Volleyball: #20 Ohio Northern (24-4 Overall, 7-1 OAC) at Marietta (11-16 Overall, 3-5 OAC)

Volleyball: #20 Ohio Northern (24-4 Overall, 7-1 OAC) at Marietta (11-16 Overall, 3-5 OAC)

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, 7 pm - Ban Johnson Arena, Marietta, Ohio

Friday's Preview: The No. 20-ranked Ohio Northern volleyball team enters Friday's contest winners of eight straight matches and is in a 3-way tie for first place in the OAC ... Northern could win its 25th OAC Regular Season title with a victory in its last match against Marietta on Friday evening and can claim the No. 1 seed in next week's OAC Tournament with a win and a Mount Union victory over Otterbein on Saturday afternoon ... ONU is coming off a 25-16, 25-17, 25-14 sweep over Baldwin Wallace on Tuesday evening ... Northern was led offensively by sophomore Chelsea Huppert's 13 kills, while freshman Katie Wade posted a game-high 34 assists and sophomore McKenna Hostetler added a game-high 13 digs ... Through 28 matches this season, sophomore Chelsea Huppert leads the team and is second in the OAC with 340 kills, while sophomore McKenna Jordan ranks second on the team and fifth in the OAC with 315 kills ... Huppert's .337 hitting percentage currently leads the team and ranks third in the conference ... Freshman Katie Wade currently ranks third in the nation with 1,130 assists and leads the OAC in the category ... Her single-season mark currently ranks second among freshman in ONU history ... Senior Megan Nieszala currently ranks second in the OAC and ranks 31st nationally with 512 digs, while sophomore McKenna Hostetler currently ranks second on the team and sixth in the OAC with 408 digs ... Huppert currently leads the league and ranks 12th nationally with 107 total blocks, while Potters ranks second on the team and in the OAC, and ranks 20th nationally with 95 blocks ... Potters also has a team-best 33 service aces and ranks second in the OAC in the category ... Marietta enters the match after dropping three straight contests ... Senior Darcy Irish currently leads the Pioneers with 265 kills this season, while senior Erica Denallo ranks second on the team with 226 kills ... The Pioneers have two athletes with at least 300 assists as freshman Maddie Nader leads the team with 324 assists and fellow freshman Aly Wiseman ranks second on the team with 305 assists ... Senior Emily Peters currently leads the team and ranks fifth in the OAC with 445 digs, while freshman Sam Ritenour's 64 blocks ranks first on the team.

ONU Statistical Leaders:

  Kills       Blocks       Aces       Digs       Assists  
1. Huppert 340   1. Huppert 107   1. Potters 33   1. Nieszala 512   1. Wade 1,130
2. Jordan 315   2. Potters 95   2.  Langston 32   2. Hostetler 408   2. Nieszala 64
3. Potters 253   3. Wade 35   3. Wade 25   3. Langston 296   3. Broering 28

All-Time Series: Northern owns a perfect 50-0 record all-time against Marietta ... The two teams first met in 1981 where Northern won 2-0.

Head Coach Kate Witte: Witte is in her 27th season as head coach with a 688-225 record, a winning percentage of .754 ... She is the all-time winningest coach in ONU volleyball history.