TIFFIN, Ohio - History is set to be made on Tuesday evening as Tiffin volleyball hosts their first-ever conference tournament postseason match as a member of Division II when they face Findlay in the quarterfinals at 7:00 p.m.
Tiffin is the two-seed with a 10-2 conference record, two games behind first-place Hillsdale. The Chargers, ranked No. 11 in the country, went a perfect 12-0 in GMAC play with only three total sets lost.
Walsh, who the Dragons swept last weekend, is the three-seed at 9-3, while Kentucky Wesleyan earned the fourth seed and final quarterfinal host site at 8-4, taking the tiebreaker over fifth-seed Cedarville.
Trevecca Nazarene (7-5) is sixth, followed by Findlay (6-6) and Malone (5-7).
Tiffin's final weekend went about as perfectly as could be, sweeping Walsh on Senior Night on Friday to gain sole possession of second place in the conference standings. The next day, the Dragons swept Malone with ease to lock in that two-seed, earning the right to host their first Division II conference playoff match.
Monday afternoon, Sam Fallis was named the GMAC Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts on the back line, averaging 6.5 digs per set in the victories.
Jenna Huffman also had a great weekend, and has now taken over the national lead in kills per set (4.73), total kills (501), and points per set (5.34). She also ranks second in DII in attacks per set with 12.92.
Loryn Huffman has moved up to second in the GMAC and 34th nationally with 10.43 assists per set, while Fallis is third with 4.68 digs per set. Fallis is also fifth with 39 aces on the year, and Grace Schreiber is second with 83 total blocks.
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Findlay did not clinch a playoff berth until the final weekend, using a 2-0 weekend to break out of a three-way tie with Malone and Lake Erie and finish alone in seventh.
Shelby Kin leads the team and is fourth in the GMAC with 3.60 kills per set and 4.09 points per set. Rylie Pattison joins Kin on the front line with 2.93 kills per set.
Emily Annesser handles the majority of the setting duties with 6.98 assists per set, Alana Sundermann leads with 3.75 digs per set, and Natalie Maras is tops on the team with 73 total blocks.