RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team begins the final week of the 2017 season on Wednesday when the Quakers host Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. First serve from Schuckman Court is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and Rose-Hulman. The Quakers are 15-10 overall and 3-4 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) after a sweep of Anderson University on Sunday. The Fightin' Engineers are 17-11 overall and 5-2 in conference after a 3-1 loss to league-leading Hanover College on Saturday.
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. Heather Davis serves as Rose-Hulman's interim volleyball coach for the 2017 season. A Bluffton University alumnae, David spent the 2014 and 2016 seasons as an assistant coach with the program.
The Players: Freshman Julia Stewart leads the Quakers in kills with 292 while junior Ashleigh Burton averages 3.40 kills per set. Freshman Carly Federinko has a .222 attack percentage and 249 kills as an outside hitter. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson dished out over 10 assists per set while junior libero Megan Hedinger notches 5.14 digs per set. Bailey MacInnis is the Engineers' top offensive threat as she hits a .224 clip with 325 kills on the season. Rose-Hulman features a 6-2 offensive attack as Katie Orbeta and Alison Rogozinski both average over four assists per set.
Recent History: Earlham is 0-7 against Rose-Hulman since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season. The Engineers won last year's meeting 3-0.
NCAA Statistics Leader: Setter Lauren Jackson in 27th in all of NCAA Division III volleyball in assists pet set at 10.10.
Chasing Records: Lauren Jackson is 54 assists away from breaking Jen Maurie's record of 1,037 assists during the 1999 season. She is also on pace to surpass Amanda Prewitt's 9.46 assists per set during the 2007 campaign. Megan Hedinger, already the single-season leading in digs, is 27 digs away from eclipsing her record of 525 digs last season. She is also on pace to break her digs per set record of 5.10, also set in 2016.
HCAC Tournament Implications: Earlham sits in a tie for sixth place with Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) for the league's final spot in the HCAC Tournament. Because of the Quakers' 5-set loss to the Lions, Earlham will need to finish one game better than MSJ to qualify.
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 concludes its 2017 regular season with a tri-match at Bluffton University on Saturday.