RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College volleyball team concludes its 2016 season on Saturday when the Quakers host Manchester University at 1 p.m. and Boyce College at 5 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham, Manchester, and Boyce. The Quakers enter the match looking for a winning streak after a four-set win over St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Monday. The Spartans are 15-11 overall and on a three-match winning streak. The Bulldogs are 7-15 on the season.
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. Bryndon Paulsen is in his third season as head coach at Manchester while Alexis Ammon has coached Boyce for three seasons.
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 57 percent of the Quakers' offense. Freshman setter Lauren Jackson engineers the Earlham offense to the tune of 8.56 assists per set while sophomore libero Megan Hedinger leads the back row averaging five digs per set and also turned in career-high 36 digs against Mount St. Joseph. Courtney Chowning leads the Spartans with 315 kills while Dakota Stanichuk averages over ten assists per set.
Senior Day: Senior Kyra Williams will be playing in the final home game of her career on Saturday. A brief celebration will be held prior to the match.
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, 2014 at Franklin, and 2016 vs. Mount St. Joseph.
Record Chasing: Megan Hedinger is on pace to break two single season records – total digs and digs per set. The Germantown, Wis., native needs 19 more digs to break Amanda Shaffer's record of 511 digs in 1999. In addition, Hedinger needs to average over five digs per set (currently at 5.13) to break Katie Evans' record of 298 digs per set in 2006.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of both contests will be available – visit the links above.