RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team opens Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Saturday when the Quakers travel to Manchester University for a 1 p.m. contest.
The Teams: Earlham and Manchester. The Quakers are 12-5 on the season, but had their five-match win streak snapped by Saint Mary's College yesterday (Friday). The Spartans are 8-5 overall, but fell to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the HCAC opener on Wednesday.
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. Bryndon Paulsen is in his fourth season leading the Spartans.
The Players: A pair of freshmen, Carly Federinko and Julia Stewart, both have over 175 kills and together with junior Ashleigh Burton, average nearly 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 5.27 digs per set. Cincinnati Christian hits a .188 clip as a team while averaging 8.38 assists per set. Manchester features a 6-2 offense as three Spartans split setting duties. Haley Duncan and Emma DeWitt have over 100 kills.
Recent History: Earlham has not beaten Manchester in 11 tries since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season.
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 12-5 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 of the match will be available – visit the link 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 continues its HCAC slate by hosting Defiance COllege on Wednesday.