RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team opens its 2016 season at the Capital-Otterbein Tournament this weekend. The Quakers will play two matches on Friday, Sept. 2 followed by two matches on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Tournament Schedule: Earlham will face host Capital University at 5 p.m. on Friday followed by North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) institution Denison University at 7 p.m. The Quakers will then open Saturday against Case Western Reserve at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude the tournament with a 2:30 p.m. match against Otterbein University. All matches will be played at Capital.
The Teams: Earlham, Capital, Denison, Case Western Reserve, and Otterbein. The Quakers finished last season at 5-22 and finished 0-9 in the HCAC. The Crusaders, who currently stands at 0-1 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Kenyon, finished 6-23 last year. The Big Red finished an even 14-14 in 2015 while the Spartans had a stellar 25-8 campaign that saw Case Western Reserve make it to the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Finally, Otterbein finished 14-18 last season.
The Coaches: Lauren Crump enters her second season leading the Earlham volleyball program. A three-time All-American at Indiana-East, Crump spent one season as an assistant at Clarkson University and aided the Golden Knights to a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Leah Farrell is in her second season at Capital while Karen Farrell finished her 14th season at Case in 2015. Sarah Graves enters her second season at Denison and Monica Wright completed her 9th season at the helm of Otterbein volleyball.
The Players: Sophomore and Honorable Mention All-HCAC selection Ashleigh Burton leads the Earlham offense. She finished second on the squad in kills with 232 and kills per set at 2.64. Burton also aided the Quakers defensively by leading the team in blocks with 45. Sophomore Megan Hedinger also returns having led Earlham in digs with 291 in 2015. Junior Meredith Beed finished second on the team in blocks with 25.
Coverage: Live statistics of Earlham's match vs. Capital will be available – visit the link above. Follow @EarlhamQuakers on Twitter for updates throughout the weekend.
Up Next: Earlham hosts Ohio Christian in the home-opener for the Quakers on Tuesday, Sept. 6. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.