Cougars Open Home Slate on Wednesday
Sioux Falls will host Dakota Wesleyan in its home opener on Wednesday evening as the Cougars look to improve its record to 4-1. The first serve is set for 7 p.m.
USF won three out of four matches last weekend at the Dakota Wesleyan Labor Day Classic while the Tigers come into the match with a 2-6 record after dropping three of four matches at their Labor Day tournament, including a 3-0 setback to USF on Saturday night.
Wednesday night's matchup will be the 14th between the two schools since 2002 and the Cougars have dominated the series by winning 11 of the matches. USF has not lost to Dakota Wesleyan since dropping a five-set match in Mitchell on October 11, 2008.
The last meeting between these two schools came Saturday night with USF cruising to a 3-0 win. The Cougars out-hit the Tigers .564-.122 in the match and recorded just six attack miscues, the lowest any USF squad has tallied in a match since the 2010 season (9/3/10, Indiana Wesleyan). Every statistical category went the Cougars’ way.
The Cougars are hitting .317 after four matches and are led by sophomore Samantha Lovell at .457, currently the third-best clip in the NSIC. Sophomore Emily Johnson is hitting .211 and leads the team in kills with 49, five ahead of Lovell.
It has taken little time for St. Leo University transfer Alexa Reed to get comfortable in her new surroundings. The junior setter has racked up 179 assists in four matches (11.19 per set), sixth highest in the NSIC.
Libero Andrea Odbert leads the defense with 69 digs while Johnson has a team-high 12 blocks.