoying a one game lead with 7-0 mark at the top of the GLVC.

Kristine Armstrong (St. Peter's) recorded three goals in wins over Drury and Rockhurst and is tied for first in the GLVC with nine goals. "She has been tremendous," said Bowers. "She had some fantastic individual efforts (over the weekend)," said Bowers.

Freshman Amy Million (Granite City) continued her stellar play with a goal and an assist this weekend. She leads the team with five assists adding five goals. "She is a big part of the reason that Armstrong has quite a few goals," said Bowers. "She makes that extra effort and is playing very aggressive."

Bowers noted that seniors Allison Sweet (Springfield), Kelly Dill (Florissant), Lindsey Kampwerth (Highland), and Crystal Schellenger (St. Louis) have been a vital part of the winning streak. "They are all seeing so many minutes," said Bowers. "They have been key factors in our game."

Volleyball Riding Five-Match Winning Streak

SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober doesn't want his team to be "satisfied" with three tough Great Lakes Valley Conference wins in five days.

The Cougars defeated defending GLVC champion Southern Indiana, Drury, and 21st-ranked Rockhurst last week. "We have to keep working hard," said Gober. "We can't sit back and be happy with what we have done. We have to move on."

SIUE, 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the league, travels to Lewis and UW-Parkside this weekend. "Lewis is our focus," said Gober. "This is going to be a really tough week. They are always a very good team especially at their place."

The Cougars are one-half game behind the Flyers for second place in the GLVC.

Seniors Heather Bonde (Millstadt) continues to put up outstanding numbers. She leads the team with 255 kills and 3.81 kills per game. Bonde ranks third in the GLVC in kills per game, fourth in total kills and blocks per game at 1.22.

"She has become more comfortable with her own game and what she has to do to be successful," said Gober. "When I look at Heather right now she looks like a very confident, comfortable athlete."

Allison Buss (Towanda) is first in the conference in digs per game with 5.59 after 25 against Rockhurst. SIUE ranks third in the GLVC with 18.04 digs per game. "This is the best defensive team we have had in the last three years," said Gober. "Allison really leads us in that department."

Freshmen Kate Hofeldt (Antioch) and Mallory Clements (Mt. Pulaski) set career-highs in the victory against Rockhurst. Hofeldt notched highs with 16 kills and 12 digs, while Clements had 18 digs. "Mallory and Kate are going to have a number of career games at SIUE," said Gober.

Softball Finishes Up Fall Season

SIUE softball ended its fall schedule with a 11-3 mark. The Cougars defeated six of the nine Division I opponents they faced.

"The fall was great," said SIUE softball coach Sandy Montgomery. "Several people made a lot of progress. I was pretty happy with our success."

Junior Jodie Ohlau (Percy), is a transfer from John A. Logan and is competing for one of the outfield spots. "She did a nice job in the outfield," said Montgomery. "She seems like a clutch player."

Ohlau will go along with two other transfers in pitcher Sabra McCune (DuQuoin) and shortstop Haylee Eubanks (Bethalto).

SIUE's new freshman class includes utility player Nicole Beecher (Blue Springs, Mo.), outfielder Courtney Mall (Tucson, Ariz.), second baseman Amanda Pucel (Minooka), and pitcher Katlin Colosimo (Orland Park). "Our freshman class is a good one," said Montgomery. "They will all be contributors this year. I see a lot of bright spots."

The Cougars will return several senior starters including last season's batting leader Alicia DeShasier (Carrollton), second baseman Holly Neuerberg (Orion), third baseman Amy Rogers (Tucson, Ariz.), and center fielder Shanna Waldo (Peoria).

The Cougars begin the season in Phoenix, Ariz., at the Division II Leadoff Classic on February 16-18.

Women's Golf Finishes Sixth At GLVC Tournament

The SIUE women's golf team placed sixth at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Edinburgh, Ind., over the weekend.

The Cougars finished 63 strokes behind GLVC champion Drury.

"We didn't play up to our capabilities," said SIUE women's golf coach Mark Marcuzzo. "The effort was great, but the kids just had a bad weekend. The off-season is going to be very important to us getting back in the race for the conference."

Brittany Hood (Coulterville) came in 17th after shooting a 161. "Brittany played well for having a bad knee," said Marcuzzo. "When she gets healthy she will do better."

Ashley Hemann (Highland) finished in 21st place, shooting a 165.

Casey Biddinger (Lafayette, Ind.) placed 23rd shooting a 167, and Danielle Kaufman (Nashville) was tied for 24th at 168. "This winter we are going to try and get back to where we need to be," said Marcuzzo.

Banner, Cougars Trip Up No. 13 Rockhurst

Mike Banner scored twice, including the game-winner, as No. 2-ranked SIUE swept past 13th-ranked Rockhurst 3-1 on Sunday (10/2).

The Cougars improved to 9-1-1 overall and 5-0-1 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. The victory extended SIUE's streak of 28 games in the GLVC without a loss. Rockhurst, one of three teams to defeat SIUE last season in its national runner-up run, fell to 7-3-1 and 5-2-1 in the GLVC.

