RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team welcomes Mount St. Joseph University to Schuckman Court for a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) match on Saturday. First serve is slated for 1 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and Mount St. Joseph. The Quakers enter the match trying to snap a losing streak of five matches. The Quakers have, however, not been swept in three matches. The Lions are 8-11 overall and 0-4 in HCAC play after falling 3-1 to Hanover College on Wednesday.
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. John Bennett is in his seventh season at the Mount and has an HCAC record of 46-20 leading the Lions.
The Players: Sophomores Ashleigh Burton and Skylar Muckway continue to be Earlham's go-to threats on offense. Both average over 2.5 kills per set and have combined for over 56 percent of the Quakers' offense. Freshman setter Lauren Jackson engineers the Earlham offense to the tune of 8.44 assists per set while sophomore libero Megan Hedinger leads the back row averaging five digs per set. Jessica Wilbenbusch and Riley Brunner are MSJ's top hitters has both average over two kills per set.
In Search of a Conference Win: Earlham has not won an HCAC contest since joining the conference prior to the 2010 season. The Quakers have gotten to a fifth set on three occasions – 2010 at Manchester University, 2011 at Franklin, and 2014 at Franklin.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the match are available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham hosts Hanover College on Wednesday, Oct. 12. First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.