Wednesday, Oct. 4, 201, 7 pm - ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio
Wednesday's Preview: No. 17-ranked Ohio Northern welcomes Otterbein to the ONU Sports Center for a key early-season OAC battle ... Northern enters the match riding a 7-match winning streak ... The Polar Bears opened OAC play with a 25-18, 26-24, 25-22 victory over Mount Union on Saturday ... Sophomore Chelsea Huppert led the way offensively for ONU with a game-high 14 kills, while sophomore McKenna Jordan chipped in 11 kills and senior Haley Potters added 10 kills ... Freshman Katie Wade posted a game-high 39 assists and senior libero Megan Nieszala recorded a game-high 20 digs ... Tonight's match will feature the nation's top two assist leaders, as ONU's Wade holds a slim 785-783 lead over Otterbein's Andrea Miller ... Huppert and Jordan lead the team and rank third and fourth in the OAC with 240 and 228 kills, respectively ... Huppert also leads the team and ranks fourth in the OAC with a .340 hitting percentage ... The sophomore currently leads the OAC in all three blocking categories, with 28 blocks solo, 50 block assists and 78 total blocks ... Senior Haley Potters is tied for first in the OAC with 28 blocks solo and is second with 47 block assists and 75 total blocks ... Huppert (7th) and Potters (9th) also rank nationally in total blocks ... Defensively, Nieszala leads the OAC and is 10th nationally with 391 digs and is sixth all-time at Ohio Northern with 1,678 career digs ... Sophomore Kristin Langston currently leads the team and ranks fifth in the OAC with 24 aces ... As a team, ONU ranks fifth nationally with 2.33 blocks per set ... Otterbein enters tonight's match riding a 4-match winning streak ... The Cardinals received 23 votes in the latest AVCA coaches poll, which is the 38th-most votes in the poll ... OU is coming off a 3-2 victory at Denison on Sunday ... Junior Hadley Sterett had 22 kills and junior Andrea Miller had 67 assists and 28 digs to lead the Cardinals ... Miller leads the nation in assists per set at 11.35, but trails ONUs Katie Wade in total assists nationally by a 785-783 count ... Senior Morgan Lowenkamp leads the OAC and is third nationally with a .422 hitting percentage ... OU's only loss came against #10 Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) in 5-sets, a team that also edged Ohio Northern in a 5-set thriller.
ONU Statistical Leaders:
All-Time Series: Northern leads the all-time series againt OU by a 49-5 margin ... Northern has is 20-2 all-time at home and has won the previous three matchups by a combined 9-1 score.
Head Coach Kate Witte: Witte is in her 27th season as head coach with a 680-224 record, a winning percentage of .753 ... She is the all-time winningest coach in ONU volleyball history.