Volleyball: OAC Tournament Semifinals - Mount Union (25-4 Overall) at #18 Ohio Northern (26-4 Overall)

Volleyball: OAC Tournament Semifinals - Mount Union (25-4 Overall) at #18 Ohio Northern (26-4 Overall)

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, 7 pm - ONU Sports Center, Ada, Ohio - OAC Tournament Semifinals

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Thursday's Preview: For the second consecutive season, the Ohio Northern volleyball team has been named a Regular Season OAC Champion ... The Polar Bears own the No. 2 seed in this year's OAC Tournament after tying with Otterbein in the regular season standings ... Ohio Northern is seeking its 20th OAC Tournament championship ... Northern has made it to the championship game 25 times in the tournaments 34-year history ... The Polar Bears defeated Heidelberg in a 5-set thriller in 2016 to claims its first OAC Tournament Title since 2009 ... Northern enters the contest after sweeping Marietta 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the OAC Tournament ... Sophomore McKenna Jordan's 11 kills led the team offensively, while freshman Katie Wade dished out a game-high 31 assists and senior Megan Nieszala recorded a team-best 12 digs ... Sophomore Chelsea Huppert currently leads the team and is third in the OAC with 355 kills, while Jordan is second on the team and fifth in the OAC with 339 kills ... Wade currently leads the team and ranks second in the OAC with 1,191 assists, the second best freshman mark in the category in ONU history ... Nieszala currently leads the team and ranks second in the OAC with 535 digs ... Huppert leads the OAC with 114 total blocks, while senior Haley Potter ranks second in the conference with 100 blocks ... Potters' 37 service aces currently ranks second in the conference ... Mount Union enters the contest as the No. 3 seed in the tournament ... MtU is making its 27th appearance in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament ... The Raiders have won the tournament title three times, most recently in 2014 and have been runners up two times ... Mount Union is coming off of a 3-1 victory over Baldwin Wallace in the semifinal round of the OAC Tournament ... Senior Brooke Knollman led the way with a game-high 15 kills ... Senior Riley Schenk dished out a game-best 37 assists, while junior Allison Baird had a game-high 19 digs ... Freshman Madelin DiBease currently leads the MtU offense with 288 kills, while Schenk leads the team and ranks fifth in the OAC with 883 assists ... Defensively, junior Kyleigh Jackson leads the team and ranks fourth in the OAC with 24 blocks solo ... Senior Celia Barrett's 41 service aces currently lead the conference.

 ONU Statistical Leaders:

  Kills       Blocks       Aces       Digs       Assists  
1. Huppert 355   1. Huppert 114   1. Potters 34   1. Nieszala 535   1. Wade 1,191
2. Jordan 339   2. Potters 100   2.  Langston 32   2. Hostetler 435   2. Nieszala 70
3. Potters 263   3. Wade 36   3. Wade 36   3. Langston 307   3. Broering 30

All-Time Series: ONU is 48-8 all-time against MtU, including a 3-0 sweep over the Purple Raiders during the regular season ... Northern owns a 19-2 record in the series at friendly confines and is 8-1 all-time against Mount Union in the OAC Tournament.

Head Coach Kate Witte: Witte is in her 27th season as head coach with a 690-225 record, a winning percentage of .754 ... She is the all-time winningest coach in ONU volleyball history.