RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team hosts Cincinnati Christian University in search of its fifth straight win on Thursday evening. First serve from Schuckman Court is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Teams: Earlham and Cincinnati Christian. The Quakers are off to their best start in a decade with an 11-4 record. Earlham also brings with it a four-match winning streak. The Eagles are 4-9 on the season and have a victory over Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) member Mount St. Joseph University 3-1 back on Sept. 20.
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. Adam Miracle is in his first season with the Cincinnati Christian volleyball program.
The Players: A pair of freshmen, Carly Federinko and Julia Stewart, both have over 160 kills and together with junior Ashleigh Burton, average three kills per set to lead Earlham offensively. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson, who recently cross the 1,000-career assists plateau, dishes out just under 10 assists per set. Junior libero Megan Hedinger, a 1,000-career dig performer, averages 5.39 digs per set. Cincinnati Christian hits a .188 clip as a team while averaging 8.38 assists per set.
*No personal statistics for Cincinnati Christian were available.
Recent History: Earlham is 0-2 against Cincinnati Christian since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season. The Eagles won a pair of three-set matches over the Quakers in the 2011 campaign.
HCAC Defensive Player of the Week: Megan Hedinger is the reigning HCAC Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week after recording 5.5 digs per set and leading the Quakers to a 3-0 record last week. The honor is her second of the season.
Record Start: Earlham is off to an 11-4 start to the season, the program's best since the 2007. The program has not won 15 games since the 1992 campaign.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of the match 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 faces Saint Mary's College (Indiana) on Friday evening before opening HCAC play at Manchester University on Saturday.