Schedule note: Court #2
Red Raider Classic
@ Olivet Nazarene
Holiday Inn Express Tournament
@ Olivet Nazarene
NAIA Volleyball National Championships
Red Raider Classic
@ Olivet Nazarene
Concordia (Calif.) Tournament
|Grand View Tournament|
Fri, Aug 22 - Sat, Aug 23
|Venue:||Charles S. Johnson Wellness Center|
|Location:||Des Moines, Iowa|
Game Time...Northwestern College will makes its 2014 season debut at the Grand View Volleyball Invite held this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa. Ranked fifth in the NAIA preseason coaches' poll, the Red Raiders open against Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) at 4pm on Friday, Aug. 21. They will then face sixth-ranked Grand View (Iowa) in a match-up of ranked teams at 8pm. On Saturday, Northwestern will play Saint Francis (Ill.) at 10am and (RV) Trinity Christian (Ill.) at 2pm. Follow the tournament live at the following link courtesy of the host team, Grand View: Tournament webpage!
Watch the Grand View match live here: Live Video (Grand View match only)
All-Time...Northwestern is a combined 15-4 all-time against the four teams they will compete against this weekend. Here is the breakdown: 4-1 vs Olivet Nazarene-last meeting (L) in 2011, 7-1 vs Grand View-last meeting (L) in 2011, 1-2 vs Saint Francis-last meeting (W) in 2005 and 3-0 vs Trinity Christian-last meeting in 2005.
Olivet Nazarene...Members of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), the Tigers' return seven players from their rotation off a 2013 team that finished fifth in the conference with a 10-4 record, 21-21 overall. Their 2013 season came to a close with a loss to CCAC tournament champion Trinity Christian in the conference semifinals.
Brenda Williams returns for her 19th season as the Tigers' head coach and has over 500 wins during her tenure at ONU. Williams has guided ONU to the NAIA National Championship in five of the last six years as well as 10 conference titles and eight conference tournament championships since 2000.
Returning for the Tigers' are both setters, junior Renee Enz and sophomore Katie Tabisz, who combined for over 10 assists per set as well as nearly 50 aces. ONU hit .174 last year, averaging 11.9 kills per set. Senior Heidi Schoenbein is the top returning hitter, averaging nearly two kills per set and hitting .223 out of the middle. A first team all-conference pick, Schoenbein ranked second on the team with 111 blocks. Junior Becky DeRuiter averaged 2.4 kills per set on the outside while Haley Hatalla earned first team all-conference honors as the team's libero last year.
Grand View...The Vikings are ranked sixth in the NAIA preseason coaches' poll after ending the 2013 season with a 34-14 overall record and ranked eighth in the final coaches' poll. It marks the highest rating ever in the history of the program.
Grand View won both the 2013 Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) regular season and postseason titles while earning its third straight trip to the NAIA National Championship. Seeded fourth in their pool, the Vikings went 3-0 in pool play, defeating three higher ranked teams to advance to the elimination round for the first time in the program's history. They defeated Georgetown to reach the quarterfinals where they lost to Biola (Calif.).
Tina Carter begins her seventh season as the Vikings head coach and has guided her teams to three consecutive MCC conference titles. Carter was named the 2013 MCC coach of the year. She returns six players from her regular rotation off the 2013 team.
Grand View was one of the top hitting teams in the NAIA last season, hitting .207 and averaging nearly 13 kills per set. Seniors Kelley Johnson and Erin Roggenburg both earned all-conference honors and return after being among the top hitters for the Vikings last year. Johnson, a 6-2 middle, led the team in blocks while Roggenburg averaged 2.7 kills on the outside. Sophomore Chrissy Daggett was the conference newcomer and setter of the year last season and returns after lofting up 9.7 assists per set. Kelly Nakandakari earned first team all-conference honors as the team's libero last year.
Saint Francis...Members of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC), the Fighting Saints return three starters/rotation players off a 2013 team that finished second in conference play with a 15-3 record. They were upset in the conference quarterfinals and finished with a 29-11 overall record.
Cara Currier has been associated with the Saint Francis volleyball program since 2000, spending the last 13 seasons as the head coach. Currier has guided the Fighting Saints to a winning record the last five years and six of the last seven.
Megan Mowery, a 5-9 junior outside hitter, returns after earning first team all-conference honors the last two years. Mowery hit .315, averaging over 2.5 kills per set, and returns as the top hitter. Caleigh Hill, a 6-0 senior, returns in the middle after recording 86 blocks in 2013. Danielle Conrad, a 5-8 sophomore setter, is the other returning starter and guided a USF offense that hit .210 as a team.
Trinity Christian...Also a member of the CCAC, Trinity Christian earned votes in the initial preseason poll after ending the 2013 season with their first ever top 25 rating. The Trolls finished last year ranked 22nd after advancing to the final site of the NAIA volleyball championship. They won both the CCAC regular season and postseason titles, going 17-1 league play, and ended 37-10.
Bill Schepel, the 2013 CCAC coach of the year, begins his eighth season as the Trolls head coach. He returns three starters and 10 players off last year's team.
Trinity hit .228 last year and averaged 12.3 kills per set but lost both middle hitters and an All-American outside hitter. Senior Kaitlyn Van Dellen was third on the team with 90 blocks in 2013 and is the top returning hitter. Junior Lauren Macadlo hit .132 and averaged 1.9 kills per set. The Trolls will benefit from having senior Erynn Schuh return at the setter position after earning both the CCAC setter of the year and All-American honors in 2013.
Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders open the 2014 season ranked fifth in the NAIA preseason poll and picked first in the GPAC preseason coaches' poll. They return seven starters/rotation players off a 2013 squad that won the GPAC regular season title with a perfect 16-0 record. Northwestern returned to the NAIA National Championship after a two-year hiatus where they advanced out of pool play with a 2-1 record before losing to Midland in the single elimination round of 12. They ended the year with a 36-4 record, ranked ninth in the final poll.
Kyle Van Den Bosch begins his 10th season as the Red Raiders head coach, leading his teams to the national championship six of his nine years. Van Den Bosch has the second most wins in the program's history and has been named the GPAC coach of the year five times.
The Red Raiders return two seniors, Alexis Bart and Kaitlin Floerchinger, who have started the last three years. Bart, a two-time all-conference pick, ranks in the top five all-time in career digs and led the team in both digs (4.23) and serve receive (95%) last season. Floerchinger, the reigning conference player of the year and first team NAIA All-American, hit .223 and averaged 3.8 kills and over three digs per set last season. She also ranked second in the NAIA with 83 ace serves.
A strong junior class also returns for the Red Raiders, led by All-Americans Karlie Schut and Brooke Fessler. Schut averaged 3.8 kills and hit .266 on the right side while totaling 88 blocks and 42 ace serves. Fessler ranked eighth in the NAIA in assists per set (10.6) and hit .384 with 50 blocks in her first season at NWC. Haley Chambers averaged 2.1 kills and hit .268 on the outside, earning second team all-league honors. Payton Samuelson earned all-conference honors after hitting .285 and totaling 132 blocks. Sophomores Jillian Estes (26 aces), Autumn Pluim and Brooke Van Gorp return as part of the backrow defense.
Up Next...Northwestern will play four matches at the Bruins Labor Day Classic on Aug. 29-30 in Bellevue, Neb.
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