2013 Volleyball National Championship
Dordt College Tourney
Game Time...Northwestern plays host to Midland for senior and parent's day on Saturday, Nov. 1 in the NAIA match of the week featuring top 10 teams. Parent's of all the players and managers will be recognized inbetween the junior varsity and varsity matches, as well as the three senior players and manager. The Red Raiders, ranked sixth in the NAIA, clinched the outright GPAC regular season title last time out, improving to 14-0 in the conference, 27-2 overall. Ninth-ranked Midland is in second place in the GPAC with an 11-3 record, 21-6 overall. Watch/listen live to the match via the NWC webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now!
All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 44-10 but is an even 5-5 over the last 10 match-ups. Last year, the team's split their four matches with Northwestern sweeping both during the regular season and Midland winning both in the postseason.
Last Time vs Midland...Kaitlin Floerchinger put down a match-high 18 kills in leading Northwestern to a 3-0 road win over Midland in a match-up between top 10 teams played on Oct. 4. Individual set scores were 25-19, 28-26 and 25-22.
Northwestern hit .294 over the three sets, led by Floerchinger with 18 kills and three ace serves. Both Haley Chambers and Karlie Schut added eight and Payton Samuelson put down four kills and 1.5 blocks. The Red Raiders totaled seven aces, three each for Floerchinger and Jillian Estes. Alexis Bart led the defense with nine digs.
Midland was led by Krystina Koepke with eight kills and 2.5 blocks and Heather Pribyl added five kills in 11 attempts, hitting .455.
Scouting Midland...Ninth-ranked Midland is in second place in the GPAC with an 11-3 record, two matches ahead of both Dordt and Concordia with two left to play. The Warriors are 21-6 overall and own a 5-1 record over their last six matches. They had their five-match win streak snapped last time out, losing at home to Hastings in five sets on Oct. 29.
Paul Giesselman is in his fifth season as the Midland head coach and returns all but two players off a 2013 team that finished second in the GPAC with a 13-3 league record. Giesselman then guided his team to the GPAC postseason title and to its first ever trip to the NAIA Championship where they advanced out of pool play, defeated Northwestern to get to the quarterfinals where they lost to eventual champion Texas at Brownsville. Giesselman, who shared GPAC coach of the year honors with Kyle Van Den Bosch, guided his team to a 37-5 overall record, setting the record for the most wins in a season. They were picked to finish second in the GPAC preseason poll.
Midland is third in the GPAC in kills (12.6), fifth in hitting percentage (.211) and ranks 11th in the NAIA with 2.4 blocks per set. Sophomore KC Heimann is the top hitter for the Warriors, averaging three kills per set and hitting .193 on the leftside. Krystina Koepke is hitting a team-best .324 and averages 2.1 kills and 1.1 blocks per set, third most in the GPAC. Senior Megan Farley returns as the team's setter after earning All-American honors last year. Farley, a three-time all-conference pick, puts up 9.9 assists per set. Heather Pribyl is second in the GPAC with 117 blocks (1.2 per set).
Northwestern News and Notes...Ranked sixth in the NAIA, Northwestern has won 13 straight matches to improve to 14-0 in the GPAC, 27-2 overall. They clinched their second consecutive GPAC regular season title and will be the top seed in the upcoming eight-team postseason tournament, beginning on Saturday, Nov. 8. It marks the Red Raiders' fifth GPAC regular season title in the last seven years.
Northwestern is the top hitting team in the GPAC, averaging 13.6 kills and hitting .279 this season, seventh best in the NAIA. They also lead the GPAC with 209 ace serves.
This weekend marks the final home match for the three Red Raider senior players, Alexis Bart, Brooke Fessler and Kaitlin Floerchinger, as well as for the manager, Ben Boice. This group of seniors has a combined overall record of 102-32 over the last four years and qualified for the NAIA Volleyball National Championship in 2013, advancing out of pool play before losing in the round of 12. Within the GPAC, this group has an impressive record of 51-11, winning the regular season titles the last two years (2013 and 2014). They also finished tied for third in 2011 and fifth in 2012.
Alexis Bart-four-year starter for the Red Raiders in the backrow; earned first team all-conference honors in 2012 and second team accolades last year; named GPAC defensive player of the week five times during her career; all-time career digs leader at Northwestern, totaling 2,062 and averaging 4.3 per set; 64 career aces and has a career serve receive percentage of 96%; 86 matches with 10-or-more digs, 25 with 20-or-more, 4 with 30+ and 1 with 40+.
Brooke Fessler-transferred in as a junior and has started in every match the last two years; was named to the NAIA All-American 2nd team and first team all-region and all-conference last year; earned GPAC setter of the week four times the last two years; NAIA Scholar Athlete; ranks sixth all-time in career assists (2,665) after just two years; averaged 10.8 assists per set, career hitting percentage of .380, averaging close to one kill per set; 569 career digs (2.3 per set), 79 blocks and 54 ace serves; 58 matches with 30+ assists, 28 matches with 40+, 11 with 50+ and one match with over 60 kills.
Kaitlin Floerchinger-four year starter; 2-time NAIA All-American; named honorable mention All-American in 2012 and first team honors in 2013; earned AVCA Regional Player of the Year and GPAC Player of the Year in 2013; 3-time all-conference selection, including first team honors the last two years; NAIA Scholar Athlete and CoSIDA Academic All-District; named GPAC player of the week 5x and GPAC setter of the week 2x; NAIA player of the week in 2013; ranks sixth all-time with 1,338 career kills (2.98 per set); 11th all-time in career assists (1,504); is second all-time with 231 career aces; 70 matches with 10+ kills, 12 with 20+, 49 matches with 10+ digs and 6 with 20+ digs.
Up Next...Northwestern closes the regular season against Dordt on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 6/7:30pm in Sioux Center.
# 2 | Defensive Specialist
Senior from Sioux Center, Iowa