MILWAUKEE - The MSOE women's volleyball team 2014 freshman class was two players—Abby Born and Aleah Quast. Now, in their fourth seasons, the duo is cementing their place in program history, each eclipsing notable milestones in the early portion of their final seasons.
Born was the team's primary setter from the moment she stepped on campus, amassing 991 assists as a rookie, which is the second-most in a season for a Raider. She then tallied 870 as a sophomore, the fifth-most for a season.
In 2016 she was a part of a two-setter system and took a more active role in the attack, but Erika Glapinski's school record for career assists still came into sights for the Kansas native this season.
Born entered her final campaign needing just 204 assists to surpass Glapinski's mark of 2,412. She has seen her assists numbers rise to the levels near her sophomore campaign, averaging 8.15 per set, and easily surpassed the record in the first match of the Ripon Invitational Sept. 15.
With the record in her rearview mirror, Born is now working up the league career charts. She enters the week 10th in NACC history with 2,633 assists and could become the seventh player to 3,000 assists for a league school.
On the defensive end of the court, Quast is having a standout senior campaign. She leads the league with a career-best 5.81 digs per set and surpassed 1,000 career digs last week. The milestone came quickly in the campaign, as she entered 2017 needing 251.
Like Born, Quast was an immediate starter as a rookie, donning the special jersey as the squad's primary libero. She was part of a rotation as a sophomore but re-took the lead of the back-row defense the last two seasons.
Getting digs in bunches has her moving up the school-record charts. With 1,061 digs to start the week, she 228 digs from fifth place in school history.
Rachel Lynde, who missed last season with an injury, returned for her senior campaign this season and the squad picked up another senior in Holly Denfeld, who played four years of basketball. The quartet has given a relatively young roster some excellent senior leadership.
Lynde could add to the class' milestones, as she sits at 894 career kills, which is fifth in school history. She could become just the fifth Raider to 1,000 career kills if she finishes the campaign strong.
Behind their driving force, MSOE has easily eclipsed its 2016 win total already and starts its league slate in earnest this week. With the Raiders' next nine matches against conference teams, they will look to make a run back into the league post-season for the first time since 2008.
Elsewhere Around MSOE Athletics…
- The Men's & Women's Cross Country teams each won the Olde English Classic with Patty Bray and Nick Bath each finishing second in their respective races.
- Golf's Sullivan Schrandt shot a -4 (68) Monday for the second-best round in program history to share medalist honors at the WLC Fall Invitational. The team placed 6th/16 teams.
- Women's Tennis pushed its school-record win streak to six-straight to open the season before suffering a pair of losses Sunday.
- Women's Volleyball went 1-3 at the IIAC/NACC Crossover in Iowa over the weekend, suffering some hard-fought losses.
- Braden Andryk tied the Men's Soccer school record with 61 career goals Saturday in a 5-0 rout of Maranatha on the road.
- Men's Soccer opened the NACC season with a 3-1 win over Edgewood mid-week.
- Women's Soccer played once last week, suffered a defeat on the road at #13 UW-Whitewater.
Coming Up This Week...
- Women's Tennis (6-2, L2) takes on Marian Wednesday in a replay of their postponed match from last Wednesday. The team also hosts Alverno and Concordia Chicago Saturday.
- Men's Soccer (5-2, W2) plays at preseason league favorite Dominican Wednesday and then Rockford Saturday.
- Women's Soccer (2-6, L3) gets a second chance to start NACC play, hosting Dominican Wednesday in a rematch of the 2016 NACC Championship match. The Raiders then play at Alverno Saturday.
- Women's Volleyball (8-11, L3) faces a pair of local league rivals on the road at Alverno Friday and Wisconsin Lutheran Saturday.
- Cross Country heads to UW-Eau Claire for the BluGold Invitational for a rare Friday night meet.
- Rowing heads to the Tail of the Fox Regatta Sunday.
- Golf hosts its only home event of the season, the MSOE Invitational Sunday and Monday at Grand Geneva Resort.
|Wednesday||Women's Tennis||@ Marian*||4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||Men's Soccer||@ Dominican*||4:00 PM||Video | Live stats|
|Wednesday||Women's Soccer||Dominican*||7:00 PM||Video | Live stats|
|Friday||Cross Country (M/W)||@ UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational||4:15 PM|
|Friday||Women's Volleyball||@ Alverno||7:00 PM||Video | Live stats|
|Saturday||Women's Tennis||Concordia Chicago*||10:00 AM|
|Saturday||Women's Volleyball||@ Wisconsin Lutheran*||12:00 PM||Video | Live stats|
|Saturday||Women's Tennis||Alverno*||2:00 PM|
|Saturday||Women's Soccer||@ Alverno*||2:30 PM||Video | Live stats|
|Saturday||Men's Soccer||@ Rockford*||4:30 PM||Video | Live stats|
|Sunday||Rowing||@ Tail of the Fox Regatta||All Day|
|Sunday-Monday||Golf||MSOE Invitational||All Day||Live Results|
|* Conference Contest | Home Contests in BOLD|