Game Time...Fifth-ranked Northwestern takes on Doane in a GPAC volleyball match played Saturday, Oct. 19 in Crete, Neb. The Red Raiders are 9-0 in the GPAC, 25-1 overall while Doane is 4-5 in conference play, 13-12 overall. Watch/listen live to the match via the Tigers Sports Network at the following link: Watch/Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern is 29-18 all-time against Doane, going 8-2 over the last 10 match-ups.
Last Time vs Doane...Northwestern snapped a two-match losing streak against the Tigers with a five-set win over Doane on Sept. 21 in the Bultman Center. The Red Raiders cruised to a 2-0 lead, hitting over .200 while limiting Doane to a negative hitting efficiency, winning 25-15 and 25-12. Doane stormed back and won sets three and four, 25-22 and 25-21, to force a fifth set that Northwestern won 15-6.
Northwestern hit .267 for the match, led by Kaitlin Floerchinger with 17 kills, hitting .238. Karlie Schut added 16 kills, six digs and three aces while Kellie Goedken put down nine kills and five blocks. Brooke Fessler lofted up 39 assists and totaled 10 digs.
Doane hit .104 for the match, led by Ashley Axmann with 14 kills. Both Emily Max and Abby Sorensen totaled 10 kills while Max put down a team-best six blocks.
Scouting Doane...The Tigers are currently seventh in the GPAC with a 4-5 record, just a 1/2 game in back of Briar Cliff for sixth place in the standings. They are 13-12 overall but bring a four-match win streak into Saturday's game. Doane earned wins over Siena Heights (Mich.), St. Ambrose (Iowa), Trinity Christian (Ill.) and Concordia (Neb.) during its win streak.
Gwen Egbert is in her first season as the head coach after taking over for Cindy Meyer, who stepped down at the end of the season in 2012 after serving as the Tigers' head coach for 26 years. Egbert comes to Doane following an outstanding high school coaching career at Papillion-LaVista and Papillion-LaVista South High Schools. She inherits a team that returns 10 players off a 2012 team that finished second in the GPAC with a 12-4 record, won the GPAC postseason championship and finished with a 28-9 overall record. They lost to the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) in NAIA Championship Opening Round.
Doane is hitting .171, averaging 11.8 kills per set, ranking ninth in the GPAC in both stat categories. They lead the league with 185 aces and are averaging just over two blocks per set.
Senior Ashley Axmann averages a team-high 3.9 kills per set, hitting .193 as one of the Tigers' outside hitters. A two-time all-conference selection, Axmann ranks fourth in the GPAC with 38 aces. Abby Sorensen (2.3) and Ali Jansen (1.3) are the other outside hitters. Emily Max, a 2012 NAIA All-American, averages 1.7 kills and leads the team with a .238 kill efficiency as one of the middle hitters. Freshman Rachel Wieser takes over at the setter position and lofts up 5.3 assists per set. Karissa Blank returns in the backrow and leads the team with 4.5 digs per set while ranking third in the GPAC with 40 aces. Julie Els is second in the GPAC with 43 ace serves.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have won 24 straight matches and currently sit in first place in the GPAC with a 9-0 record, 25-1 overall. After starting the year ranked 23rd in the national poll, Northwestern has risen all the way to fifth the last two weeks, the highest ranking since the 2010 season.
Northwestern ranks fifth in the NAIA with a .289 kill efficiency, averaging 13.4 kills per set. They are the top blocking team in the conference, putting down over 2.2 per set, and are second in the league with 164 ace serves.
Kaitlin Floerchinger puts down a team-best 3.9 kills per set, ranking third in the conference. The junior All-American is hitting .251 and leads the conference with 54 ace serves. Floerchinger has hit for double figures in kills in 19 matches. Karlie Schut is hitting .280 and averages 3.7 kills per set, leading the team with 24 matches of 10 kills or more. Schut ranks fifth in the league with 34 ace serves. Kellie Goedken leads the team with a .351 kill efficiency and averages 2.1 kills per set. The freshman leads the GPAC with 100 blocks, averaging over one per set. Brooke Fessler lofts up 10.6 assists per set and is third on the team with 2.5 digs per set. Alexis Bart ranks sixth in the GPAC at 4.3 digs per set.
Up Next...Northwestern will host Morningside on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6/7:30pm in the first of three home matches next week.
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