Game of the Week - Westminster at Principia

Game of the Week - Westminster at Principia

This week's SLIAC Game of the Week is the match-up on the volleyball court between Westminster College and Principia College.

At a Glance
Westminster College heads to Elsah, Illinois to take on Principia College in this week's St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Game of the Week. Westminster comes in with a 4-3 overall record and are 1-1 in SLIAC play while Principia is 4-3 overall and in a three way tie for first-place in the conference with a perfect 2-0 record. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

A Look at Westminster
Westminster opened up SLIAC play over the weekend by splitting a pair of matches. The Blue Jays topped Iowa Wesleyan 3-1 but fell to Greenville 3-0 in the weekend's closing match. On the year the Blue Jays are hitting .153 as a team and average 10.27 kills per set. Defensively the Blue Jays are near the top in fewest reception errors while also ranking third in service aces per set.

Sophomore Hannah Marshall leads a balanced attack at 2.81 kills per set. Another four Blue Jays average at least 1.65 kills per set. Junior Amanda Kiso, a Second Team All-Conference performer last year, is averaging 1.96 kills and 0.73 blocks per set. Senior Lexi Collier, a two time First-Team All-Conference performer, is averaging 1.84 kills while hitting .333 this season with 0.53 blocks per set. The offense is run by junior Kayla Reeg, a Second Team All-Conference player in 2014, with 8.04 assists per set.

A Look at Principia
Principia is on a two match winning streak after winning their first SLIAC matches of the season, topping Spalding and Blackburn in identical 3-1 victories. The Panthers are hitting .165 as a team this season, averaging 8.89 kills per set. Defensively the Panthers are a quick team, leading the conference with 17.32 digs per set.

Principia has relied on freshman Sophia Hathaway to fill numerous roles for the team. Hathaway leads the team in kills (82) and is second in assists (75), digs (72), and total blocks (10). Sierra Sprague, a senior,  is second on the team in kills (1.71 per set) and tops in digs, averaging 4.75 per set. Freshman middle blocker Emily Tippetts ranks third on the team with 1.45 kills per set and leads the team with 12 total blocks.

Game Notes:

  • Westminster leads the all-time series against Principia 27-22 with Principia winning last year's match 3-0 in Elsah.
  • Principia missed the SLIAC Tournament last year for just the second time in program history. They also missed the 2009 tournament, meaning they have made the tournament field in 18 of 20 years.
  • Westminster has appeared in five consecutive SLIAC Tournaments.
  • Principia's Sophia Hathaway ranks first in the conference in hitting percentage (.363) and third in the conference in kills per set (2.93).
  • Westminster's Lexi Collier is second in the league in hitting percentage with a .333 mark.
  • Did You Know? That Principia and Westminster have combined to have 12 SLIAC Volleyball Players of the Year. Principia has a league record seven winners of the conference's top individual award while a Westminster player has won five times, tied for the second most in the league.
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