RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team plays its first home match of 2016 when the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers come to Schuckman Court for a 7 p.m. contest on Tuesday.
The Teams: Earlham and Ohio Christian. The Quakers enter the match with an 0-4 record after falling to four Ohio institutions at the Capital-Otterbein Tournament last weekend. The Trailblazers are 3-4 on the year and also competed in the Capital-Otterbein Tournament, falling in three matches.
The Coaches: Lauren Crump enters her third year at Earlham along with her second year as head coach. The IU-East alumnae 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. Danielle Heffernan is in her second season as head women's volleyball coach at Ohio Christian.
The Players: A trio of sophomores, Ashleigh Burton, Skylar Muckway, and Denisha Mataia, lead Earlham in kills with each tallying over 20 through four matches. Freshman setter Lauren Jackson has dished out 95 assists for a 7.31 assists per set ratio to begin her collegiate career while sophomore Megan Hedinger averages 5.57 digs per set. In Ohio Christian's last loss to Capital, Lexi Jacobs led the squad in kills with 15. Megan Morrison chipped in nine kills, a .222 attack percentage, and a team-high 15 digs. Olivia Wireman dished out 36 assists in the four-set match.
Common Opponents: Having played at the same tournament last weekend, both Earlham and Ohio Christian have two common opponents – Capital and Otterbein. Both teams fell to the Crusaders in four sets and the Cardinals in straight sets.
Home-Openers: Since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) prior to the 2010 season, Earlham is 2-4 in home-openers at Schuckman Court. Earlham defeated Wilmington College 3-0 on Sept. 3, 2014 and edged Franklin College 3-1 on Sept. 1, 2010.
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Up Next: Earlham hosts the 2016 Quaker Classic this weekend which sees the Quakers playing three matches over a span of two days (two on Saturday and one on Sunday).