The Tiffin University volleyball team has been road tested this season, playing all eight of their games in either Memphis or Louisville. The rubber will hit the road again this weekend for Tiffin, traveling to Detroit, Michigan to tangle with Wayne State on Friday. The back end of the trip will see Tiffin take on Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan.
Series Record: Tiffin is 3-11 against the Warriors.
Tiffin University vs. Wayne State University
GLIAC Coaches' Poll: The Warriors entered the 2017 season picked to finish 3rd in the GLIAC South. The Warriors earned 93 total points which was good enough for 4th overall in the GLIAC.
Last Matchup: Tiffin went 1-1 against the Warriors last season, dropping a tough five set match on September 16. Tiffin bounced back later in the year, defeating Wayne State 3-1 on November 10.
Ace In The Hole: The Dragons lead the GLIAC in aces per set (1.63) and total team service aces (55). Emily Weithman leads Tiffin in the category with 13 aces, ranking 2nd in the GLIAC and 69th in the nation.
Block It Up: The Dragons have accumulated 57 blocks this season, sitting 4th in the GLIAC and 72nd in the nation. 2016 GLIAC Blocker of the Year Jenna Huffman leads Tiffin with 32 blocks. She is 3rd in the GLIAC and 44th nationally.
It's A Tough Job, But Somebody Has To Do It: As a team, the Dragons are 4th in the GLIAC in digs per set, averaging 16.83. They're 68th in the nation in team digs (505), and sit 3rd in the GLIAC. Taylor Lattimore is as tough as they come, taking the punishment that comes with being the defensive specialist. She is 13th in the nation in total digs with 171. Last season she led the GLIAC in total digs, and is leading the conference currently. For her career she has 1,987 digs, currently 4th in the Tiffin record book.
Happy At Home: The Warriors are 3-1 at home this season, and are 0-3 at neutral sites. Last year Wayne State finished the season 9-3 at home.
Players To Watch:
Hailey Richardson - Leading the team in kills (86), Richardson has had her issues, hitting at a .114 clip. Hailey has committed 54 errors in 280 total attacks.
Michelle Asiedu - Leading the Warriors and GLIAC in hitting percentage (.432), Michelle is second on the team in kills with 78.
Grace Frazee - Leading the Warriors in total blocks (24), Frazee is the lone defender at the net to keep an eye on.
Tiffin University vs. Grand Valley State University
Series Record: The Dragons have never beaten the Lakers, posting a 0-9 record with five of the nine losses coming on the road.
Last Matchup: Tiffin fell in four sets last year on the road in Allendale. The Dragons were destroyed in set one 25-10, won the 2nd set 25-19, and fell in a close 3rd and 4th set 25-20 and 25-21 respectively.
Feast Or Famine: The Lakers are 3-5 overall, and when they've been good, they're good, winning all three games in straight sets. On the other hand, three of the five losses have been 3-1 defeats, not including the Lakers 3-0 loss to Indianapolis.
Fresh Out Of Aces: Grand Valley State has not had a ton of success at the service line, landing only 23 aces, 243rd of 287 teams in NCAA Division II. The Lakers are last in the GLIAC in service aces per set (0.79) and 273rd in the NCAA.
Last Time Out: The Lakers played the #13 team in the nation, and fell 3-2 to Winona State. The Lakers held a 2-1 set lead before Winona State came back to win the 4th set 25-20 and the 5th set 15-13.
Players To Watch:
Jayci Suseland - Leading the Lakers in kills with 94, Suseland is averaging 3.36 k/s. She is 3rd on the team in total blocks with 13.
Staci Brower - Leading the Lakers in hitting percentage (.285), Brower is 2nd on the team in kills and total blocks.
Katie Olson - Leading the Lakers in assists (278), Olson has also chipped in with seven blocks, six service aces, and 13 kills.