|Bruin Labor Day Classic|
Fri, Aug 29 - Sat, Aug 30
|Venue:||Gordon Lozier Athletic Center|
Game Time...Fifth-ranked Northwestern continues its season as they head to play in the Bruins Labor Day Classic this weekend in Bellevue, Neb. Northwestern owns a 3-1 record this season and will face #24 Davenport (Mich.) at 11am on Friday morning (Aug. 29) and (RV) Baker (Kan.) later on Friday at 5pm. On Saturday, Northwestern will come back to play Montana State-Northern at 11am and William Woods (Mo.) at 3pm. Follow all of the matches via live stats at the following link: Live Stats!
All-Time...Northwestern is a combined 8-1 against the four teams they play against this weekend. They are 5-1 all-time against Baker, sweeping two matches last year, and are 3-0 against William Woods, last playing in 1998. This will be the first ever match(es) against both Davenport and Montana State-Northern.
Davenport...The Panthers are 0-1 heading into Friday's match against Northwestern, losing to #7 Midland on Thursday night, 3-1. Davenport posted a 25-20 win in the opening set but then dropped the final three 25-22, 25-15 and 25-23.
The Panthers finished the 2013 season ranked 24th in the final coaches' poll, just missing out on NAIA postseason play by two spots in the poll. They were second to #4 Madonna (Mich.) in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) with a 10-1 record but got upset in the conference quarterfinals to end with a 31-10 mark. Davenport returns nine players, including three all-conference players, off last year's team.
Davenport hit .221 last season and averaged 13.4 kills per set. Hannah Stone returns after becoming the program's first ever All-American. The middle hitter put down 2.6 kills per set and led the team with 134 blocks. Amber Getty returns as the team's setter after earning first team all-conference honors, lofting up 10.3 assists per set. Marcey DeHaan is also back after putting down 2.6 kills per set and earning honorable mention all-conference honors.
Baker...The Wildcats are 2-2 so far this season, defeating Friends and Texas Wesleyan and losing to Texas at Brownsville and Oklahoma Baptist at the OBU Tournament. Baker earned votes in the NAIA preseason poll.
In 2013, Baker finished second to MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) regular and postseason, losing to the Pioneers in four sets. Nine players and seven regular rotation players return from that 2013 team.
Kathy Allen is in her 17th season as the Baker head coach and has over 350 wins during her tenure. Allen has guided Baker to five straight 20+ win seasons.
Baker is hitting .212 this season, averaging 11 kills per set. Shannon Bond is the leading hitter, putting down 2.5 kills per set and hitting .361 on the outside. Hannah Betge, a first team all-league selection and freshman of the year in the HAAC last year, averages two kills, 1.2 blocks and 7.3 assists per set. Danielle French, a junior middle hitter, leads the team with 19 blocks and was a second team all-conference pick.
Montana State-Northern...The Skylights come into the weekend with a 3-2 record, owning wins over Walla Walla (Wash.), Northwest (Wash.) and Simpson (Calif.) and losing to Evergreen (Wash.) and Eastern Oregon.
Members of the Frontier Conference, MSN won its first regular season conference title in 22 years in 2013, going 15-1 in the regular season. Seeded first in the postseason conference tournament, they were upset by Rocky Mountain (Mont.) and ended the year ranked 22nd with a 26-6 overall record.
Bill Huebsch is in his sixth year as the Skylights head coach and returns three starters and four players off last year's team. He earned both conference and regional coach of the year honors in 2013.
Montana State-Northern is hitting .224 as a team, putting down 11.7 kills per set in five matches this season. Newcomer Jessica Wilcox, a transfer junior from Utah State, is one of the top hitters this year, averaging over three kills per set. Junior outside hitter Dayna Jensen puts down 3.3 kills per set and is hitting .242. Jaden Lynch lofts up 10.3 assists per set while averaging 2.9 digs.
William Woods...Members of the American Midwest Conference, the Owls are 1-1 this season, defeating Central Methodist (Ark.) and losing to William Penn (Iowa).
William Woods returns seven players from its regular rotation and nine total players off a 2013 team that tied for fourth in hte AMC with an 8-3 record. They lost in the first round of the conference tournament to end the year with a 14-22 record.
Monica Herschelman is in her third season as the head coach of the Owls, taking over in the spring of 2012 after a successful stint as an assistant at Bradley University.
William Woods is hitting .253 this season, averaging 13.3 kills per set. Emily Becker is the top hitter returning, averaging 2.3 kills and hitting .267 on the outside. She was a first team all-conference pick last year. Kristen Bauer also returns on the outside and puts down 2.4 kills per set. She also was an all-conference pick last year. Abbie O'Mara was the AMC Libero of the Year in 2013 and leads the defense with 2.2 digs per set.
Northwestern News and Notes...The fifth-ranked Red Raiders opened their 2014 season with a 3-1 record in a classic played at Grand View in Des Moines, Iowa. They swept both Olivet Nazarene and Saint Francis and then defeated a ranked Trinity Christian squad 3-2. Northwestern's only loss was a four-set match to #6 Grand View.
Northwestern hit .268 for the weekend, putting down 12.7 kills per set, and limited opponents to a kill percentage of .175. Senior Kaitlin Floerchinger led the Red Raiders in kills (4.1) and hit .338 on the outside. She also totaled a team-best eight ace serves and averaged 3.5 digs. Junior Karlie Schut averaged 2.8 kills per set and hit .176 on the rightside and Haley Chambers put down 2.3 kills per set. Brooke Fessler lofted up 11 assists per set and hit .667, averaging 1.5 kills per set. Alexis Bart led the defense, averaging 4.9 digs per set.
Up Next...Northwestern will head on the road again as they play Buena Vista in a non-conference match-up on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The Red Raiders will have their home opener next weekend, Sept. 5-6, when they host the Red Raider Classic.