RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team travels to Wilmington College for the Quaker Bowl rivalry on Wednesday. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and Wilmington. The Earlham Quakers are 8-4 overall and off to their best start in a decade after finishing last weekend 2-1. The Wilmington Quakers are 3-8 overall after finishing the Manchester University Tournament with a 1-2 mark.
The Coaches: Lauren Horton enters her fourth year at Earlham and third season leading the volleyball program. The IU-East alumna 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. Tim O'Brien is in his third season as head women's volleyball coach.
The Players: Earlham has relied on a three-headed offensive attack through the first nine matches of the 2017 season. Junior Ashleigh Burton and freshmen Carly Federinko and Julia Stewart all have over 85 kills and average over 3.00 kills per set. Federinko and Stewart and tallied over 135 kills each. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson dishes out 9.91 assist per set while junior libero Megan Hedinger digs up nearly five-and-a-half attack attempts per set. Jillian Wesco and Ariel Goforth lead Wilmington's offense as both average 2.45 kills per set. Lauryn Griewahn quarterbacks the offense to 7.63 assists per set.
Recent History: Earlham has faced all three opponents it will be playing this week since joined the HCAC prior to the 2010 season. The Quakers beat LaRoche 3-1 and fell to Pitt.-Greensurg 3-0 in 2011. Earlham is 2-3 against Oberlin.
Quaker Bowl: The athletics departments of Wilmington and Earlham have re-created the Quaker Bowl rivalry. Originally a traveling trophy for just football and men's basketball, the bowl will now be competed for across all sports the two schools compete in. Courtesy of victories in football and women's basketball, Wilmington leads the 2017-18 standings 2-0.
Recent History: Earlham is 10-6 against Wilmington since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) prior to the 2010 season including five straight victories over Wilmington.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.
Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Up Next: Earlham travels to Louisville, Kentucky for a tri-match at Boyce College this weekend.