RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team continues Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Wednesday when the Quakers host Defiance College for a 7 p.m. match at Schuckman Court on Wednesday.
The Teams: Earlham and Defiance. The Quakers are off to their best start in a decade at 13-5 overall including 1-0 in conference play after a 3-2 come-from-behind victory at Manchester University on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets are 6-8 overall and also won their HCAC opener in five sets against Franklin College.
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. Brie Brenner, former standout at the University of Washington, is in her sixth season as head coach at Defiance.
The Players: A pair of freshmen, Carly Federinko and Julia Stewart, both have over 185 kills and together with junior Ashleigh Burton, average nearly three kills per set to lead Earlham offensively. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson dishes out just over 10 assists per set. Junior libero Megan Hedinger, a 1,000-career dig performer, averages 5.29 digs per set. Cincinnati Christian hits a .188 clip as a team while averaging 8.38 assists per set. The Defiance duo of Marissa Windau and Emma Seitz both average over two kills per set.
First HCAC Win: With Earlham's come-from-behind, 5-set win at Manchester on Saturday, the Quakers won their first HCAC match in program history. The victory snapped a 63-match conference losing streak.
Recent History: Earlham has not beaten Defiance since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season.
HCAC Offensive Player of the Week: Ashleigh Burton is the reigning HCAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week after tallying 4.36 kills per set and a .393 attack percentage last week.
Record Start: Earlham is off to a 13-5 start to the season, the program's best since the 2007. The Quakers have not won 15 games since the 1992 campaign.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the match will be available – visit the link 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 hosts Franklin College at 1 p.m. on Saturday.