Volleyball Weekly Preview

Volleyball Weekly Preview

THIS WEEK: The Trinity College volleyball team enters the fourth week of action with a 3-6 record after going 2-1 last week with a loss to Wesleyan and sweeps of Colby-Sawyer and Husson, respectively. This week, the Bantams travel to Mitchell on Tuesday before returning home this weekend for New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups against Bowdoin on Friday, followed by Tufts on Saturday.

MATCH-UPS:
Trinity (3-6, 0-3) at Mitchell (3-6)
Tuesday, Sep. 27, at 7 p.m.
Yarnall Athletic Center
New London, Connecticut

Trinity (3-6, 0-3) v. Bowdoin (6-4) (0-3 in NESCAC)
Friday, Sep. 30, at 8 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut
Live Video

Trinity (3-6, 0-3) v. Tufts (9-1) (3-0 in NESCAC)
Saturday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut
Live Video

Mitchell Series History: Last year's matchup in Hartford was the first ever between the two programs.

Recent history against the Mariners: Trinity swept the Mariners, 3-0, last season in Hartford.

Bowdoin Series History: The all-time series is currently tied, 11-11 after a Polar Bear win last year.

Recent history against the Polar Bears: Trinity fell, 3-0, to Bowdoin last fall in Maine.

Tufts Series History:
 The Jumbos hold a commanding 26-3 advantage in the season series dating back to 1989.

Last Trinity win versus the Jumbos: Tufts blanked the Bantams in last season's matchup in Massachusetts.

WEEKLY NOTES:

- Sophomore Rachel Underwood had quite the weekend for Trinity. She combined for 26 kills, 19 digs, and 12 service aces across three games and put an exclamation mark on the weekend by serving seven aces against Husson on Saturday afternoon. She finished the week with a .311 hitting percentage.

- Senior tri-captain Randi Whitham is second in the league with 258 assists and is tied for third on the team with nine aces. The senior currently has 999 career helpers and will aim to break 1,000 this week. 

- The Bantams will host a Dig Pink fundraising initiative for breast cancer awareness at its October 4 matchup against the University of St. Joseph.  The Bantams will don pink uniforms to show their support and fans are asked to wear pink.

- Sophomore Hanna Engstrom leads the team with 83 kills and is 8th in the NESCAC with 2.68 kills per set. Engstrom averaged 11 kills per set over the team's three games last week. 

- The Bantams average 10.65 kills per set as a team, compared to last season when they finished with a 10.41 kills per set clip. Trinity also is averaging 1.26 blocks per set compared to just 0.92 last fall.