Thursday, November 15, 2019, 8 pm - Van Noord Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Thursday's Preview: The No. 10-ranked Ohio Northern volleyball team has advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA III Tournament for the 23rd time in its 32 appearances ... ONU has been in 32 of the 40 NCAA Tournaments ... This is the Polar Bears' fourth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament ... The Polar Bears have amassed a 38-31 record in its 32 appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Semifinals in 2008 and a Runner-Up finish in 1989 ... Northern enters Friday's contest on a 5-match winning streak and winners of 11 of its last 12 matches ... The Polar Bears received an automatic bid to the NCAA III Tournament by winning the OAC Tournament by defeating John Carroll, Baldwin Wallace and Otterbein ... Ohio Northern shared the OAC Regular Season title with an 8-1 record ... ONU advanced to the Second Round with a 25-18, 25-15, 25-20 victory over Aurora (Ill.) on Thursday ... Senior All-American Chelsea Huppert led ONU with 14 kills and senior McKenna Jordan with 10 kills ... Huppert is third in the OAC with a 1.03 bps average and is second with a .344 hitting percentage ... She also leads the team with 346 kills ... Huppert is 3rd all-time in ONU history with a career .338 hitting pct. and 124 career block solos, is 4th with 399 total blocks and is 6th with 1,370 kills ... Freshman Madison Kern leads the OAC with 1.07 bps and is second with 119 blocks ... Jordan is second on the team with 255 kills this season ... She is tied for 10th all-time in ONU history with 1,176 kills ... Senior McKenna Hostetler leads the team and the OAC with 698 digs ... She ranks 4th all-time at ONU with career 2,113 digs ... Ohio Northern is 115-14 against unranked opponents in the past 5 seasons, a winning percentage of .891 ... ONU leads the OAC with 267 blocks, a 2.19 bps average and 2,365 digs this year ... Calvin making its 29th NCAA Tournament appearance and the 16th-straight appearance under current head coach Amber Warners. The Knights are 61-27 all-time in the NCAA Division III Tournament, have won three NCAA titles and reached the national semifinals last year ... Senior Sarah DeVries and sophomore Kelsey Smith have been named to the Great Lakes All-Region team while freshman Aubrey Wrubel has been named to the Great Lakes All-Region Honorable Mention list ... In addition, DeVries has been named the AVCA Division III Great Lakes Player of the Year for the second straight season while Wrubel has been named the AVCA Great Lakes Freshman of the Year.
ONU Statistical Leaders:
All-Time Series: Calvin holds a 16-11 lead in the series between the two schools ... ONU is 4-2 v CU in the NCAA Tournament.
Head Coach Kate Witte: Witte is currently in her 29th season as the head women's volleyball coach at Ohio Northern … She owns a coaching record of 742-240, a winning percentage of .756 ... She is the school's all-time wins leader. ... She is the school's all-time wins leader and has announced her retirement at the end of the 2019 season.