SIUE next faces Lewis on Friday (10/7) and UW-Parkside on Sunday (10/9). The Lewis game is set for 7:30 p.m. The UW-Parkside game is a 2:30 p.m. start.

Trevor House picked up his first goal as a Cougar. The Cougar defender gave SIUE an early 1-0 with a shot from five yards out from Victor Pacheco.

Banner scored what would be the game-winner at 23:07 on a pass from Pete Cacciatore.

After being down 2-0 at halftime, Rockhurst midfielder Michael Ragsdale was red-carded at 48:35 after receiving a yellow card just four minutes into the match. Rockhurst did lay down, however, scoring with a man down at 51:45 as Tom Heinemann scored from 10 yards out from Adam Johnson.

Banner then left no doubt as he scored his fourth goal of the weekend at 70:16. The tally was from 15 yards out on a pass from defender Kevin Thibodeau.

No. 14 Cougars Extend Win Streak To Nine

Kristine Armstrong's (St. Peters, Mo.) scored both goals Sunday as 14th-ranked SIUE defeated Rockhurst 2-1 in women's soccer on Sunday (10/2).

SIUE extended its winning streak to nine games with the victory. The Cougars now stand 11-2 overall and 7-0 in the Great Lakes Vallet Conference. Rockhurst fell to 6-4-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the GLVC.

Armstrong scored her team-leading eighth and ninth goals of the season. Her first goal came at 8:15 from 10 yards out on a pass from Lindsey Kampwerth. The game-winning goal came at 68:45 as Armstrong bombed a shot from 20 yards out with an assist to Amy Million.

The Cougars return to action on Friday (10/7) against Lewis.

Cougar Volleyball Sweeps Past Drury

Tina Talsma's 12 kills sparked SIUE to a 30-16, 30-26, 30-27 win over Drury on Friday night (9/30).

Talsma led the Cougars with a .375 hitting percentage as the team recorded 54 kills on the night. SIUE goes to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, while the Panthers fall to 6-11 overall and 3-3 in the conference

The Cougars came out firing in the first game cruising to a 30-16 win. In the second game SIUE battled to a 30-26 advantage, and the Cougars fell behind 0-5 in the third stanz only to comeback for the victory.

For the second match in a row senior Krystal Majernik had 40 assists adding 12 digs. Kindra Westendorf led the Cougars with 13 kills, and Heather Bonde had 12. Allison Buss notched 22 digs rising her GLVC leading average to 5.64. Freshman Mallory Clements added 14 digs for the Cougars.

SIUE held Drury to a .025 hitting percentage on the night. The Cougars outdug the Panthers 72-54 in the contest. The Cougars host 21st-ranked Rockhurst tomorrow (10/1)at the Vadalbene Center at 2 p.m.

No. 2 Men's Soccer Heads West

The SIUE men's soccer team travels west this weekend for contests with Drury and 13th-ranked Rockhurst.

"It is important that we don't overlook Drury for the sake of Rockhurst," said SIUE coach Ed Huneke. "That would be a big mistake."

The second-ranked Cougars have a 7-1-1 overall mark and are in first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 3-0-1 record.

SIUE will be in Springfield, Mo., on Friday night (9/30) at 7:30 to face the Panthers. The Cougars then battle the Hawks on Sunday (10/2) in Kansas City, Mo., at 2:30 p.m.

"The Rockhurst game is looking like a good matchup," said Huneke. "This match could have implications that could go beyond the regular season."

The Cougars will face a ranked opponent in two of its next four contests, and they play four of six games on the road. "It is a tough stretch of the season," said Huneke. "When you are in our conference, and play the schedule we do, there are a lot of tough games back to back."

SIUE is fresh off a win over Kentucky Wesleyan last Friday (9/23) before its contest with Southern Indiana was postponed due to rain.

Victor Pacheco (San Luis, Brazil) notched a goal and an assist in the victory over the Panthers. He now leads the team with 10 points and is tied with Tim Collico (St. Louis) for the club lead in goals with four. "Victor is having a very good year," said Huneke. "He is deadly on restarts outside the area."

SIUE is second in the country with a 0.33 goals against average, thanks mostly to a solid defense and goalkeepers Nicholas Frasca (St. Charles) and Greg Crook (Columbia), who have combined for six shutouts this season. "Teams have a hard time playing against our defensive alignment," said Huneke. "We play well as a team, but we also have outstanding individual players."

No. 14 Women's Soccer Set For Tough Stretch

Even though SIUE women's soccer has a seven-game winning streak, coach Lynda Bowers knows her team has hard work ahead.

Of the next seven games, the 14th-ranked Cougars play, five contests are against teams ranked in the top 10 of the Great Lakes Region. "We have got a lot of big games ahead," said Bowers. "I am not putting a lot of stock in the No. 14 ranking. We have a lot of tough opponents left."

SIUE begins the string of games traveling to Drury at 5 p.m. on Friday (9/30) before battling Rockhust on Sunday (10/2) at noon. "They are both good teams," said Bowers. "They are both the type of team that can beat us, like every team in our conference."

The Cougars hold a 9-2 overall mark, while staying in first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 5-0 record.

