WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College volleyball team hosts a tri-match with Marietta College and Ohio University-Chillicothe on Saturday.
The Schedule: Wilmington will face Marietta at 1 p.m. and OU-Chillicothe at 5 p.m. The Pioneers and Bobcats will play at 3 p.m.
The Teams: Wilmington, Marietta and OU-Chillicothe. The Fightin' Quakers are 5-16 overall and 0-4 in Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play after falling to Ohio Northern University in straight sets on Saturday. The Pioneers are 9-14 overall and 1-3 in conference play after a five-set victory at Capital University on Tuesday. The Bobcats have played 15 matches thus far this season and have won two and lost four with the other nine results unavailable.
The Coaches: Tim O'Brien enters his fourth year as Wilmington's head volleyball coach. He has improved the Quakers' wins total each of his first three seasons and is looking to break through in the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) this season. A 2012 graduate of Siena Heights University, O'Brien was a four-year letter-winner for the Saints' men's volleyball, team and ranks in seven career and seasonal program records. Kristy Newman is in her first season as head coach at Marietta while Allysa Coyle is OU-Chillicothe's head coach.
The Players: Jillian Wesco leads the Wilmington offense with 133 kills for an average of 1.82 kills per set. Karrah Wind, Mariella Szrom and Taylor McCuistion all have over 80 kills while the three of them and Amber Rox put down over one kill per set. The Quakers have three players who have done the majority of the setting including Jacie Koontz who leads the team dishing out 3.08 assists per set. Defensively, Karley Schlensker averages 4.58 digs per set while Szrom has a team-high 45 blocks. Hunter Barnes and Sam Ritenour have over 145 kills for Marietta offensively while three Pioneers – Maddie Nader, Ellie Gerber and Avery Price – all dish out over three assists per set. Defensively, April Davis averages 4.12 digs per set. Statistics for OU-Chillicothe were not available.
Series History: Wilmington has not beaten Marietta and not played OU-Chillicothe in the last seven seasons. More information on the series history can be viewed by visiting the link above.
Coverage: Live statistics for both matches and live video for the Marietta match will be available – visit the links above.
Social Media: Follow Wilmington athletics on social media! The Fightin' Quakers have a presence on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics) as well as Twitter and Instagram (@DubCQuakers).
Up Next: Wilmington hosts Otterbein University for an OAC contest on Tuesday, Oct. 16.