RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team travels to Central State University (Ohio) for a 7 p.m. contest Wednesday.
The Teams: Earlham and Central State. The Quakers enter the match with a 3-1 record after defeating three of four St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) opponents at the Illinois College Tournament last weekend. The Marauders have not played a match in the 2017 season and finished last year with a 2-26 record.
The Coaches: Lauren Horton enters her fourth year at Earlham and third season leading the volleyball program. The IU-East alumna 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 Benson-Robinson is in her first year coaching Central State's volleyball team.
The Players: The Quakers have relied on a three-headed offensive attack through the first four matches of the 2017 season. Junior Ashleigh Burton and freshmen Carly Federinko and Julia Stewart all have over 40 kills and average nearly three kills per set. Burton leads the team's blocking efforts with 13 blocks while junior libero Megan Hedinger averages six digs per set. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson, who dished out her 1,000th career assist at Illinois College last weekend, has assisted on 149 of Earlham's 195 team kills. Lakendra Worthy led the Marauder's offense in 2016 to the tune of 185 kills and 2.06 kills per set.
Recent History: Earlham has not faced Central State since joining the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) prior to the 2010 season.
HCAC Honors: Megan Hedinger is the reigning HCAC Defensive Player of the Week after rallying 96 digs and over 20 digs in two of the four matches at Illinois College.
Coverage: Live video of the coverage will be available – visit the links above.
Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Up Next: Earlham hosts the 2017 Quaker Classic at Schuckman Court this weekend. The Quakers will face Capital University, Indiana University East and the University of Pikeville.