Volleyball Weekly Preview

Volleyball Weekly Preview

THIS WEEK: The Trinity College volleyball team enters the fifth week of action with a 4-8 record after going 1-2 last week with a non-conference win at Mitchell and losses against Bowdoin and Tufts, respectively. This week, the Bantams host St. Joseph (Conn.) on Tuesday evening for their Dig Pink Fundraiser before hitting the road this weekend for New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchups against Colby on Friday, followed by Bates on Saturday.

MATCH-UPS:
Trinity (4-8, 0-5) v. St. Joseph (Conn.) (7-7) (2-2 in GNAC)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut
Live Video 

Trinity (4-8, 0-5) v. Colby (3-11) (0-4 in NESCAC)
Friday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m.
Wadsworth Gymnasium
Waterville, Maine
Live Video

Trinity (4-8, 0-5) v. Bates (4-9) (1-3 in NESCAC)
Saturday, Oct. 8, at 1 p.m.
Alumni Gymnasium
Lewiston, Maine
Live Video

St Joseph Series History: Trinity holds a 20-0 record dating back to 1988.

Recent history against the Blue Jays: The Bantams have not met the Blue Jays since the 2010 season, when Trinity came away with a 3-0 win on the road.

Colby Series History: Trinity holds a 16-7 record against the Mules dating back to 1996.

Recent history against the Mules:​ Colby edged the Bantams 3-2 last season at Colby.

Bates Series History:
 Bates holds a 19-12 advantage over the Bantams going back to 1987.

Recent history against the Bobcats: The Bantams were blanked, 3-0, at Bates last fall.

WEEKLY NOTES:

- Sophomore Rachel Underwood is tied for first in the conference with 25 service aces on the season. The California native is also second in service aces per set, just .01 off the lead. Underwood has put together an impressive sophomore campaign so far, tallying 91 kills (3rd on team) and 112 digs (T1st on team). 

- Senior tri-captain Randi Whitham surpassed 1,000 career assists, eclipsing the milestone in the Trinity’s 3-0 victory at Mitchell last week. Against the Mariners, she also chipped in four kills and an ace, while posting a .571 hitting percentage. Whitham leads the NESCAC with 8.38 assists per set.

- The Bantams host their Dig Pink fundraising initiative for breast cancer awareness on Tuesday against the University of St. Joseph. The Bantams will don pink uniforms to show their support and fans are asked to wear pink to the game.

- Sophomore Hanna Engstrom leads the team with 102 kills and is 10th in the NESCAC with 2.55 kills per set. Engstrom tallied a season-high two aces in the team's match against Mitchell. 

- Junior Claudia Varner leads the squad this fall in hitting percentage (.224) after a solid week last week. Varner combined for 17 kills for a .279 hitting clip in the team's three games.

- The Bantams are averaging 10.60 kills per set and 1.30 blocks per set, up from last year's totals of 10.41 kills per set and 0.92 blocks per set.