Friday-Saturday, September 14-15, 2018 - Smith Arena, Springfield, Ohio
This Weekend's Preview: The #20-ranked Polar Bears will travel south to compete in the Wittenberg Fall Invitational this weekend ... Ohio Northern will face stiff competition in all three matches, facing #17 Hope (Mich.) Friday at 4 pm, Mary Washington (Va.) (who received 17 points in the recent AVCA poll) at Noon on Saturday and #4 Wittenberg at 4 pm on Saturday ... ONU is coming off a 25-14, 25-20, 25-22 sweep of area-rival Bluffton on Tuesday, giving head coach Kate Witte her 700th career victory in the process ... The Polar Bears got 11 kills from freshman Madi Ellis and 10 kills from junior All-American Chelsea Huppert in the win ... Witte is now 700-229 in 28 seasons at ONU, a winning percentage of .753 ... She is the winningest coach in Ohio Northern volleyball history and in the history of the Ohio Athletic Conference ... Through 9 matches this season, Huppert leads the team and is second in the OAC with 110 kills and junior McKenna Jordan is second on the team and fourth in the OAC with 92 kills ... Senior Josie Andres, Ellis and Huppert rank 3, 4 and 5 in the OAC with hitting percentages of .380, .367 and .360, respectively ... Sophomore Madison Broering leads the OAC with 193 digs and sophomore Katie Wade leads the league in assists with an average of 10.53 per game ... As a team, Ohio Northern leads the OAC with 460 kills, a .260 hitting percentage, 427 assists and 634 digs ... Huppert's current career hitting percentage of .341 is the third-best in ONU history ... Wade ranks 9th all-time in ONU history with 1,727 career assists ... Hope enters the tournament with a 7-0 record, which includes victories over #25 Berry (Ga.) and #10 Washington (Mo.) ... Katie Rietberg leads the Flying Dutch with 107 kills in seven matches ... Mary Washington is 6-1 entering the weekend and had their match against Lynchburg (Va.) on Wednesday postponed due to the closure of the school on Wednesday in preparation of the anticipated hurricane Florence ... The Eagles are led by Peyton Dunow with 68 kills in seven matches ... Wittenberg enters its annual tournament with a 5-1 league record, but is coming off a 3-2 loss to #22 Christopher Newport (Va.) ... Kennedy Schmidt, Haley Horner and Aubrey Cox lead the Tigers with 57, 54, 52 kills, respectively.
ONU Statistical Leaders:
All-Time Series: Ohio Northern leads the all-time series with Hope by a 16-8 margin and over Wittenberg by a 32-29 margin … Northern and Mary Washington are meeting for the first time.
Head Coach Kate Witte: Witte is currently in her 28th season as the head women's volleyball coach at Ohio Northern … She owns a coaching record of 700-229, a .753 win percentage and is the school's all-time wins leader.