Kristine Armstrong (St. Peter's) ranks first on the team and is tied for third in the GLVC with six goals this season.

Freshman Amy Million (Granite City) is second on the club with 11 points (four goals, three assists). "Our attack is really beefed up," said Bowers. "We are having some good combination plays between a few people."

Kayla Fromme (New Berlin) continues to score after being moved up in the attack. She has four goals in the last five games. "Kayla has been such a spark for us," said Bowers. "She has allowed us to play better."

The Cougars lead the GLVC with 17.1 shots per game. SIUE's six shutouts this season also leads the league.

Volleyball Taking It One Game At A Time

After beginning the Great Lakes Valley Conference season with two losses, the SIUE volleyball team knows it has a chance for redemption.

The Cougars have won two conference matches since then and are set to take on the two teams that defeated them just two weeks ago.

SIUE entertains Drury on Friday (9/30) night at 7 and 21st-ranked Rockhurst on Saturday (10/1) at 2 p.m. "That loss from Drury is still fresh in our minds, " said SIUE volleyball coach Todd Gober. "Right now anytime we can get someone on our home court is an advantage to us. Rockhurst will be a tough match."

The Cougars are 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the GLVC after dumping Southern Indiana on Tuesday night (9/27). "We have a deep enough and talented enough team, that we don't have to play great all the time," said Gober. "We just need to come in and play hard and get consistent effort from everyone."

Krystal Majernik (Normal) leads the team with 7.47 assists per game after a 40-assist performance against the Screaming Eagles. "Krystal has done a great job," said Gober. "I have a tremendous amount of confidence in her setting ability."

Allison Buss (Towanda) is tops in the conference with 5.55 per game. "She, to me is having an All-American caliber year, said Gober."

Seniors Heather Bonde (Millstadt) and Tina Talsma (Orono, Ontario) are one and two on the team in kills. Bonde has 218 while Talsma has notched 152. "We have the best middle combination in the conference," said Gober. "They are a great blocking duo."

Gansauer Wins Great Lakes Regional For Men's Golf

SIUE men's golfer Kyle Gansauer (Centralia) won the Great Lakes Regional Tournament over the weekend.

The Cougars finished sixth out of 20 teams, placing ahead of eight other Great Lakes Valley Conference teams. SIUE had a two-day total of 593, 12 strokes behind regional champion Saginaw Valley. "We went into the regional as an unknown," said SIUE men's golf coach Mark Marcuzzo. "We left the regional very well known."

Gansauer shot a 71 on Sunday (9/25), following that up with a round of 69 on Monday (9/26). "It was a great accomplishment," said Marcuzzo. "Our chance to get in the NCAAs and win conference in the spring is looking pretty good."

Kyle Lickenbrock (Freeburg) placed 11th with a two-day total of 145. Craig Heinzman (Breese) came in 44th after shooting a 152. "They have stepped up their game and really played well," said Marcuzzo.

The Cougars will be in Mankato, Minn., next week for the Minnesota State-Mankato Tournament.

Women's Golf Prepares For GLVC Tournament

The SIUE women's golf team travels to Edinburg, Ind., for the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament this weekend.

SIUE recently finished in fourth place with a score of 333 at the USI Screaming Eagle Classic Open this past weekend. The Cougars were 17 shots behind tournament champion DePauw. "The girls did nice job," said SIUE women's golf coach Mark Marcuzzo. "They know that could have played a lot better. We need to make sure we get the job done this week at the conference."

Ashley Hemann (Highland) tied for seventh with a 79. "We have been working hard on her swing," said Marcuzzo. "She did well."

Brittany Hood (Coulterville) came in 22nd with a score of 84.

Danielle Kaufman (Nashville) and Natalie Connaway (Nashville) were tied in 29th place each shooting 85. "We need to make sure we get the job done this week at the conference," said Marcuzzo. "It will be nice to go to the conference with a full squad."

Cougars Break Through With Victory Over S. Indiana

It had been more than two years and four straight match losses since the SIUE volleyball team has defeated Southern Indiana.

But, the Cougars broke through Tuesday night with a 30-14, 34-32, 30-28 win over the Screaming Eagles.

Senior Heather Bonde led the Cougar charge with a team-high 11 kills and a .435 hitting percentage. Bonde is first on the club with 218 kills.

SIUE improves to 12-5 overall and 2-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Southern Indiana drops to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in the league.

The Cougars cruised to a win in the first game but had to battle to a 34-32 win in the second. In the third game, SIUE fell behind 14-7 only to come back for the win.

SIUE notched a .282 hitting percentage while holding the Screaming Eagles to a .147 percentage.

Freshman Kate Hofeldt matched Bonde's team-high with 11 kills, middle hitter Tina Talsma recorded 10, and Kim Potthast had nine. Krystal Majernik led the way with 40 assists and 10 digs, while Allison Buss had 14 digs.

The last time SIUE defeated Southern Indiana was Sept. 20, 2003, when the Cougars won 25-30, 30-21, 30-27, and 30-19 at the Vadalabene Center.

The Cougars are back in action Friday (9/30) night as Drury visits the Vadalabene Center before a home match with 21st-ranked Rockhurst on Saturday (10/1).

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