RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team travels to Louisville, Kentucky for a tri-match at Boyce College this Saturday. The Quakers will face Crowley Ridge College at 2 p.m. follwed by host Boyce at 4 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham, Boyce and Crowley Ridge. The Quakers are off the best start in a decade at 9-4 after a four-set win at Wilmington College on Wednesday. The Bulldogs are 0-6 this season and face Berea College this week while the Pioneers are 3-10.
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. Alexis Ammon is in her second season as head coach at Boyce while Barry Wheeler leads the Crowley Ridge volleyball program.
The Players: A pair of freshmen, Carly Federinko and Julia Stewart, both have over 150 kills and together with junior Ashleigh Burton, average over three kills per set to lead Earlham offensively. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson, who recently cross the 1,000-career assists plateau, dishes out just under 10 assists per set. Junior libero Megan Hedinger, a 1,000-career dig performer, and sophomore Angelica Carpio both average over three digs per set.
*Statistics for Boyce and Crowley Ridge statistics were not available.
Recent History: Earlham has not faced either opponent since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) prior to the 2010 season.
Double-Digit Wins: The Quakers are one win away from a 10-win season. Earlham has not won double-digit matches in a season since going 13-16 in 2007.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contests will not be available.
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 hosts Cincinnati Christian University on Thursday before opening HCAC play at Manchester University on Saturday.