Red Raider Classic
|Northwestern College Volleyball Classic|
Fri, Sep 5 - Sat, Sep 6
|Location:||Orange City, Iowa|
Game Time...Fifth-ranked Northwestern plays host to the four-team Red Raider Classic this weekend, beginning with two matches on Friday night, Sept. 5. The Red Raiders will play the University of Jamestown (N.D.) tonight at 7:30pm and will come back and face #16 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) tomorrow at 12:30pm in the NAIA match of the week. All of the matches will be broadcast via the NWC website and Stretch Internet at the following link: Watch/Listen Now!
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All-Time...Northwestern is 7-1 all-time against the University of Jamestown, last playing the Jimmies in 2012. The Red Raiders are 3-0 all-time against MNU, earning a 3-1 win the last time they played in 2011.
Dordt...The 13th-ranked Defenders come into the weekend with a 5-3 overall record, having played seven teams ranked in the NAIA preseason poll. They own wins over #17 Rocky Mountain (Mont.), #19 The Master's (Calif.) and #24 Davenport (Mich.). Last time out, they went 3-1 at the Bruins Labor Day Classic played at Bellevue last weekend, losing to #15 Viterbo (Wis.) but defeating Davenport, Montana State-Northern and (RV) Baker.
Chad Hanson is in his fourth season as the Defenders head coach and returns eight players off a 2013 team that finished tied with Hastings for third place in the GPAC at 12-4, 25-9 overall. They qualified for the NAIA National Volleyball Championship, advancing out of pool play before losing to Wayland Baptist (Texas).
Dordt is hitting .206 this season, averaging nearly 12 kills per set. Kayla Bartman returns as the team's setter after earning third team All-American honors in 2013. Bartman, the current GPAC setter of the week, averages 1.1 kills, 8.3 assists and nearly two digs per set. Sophomore Brooke Wolterstorff returns after earning All-American honors and being named the freshman of the year in the conference. Wolterstorff is hitting .218 and puts down 3.1 kills per set. Sophomore Elizabeth Kiel leads the team with 31 blocks and puts down 1.6 kills pet set, hitting .246.
University of Jamestown...The Jimmies are 5-3 this season, owning wins over Warner (Fla.), West Virginia Tech, Ashford (Iowa), Clark (Iowa) and #6 Grand View (Iowa). They have losses to #24 Missouri Baptist, St. Thomas (Fla.) and Culver-Stockton (Mo.). Jamestown plays in the North Star Conference.
Jon Hegerle is in his sixth season as the Jamestown head coach and returns six players from their rotation and a total of nine players off a 2013 team that won both the North Star Conference regular and postseason championships. They went a perfect 8-0 in league play and went 26-8 overall.
Three players who earned first team all-conference honors return, led by juniors Janna Johnson and Alaina Brown. Johnson averages a team-best 2.4 kills per set and is hitting .228 on the outside. Brown ranks second in the NAIA with 23 ace serves and puts down 1.3 kills per set. Sophomore Kaitlin Anderson was the freshman of the year and earned first team all-league in 2013. She leads the team with 32 blocks and a .252 kill efficiency.
MidAmerica Nazarene...After winning its first two matches, the Pioneers have lost their last four, all played at the Bruins Labor Day Classic last weekend. Ranked 16th in the preseason coaches' poll, they have a 2-4 record, defeating two Kansas schools, Friends and Haskell, but losing to Doane, Davenport, Ashford and Hastings.
Kristin Steele is in her sixth season as the Pioneers' head coach and returns three starters and six players overall from a 2013 team that won the Heart of America Conference (HAAC) regular and postseason titles. Ranked in the top 10 for most of the season, MNU qualified for the NAIA National Championship and went 1-2 in pool play to finish 27-4 overall.
The Pioneers are hitting .227 and averaging 12.6 kills to go with 1.8 blocks per set. Senior Zoraida Heredia, a returning All-American, leads the team with 3.9 kills per set and hitting .325 on the leftside. Senior Emily Hester leads the team with 18 blocks and hits .307 out of the middle. Hester was a second team all-conference selection. Sophomore Tashley Snyder leads the backrow with 4.2 digs per set.
Northwestern News and Notes...Northwestern has won seven straight matches since losing to #6 Grand View (Iowa) in its second match of the year. They are 8-1 and have wins over three ranked teams; #24 Davenport (Mich.), (RV) Baker and (RV) Trinity Christian. The Red Raiders are one of three teams from the GPAC to be ranked in the top 25 (Midland-7, Dordt-13) and one of four recognized in the poll (Hastings-RV).
Northwestern ranks 10th in the NAIA with a .277 kill efficiency, putting down 13.8 kills per set. Opponents are hitting just .151 against NWC as the Red Raiders average 1.7 blocks per set. Northwestern has 62 aces on the year.
Kaitlin Floerchinger ranks eighth in the NAIA with a team-best 4.3 kills per set, hitting .320 on the outside. She is fourth in the nation with 21 ace serves and puts up 3.4 digs per set. Karlie Schut averages 2.8 kills per set, hitting .203 on the rightside. Haley Chambers is hitting .238 and puts down 2.6 kills per set as the other leftside hitter. Payton Samuelson leads the team with 28 blocks and both Chambers and Jessica Van Beek have 17 blocks. Brooke Fessler is third in the NAIA with 11.7 assists and puts up two digs per set. Alexis Bart leads the backrow at 4.5 digs per set.
Up Next...Northwestern begins conference play on Wednesday night, Sept. 10, as they host Morningside at 6/7:30pm.