Bears Entertain Evansville, SIU to Close Regular Season

Bears Entertain Evansville, SIU to Close Regular Season

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Nov. 18, 2015

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Opponents:
Evansville, Friday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m.
Southern Illinois, Saturday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Site: Hammons Student Center
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ESPN3: UE | SIU

Missouri State (20-9, 11-5 MVC) closes the regular season this weekend at Hammons Student Center, hosting Evansville (8-22, 2-14) at 7 p.m. Friday and Southern Illinois (22-7, 13-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Saturday is Senior Night for MSU's Kinsey Batten and Elise Munroe, who will be honored after the match against SIU.
While the field is set for the MVC Tournament in Springfield Nov. 26-28, much remains to be decided in terms of seeding. With one win this weekend the Bears are assured of the third seed, and two victories along with an SIU loss at Wichita State will likely make the Bears the No. 2 seed based on the league's power rating tie-break.

The Opponents
Evansville is 8-22 overall and 2-14 in MVC play. Genesis Miranda leads the league with 5.03 points per set and ranks second with 4.30 kills, and the Aces hit .172 as a team while surrendering a .242 attack efficiency. UE averages 11.49 kills, 15.15 digs, 1.96 blocks and 1.17 aces per set.
Southern Illinois is 22-7 overall and 13-3 in MVC matches as the No. 42 team in this week's RPI. SIU has four players averaging at least two kills per set, and hits .261 as a team compared to .193 for the opposition. The Salukis average 13.55 kills, 14.92 digs, 2.58 blocks and 1.09 aces per set.

The Series
Missouri State leads Evansville by a 41-3 margin, losing just twice since 1999.
The Bears lead SIU 50-18 in the all-time series, winning 19 of the last 23 meetings.

First Meetings This Season
MSU earned a sweep at Evansville on Nov. 2 as Lily Johnson had 21 kills and 13 digs and Simone House added 11 kills without committing an error.
The Bears lost in five sets at Southern Illinois on Oct. 5. Lynsey Wright slammed a career-high 24 kills, but MSU committed 37 attack errors and lost the fifth set by a 15-8 margin.

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