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    Jan. 14, 2013

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    CARBONDALE, Ill.--Southern Illinois University and Saluki Athletics announced Monday the completion of the resurfacing to the court at Davies Gym.

    "The court is now something the fans and student-athletes can both enjoy and it definitely will have an immediate impact for everyone," said Andy Pettit, Associate Athletic Director at SIU.

    Built in 1925, Davies Gym served as the home to SIU's men's and women's indoor sports programs until the men moved into the SIU Arena in 1964.

    With the growing success of the women's program in the 1970s and early '80s, renovation of the gym was undertaken and completed in 1982 and became the official home of Saluki volleyball.

    The surface of Davies Gym has not been repainted or sanded in decades, and years of wear and tear created a less than desirable playing surface.

    "We recoat the court every two years but that builds up and it becomes challenging to maintain," Pettit said.

    Funding for the project was split between the SIU Physical Plant and Saluki Athletics. Davies Gym is a multi-purpose facility used by Saluki Athletics and the Department of Kinesiology for recreation and academic classes.

    The process of replacing it started with concept and design that was spearheaded by head volleyball coach Justin Ingram.

    "We couldn't be more pleased with the results of the Davies Gym floor resurfacing project," said Ingram. "Not only are we excited to begin practice and competition on this floor, we are excited to show this project off with our future recruits and fans of Saluki Volleyball."

    Praters Design, of Chattanooga, Tenn., began the resurfacing on December 28 and concluded the two-week project on Friday.

    "We want to thank Brad Dillard and Phil Gatton from the physical plant and Dr. Bill Vogler from the Department of Kinesiology for their contributions and bringing this idea to fruition," Pettit said.