RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team heads Indiana University East for a crosstown battle between Richmond's two collegiate varsity volleyball teams on Tuesday. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and IU-East. The Quakers enter the match with a 3-10 record after falling to four opponents at the Kenyon Invitational last weekend. Earlham's last victory was a 3-0 sweep of Wilmington College in the Quaker Bowl on Sept. 14. IU-East stands at 7-9 on the season after a victory over Carlow University.
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. Abigail Niekamp enters her fourth season leading the Red Wolves women's volleyball program.
The Players: Sophomore Ashleigh Burton is Earlham's go-to threat on offense as she leads the team in kills with 164, kills per set at 3.73, and attack percentage at .255. The Indianapolis, Ind., native also pulls her weight on the defense side of the net, leading the Quakers in blocks with 21. Freshman setter Lauren Jackson averages 8.40 assists per set while sophomore libero Megan Hedinger leads the back row with 4.89 digs per set. A duo of Red Wolves, Sydney Durham and Breanna Kopke, have combined for 311 kills to lead IU-East's offense. Abbey Ketchem averages 8.25 assists per set while Madison Yoder tallies 4.42 digs per set.
Series History: Earlham has not beaten IU-East since the Red Wolves joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). IU-East swept the Quakers 3-0 at Schuckman Court last season.
Lingle Court: IU-East volleyball has a new home this fall. The Red Wolves used to play at Seton Catholic High School, Lingle Court opened on campus prior to the 2016-17 academic year. IU-East is an even 3-3 at home this year.
IU-East Alumnae: Coach Crump is a 2013 graduate of IU-East. She led the Red Wolves to four NAIA Tournament appearances as a member of the program.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the contest will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham will travel to the Illinois College Tournament to face the hosts along with three other teams this weekend – Principia College, Augustana College, and Monmouth College.