RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team continues Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play on Saturday when the Quakers host Franklin College for a 1 p.m. match at Schuckman Court.
The Teams: Earlham and Franklin. The Quakers are 13-6 overall and 1-1 in conference after a marathon 5-set loss to Defiance College on Wednesday. The Grizzlies are 10-8 overall and 0-2 in HCAC play after a pair of 5-set losses to Manchester University and Defiance.
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. Mary Johnston, also an assistant director of athletics, enters her eighth season with the Grizzlies volleyball program.
The Players: A pair of freshmen, Carly Federinko and Julia Stewart, both have over 190 kills and together with junior Ashleigh Burton, average nearly three kills per set to lead Earlham offensively. Sophomore setter Lauren Jackson dishes out just over 10 assists per set. Junior libero Megan Hedinger, a 1,000-career dig performer, averages 5.30 digs per set. Nico Morris quarterbacks the Franklin offense to the tune of 8.35 assists per set while Libby Stahl anchors the back row averaging 5.58 digs per set.
First HCAC Win: With Earlham's come-from-behind, 5-set win at Manchester last Saturday, the Quakers won their first HCAC match in program history. The victory snapped a 63-match conference losing streak.
Recent History: Earlham has not beaten Franklin since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season.
HCAC Offensive Player of the Week: Ashleigh Burton is the reigning HCAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week after tallying 4.36 kills per set and a .393 attack percentage last week.
Record Start: Earlham is off to a 13-6 start to the season, the program's best since the 2007. The Quakers have not won 15 games since the 1992 campaign.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video 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 hosts Transylvania University at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday.