Volleyball Weekly Preview

Volleyball Weekly Preview

THIS WEEK: The Trinity College volleyball team enters the sixth week of action with a 6-9 record after going 2-1 last week with a non-conference win versus St. Joseph and a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win at Colby before a loss on the road at Bates. This week, the Bantams host Conn College on Friday before matchups with WPI and Rhode Island College at home on Saturday.

MATCH-UPS:
Trinity (6-9, 1-6) v. Conn College (9-7) (3-3 in NESCAC)
Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut
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Trinity (6-9, 1-6) v. WPI (17-4) (4-3 in NEWMAC)
Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut

Trinity (6-9, 1-6) v. Conn College (7-9) (0-4 in LEC)
Saturday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m.
Oosting Gymnasium
Hartford, Connecticut

Conn College Series History: Trinity holds a 23-21 record dating back to 1987.

Recent history against the Camels: The Bantams fell, 3-1, last season to Conn College in New London. 

WPI Series History: The series is tied, 1-1, with the first matchup being played in the fall of 2011.

Recent history against the Engineers:​ Trinity dropped a 3-1 match to WPI in the 2014 Trinity Volleyball Invitational.

Rhode Island College Series History:
 The Bantams are 7-2 all-time against the Anchormen dating back to the 1991 season.

Recent history against the Anchormen: Trinity and RIC last met in the 2013 Brandeis Invitational where the Bantams swept the Anchormen, 3-0.

WEEKLY NOTES:

- Sophomore Rachel Underwood is first in the conference with 29 service aces on the season. The California native is also second in service aces per set (0.58), just .03 off the lead. Underwood has put together an impressive sophomore campaign so far, tallying 115 kills (2nd on team) and 133 digs (1st on team). 

- Senior tri-captain Randi Whitham totaled 88 assists in the 2-1 week for the Bantams, including a 40-assist effort in a 3-1 win at Colby for Trinity's first NESCAC victory of the season. She also notched five kills from the setter position, five aces, two blocks, and 23 digs in the three matches. Whitham is third in the league in total assists (422) and second in assists per set (8.44).

- Sophomore Hanna Engstrom leads the team with 123 kills and is 11th in the NESCAC with 2.46 kills per set. Engstrom tallied 20 kills in the team's three games last week. 

- Junior Claudia Varner leads the squad's hitters this fall in hitting percentage (.233) after a solid week last week. Varner combined for 18 kills for a .313 hitting clip in the team's three games. The junior also had two block solos to go along with two block assists in the team's 3-1 win at Colby.

- The Bantams are averaging 10.62 kills per set and 1.40 blocks per set, up from last year's totals of 10.41 kills per set and 0.92 blocks per set.