HCAC schedule arrives with Rose-Hulman visit

HCAC schedule arrives with Rose-Hulman visit

The 2016 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener resumes a six-match home stand Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Match details: First serve between the Spartans, sitting 7-4 with a six-match win string in tow, and visiting Rose-Hulman (6-7) is 7 p.m. inside Stauffer-Wolfe Arena … Live audio, statistics and video are available at a link at www.muspartans.com, the Internet home of Manchester University athletics.

Spartan Shorts: Coach Bryndon Paulsen's team is on the program's longest victory streak since the 2011 squad compiled the same number in a row. A decision over the Fightin' Engineers would equal the 2008 crew's seven-match skein that opened their season … MU is listed within the top five of five overall statistical categories in the HCAC. Sophomore setter Dakota Stanichuk (Athens, Mich.) is leading the way in assists per set (9.78) while standing fourth in service aces (.5 per set); senior outside hitter Courtney Chowning (Yorktown, Ind.) ranks second in kills per set (3.72) and fifth in total kills (134); and sophomore middle hitter Hannah Tevis (Royal Center, Ind.) is fifth in hitting percentage (.273) … Tevis, who earned Most Valuable Player honors at the Manchester University Invitational Sept. 16 and 17 due to a .478 attack percentage in three appearances, takes a set of six successive matches in which she's hitting .400 or better into Wednesday. Looking further into the Spartans' statistics, Chowning has reeled off eight straight double-digit kill outings; Stanichuk has tossed up 30-or-more assists in 11 of her last 12 matches played dating back to 2015; and freshman defensive specialist/libero Anna Marie Lawrie (Indianapolis, Ind.) has registered four straight double-figure dig matches including a season best 23 during a four-set win over Indiana University – Northwest Sept. 17 … MU and Rose-Hulman have traded three-set wins on the other's home floor the last two seasons. The Fightin' Engineers won at North Manchester in 2014, and the Spartans did so in Terre Haute, breaking a six-match skid in the series, in 2015 … The Black and Gold wrap up their current home stretch Saturday, Sept. 24, as Franklin College comes to Stauffer-Wolfe Arena for a 1 p.m. start.