RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College volleyball team looks for its third Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) victory on Saturday when the Quakers travel to Mount St. Joseph University (MSJ) for a 1 p.m. match.
The Teams: Earlham and MSJ. The Quakers are 14-7 overall and 2-2 in conference after a 4-set loss at the hands of Transylvania University on Wednesday. The Lions are 11-10 overall and currently ride a 3-match conference skid having lost to Hanover College 3-0 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. Abby Smith is in her first season has head coach of the Lions after spending the previous three years as an assistant at Denison University.
The Players: Junior Ashleigh Burton and Julia Stewart both average 3.50 kills per set to lead the Quakers' offense. Along with freshman Carly Federinko, the three all average nearly a .220 attack percentage. Sophomore Setter Lauren Jackson dished out over 10 assists per set while junior libero Megan Hedinger notches over five digs per set. Hannah Talkers commands the Pioneers' offense as she assists on nearly nine kills per set. Almost 3.50 of those kills come from right side Jordan Horne. The Lions have four players who average two kills per set including Hannah Losey who has over 200 kills this season. MSJ features a 6-2 attack as Sydney Wilzbach and Riley Brashear both dish out over four assists per set.
Recent History: Earlham has not beaten MSJ since joining the HCAC prior to the 2010 season.
HCAC Offensive Player of the Week: Lauren Jackson is the reigning HCAC Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week as she dished out 11.25 assists per set last week.
NCAA Statistics Leader: Setter Lauren Jackson in 19th in all of NCAA Division III volleyball in assists pet set.
Record Start: Earlham is off to a 14-7 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 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 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College on Monday evening.