RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team travels to Defiance College on Wednesday for its last road match of the 2016 regular season. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and Defiance. The Quakers are 5-22 overall, but looking for a winning streak after a 3-1 win at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Monday. The Yellow Jackets are 8-12 overall and 4-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) competition after a 3-1 win over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Wednesday.
The Coaches: Lauren Crump enters her third year at Earlham along with her second year as head coach. The IU-East alumnae was a four-year starting setter for the Red Wolves and a three-time All-American. She holds the distinction of being the NAIA's all-time assists leader for the rally-scoring era. Brie Brenner is in her fifth season leading Defiance.
The Players: Sophomores Ashleigh Burton and Skylar Muckway continue to be Earlham's go-to threats on offense. Both average over 2.5 kills per set and have combined for over 57 percent of the Quakers' offense. Freshman setter Lauren Jackson engineers the Earlham offense to the tune of 8.56 assists per set while sophomore libero Megan Hedinger leads the back row averaging five digs per set and also turned in career-high 36 digs against Mount St. Joseph. Ari Mahaffey directs the Defiance offense had dishes out an average of 8.5 assists per set.
In Search of a Conference Win: Earlham has not won an HCAC contest since joining the conference prior to the 2010 season. The Quakers have gotten to a fifth set on three occasions – 2010 at Manchester University, 2011 at Franklin, 2014 at Franklin, and 2016 vs. Mount St. Joseph.
Record Chasing: Megan Hedinger is on pace to break two single season records – total digs and digs per set. The Germantown, Wis., native needs 28 more digs to break Amanda Shaffer's record of 511 digs in 1999. In addition, Hedinger needs to average over five digs per set (currently at 5.13) to break Katie Evans' record of 298 digs per set in 2006.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham will road out its 2016 regular season on Saturday against Manchester University and Boyce College. The matches are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.