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Lourdes (9-16, 0-5 WHAC)

Match #26: Wednesday, October 17, 7 p.m.

vs. Siena Heights (12-6, 4-3 WHAC)

Tam-o-Shanter - Sylvania, Ohio

Upcoming in Gray Wolves Volleyball: Winners in three of their last four matches, including two straight, Lourdes volleyball returns to the court on Wednesday evening to host Siena Heights.  The Gray Wolves currently own the final position to host a home match in the WHAC Tournament next month, but have just a one-game lead over ninth place Michigan-Dearborn.

Head Coach Greg Reitz: In his third season on the Lourdes bench, Greg Reitz has a 42-54 (.438) record at the helm of the Gray Wolves.  In his fifth season overall as a women's head coach, Reitz has a 62-89 (.411) career mark.  He is the only head coach in Lourdes program's history.

Series Notes: Siena Heights leads the all-time series against Lourdes 4-3 and has won four straight meetings after winning both of the previous meetings between the two schools this season.  The Saints posted a narrow 25-20, 24-26, 26-24, 24-26, 16-14 win in Adrian, Mich. on Aug. 29 before sweeping the Gray Wolves 25-17, 25-18, 25-15 at Tam-o-Shanter as part of the Gray Wolf Invitational.  Lourdes is 1-2 against Siena Heights all-time at home, with the victory coming during the 2010 season.

Wrapping Up Last Week: The Gray Wolves won their first two WHAC matches of the season last week, dropping just one set.  Lourdes swept Marygrove at home on Wednesday evening 25-23, 25-18, 25-18 before taking to the road and defeating Lawrence Tech in four sets 25-22, 16-25, 25-18, 25-16. 

Scouting Siena Heights: The Saints started the season 11-4 overall but have dropped two of their last three contests following a four-set loss at home against Indiana Tech last Wednesday evening.  Lindsey Adams leads Siena Heights with 271 kills on the season, ranking 24th in the country with 3.82 kills per set, and is hitting .216.  Carly Tillotson has 1,521 assists and Nicole Morgan has a team-best 250 digs for the Saints while Chelsea Doyle has registered 58 blocks at the net.

The Conference Race: While Lourdes might not be fighting for the WHAC title or even one of the four first round byes in the conference tournament next month, the Gray Wolves still have a lot to play for with just four conference matches remaining in the season.  Lourdes currently sits in eighth place in the conference standings, with places five through eight hosting nine through 12 in the first round of the WHAC tournament.  The Gray Wolves have a slim one-game lead over ninth place Michigan-Dearborn, and play the Wolves one week from Wednesday in Dearborn, Mich.

A Good Start to October: After winning just two matches the entire month of September, Lourdes has played much better volleyball in October, winning three of their four matches they have played this month.

Doubling Up Conference Wins: Last year in Lourdes inaugural season in the WHAC the Gray Wolves managed just one conference win all season long.  This year Lourdes has already doubled that victory total with two, and the Gray Wolves still have four more conference matches remaining, including two at home.

Coming Up Aces: Lourdes served up 11 aces in last Wednesday's victory over Marygrove, while not allowing the Mustangs to register one in the entire match.  The Gray Wolves then tallied seven more aces on Friday at Lawrence Tech.  In both contests Lourdes had more service aces than errors.  That is something the Gray Wolves had done just twice previously this season, once in the season opener against Rochester (Mich.) and the other against Rio Grande in the Gray Wolf Invitational.

Recknagel Doubles  Up: Allegra Recknagel registered her first two double doubles since arriving at Lourdes last week in the two victories.  The junior tallied 20 assists and 12 digs at home against Marygrove before posting 28 assists and 11 digs on the road at Lawrence Tech.

Limiting the Opponents' Offense: Lourdes limited both Marygrove (.057) and Lawrence Tech (.081) to under .100 hitting percentages for the match, marking the first time since Aug. 25 against Indiana-South Bend a Gray Wolf opponent has been below .100. 

McKenty Moves Into Third  on Lourdes Single Season Charts: Katie McKenty's 297 kills this season currently rank her third on the school's single season kills chart.  The freshman just passed Alex Blazevich (2010).  Ali Mass' 372 kills during the inaugural 2010 season is the school record while Brooke Hearn had 313 that same season as well to rank second, 16 kills ahead of McKenty.

A Record-Setting Season: Andrea Brown has set a new Lourdes single season blocking record with 67 this year.  She has shattered the old mark of 50 set by both Brooke Hearn and Samantha Stainbrook set during the inaugural 2010 season. 

McKenty Remains Among Nation's Leader in Kills Per Set: Katie McKenty ranks 45th in all of NAIA in kills per set, averaging 3.49 on the season.

This and That: Shauna Miller needs one assist for 200 this season ... Katie McKenty needs three kills for 300 on the year ... Ali Mass was the only hitter with double figure kills last week, registering 10 against Lawrence Tech ... Amelia Horton and Andrea Brown have played all 91 sets thus far this season ... in program history, not one player has previously played every set of a year.

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