Volleyball: #15 Ohio Northern (10-3 overall, 0-0 OAC) at John Carroll (10-4 Overall, 0-0 OAC)

Volleyball: #15 Ohio Northern (10-3 overall, 0-0 OAC) at John Carroll (10-4 Overall, 0-0 OAC)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - DeCarlo Varsity Center, University Heights, Ohio

Tuesday's Preview: The #15-ranked Ohio Northern volleyball team will open its defense of its 2017 OAC Regular Season title with a road match at John Carroll on Tuesday at the DeCarlo Center ... The Polar Bears have won 24 consecutive OAC openers, dating to a 3-0 loss at John Carroll in 1993 ... Ohio Northern used a balanced offensive attack to sweep Kenyon 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 last Wednesday night ... Junior Chelsea Huppert had a team-high 12 kills, while junior Sydney Bapst and freshman Madi Ellis had nine kills each to lead ONU ... Junior Sydney Fecko chipped in eight kills and senior Josie Andres had seven kills on only nine attempts for an impressive .778 ... Through 13 matches this season, Huppert leads the team and is third in the OAC with 161 kills while junior McKenna Jordan stands second on the team with 113 kills ... Huppert, senior Josie Andres, and freshman Madi Ellis rank second, fifth and sixth, in the OAC with hitting percentages of .379, .358, and .324, respectively ... Sophomore Madison Broering leads the team with 242 digs and sophomore Katie Wade leads the league in assists with an average of 10.77 per game ... As a team, Ohio Northern sits second with a .255 hitting percentage and leads the league with an average of 18.65 digs per game ... Huppert's current career hitting percentage of .345 is the third-best in ONU history ... Wade now ranks 7th all-time in ONU history with 1,875 career assists ... JCU is riding a 4-match win streak after a 22-25, 25-21, 25-20, 12-25, 15-9 victory over Ohio Wesleyan last Tuesday ... Cassi Calamunci (15), Brooke Hjerpe (13), Sarah Calabrese (11) led the Blue Streaks in kills ... Ally Bartolone had 23 assists and Rachel Bleile has 16 assists ... Calabrese is fourth in the OAC with an average of 2.94 kills per game and Calamunci is fifth with an average of 2.92 kills per game.

ONU Statistical Leaders:

  Kills       Blocks       Aces       Digs       Assists  
1. Huppert 161   1. Huppert 25   1. Hostetler 19   1. Broering 242   1. Wade 506
2. Jordan 113   2. Ellis 23   2. Broering 14   2. Hostetler 174   2. Hostetler 17
3. Ellis 105   3. Andres 16     Irmer 14   3. Wade 108   3. Broering 16
                  Wade 14                

All-Time Series: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series between the two schools by a 42-5 margin ... ONU is riding a 20-match win streak in the series, dating to a 3-0 JCU sweep in 2001 ... ONU is 17-2 against JCU at University Heights.

Head Coach Kate Witte: Witte is currently in her 28th season as the head women's volleyball coach at Ohio Northern … She owns a coaching record of 703-230, a .753 win percentage and is the school's all-time wins leader.