APPLETON, Wis. — The focus turns to Lawrence University volleyball this week as the Vikings look to wrap up a berth in the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament. Lawrence travels to Grinnell and Cornell this weekend and a pair of wins would guarantee a spot in the tournament.
Opponent: Lawrence vs. North Park (2-8-1)
When and Where: Friday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.
Webcast: Lawrence vs. North Park
Series: This is the first meeting between the teams.
Opponent: Lawrence vs. Monmouth (5-8-2, 2-5-0 MWC)
When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m., Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.
Webcast: Lawrence vs. Monmouth
Series: Lawrence holds a 10-5-3 lead in a series that began in 1997. The teams have split the last two games, with Lawrence winning 1-0 in 2014 and Monmouth winning 1-0 a season ago.
Fast Fact: Rookie goalkeeper Kori Looker turned in a very solid weekend as she posted a 1.49 goals against average and .875 save percentage as the Vikings played at Cornell and Grinnell.
Opponent: Lawrence at Grinnell (11-9, 3-2 MWC)
When and Where: Friday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Darby Gymnasium, Grinnell, Iowa.
Webcast: Lawrence at Grinnell
Series: Lawrence leads the series 9-7 and has won four of the last six matches against Grinnell. The Vikings defeated the Pioneers 3-1 a season ago.
Opponent: Lawrence at Cornell (15-6, 7-0 MWC)
When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 22, 11:30 a.m., Small Center, Mount Vernon, Iowa.
Webcast: Lawrence at Cornell
Series: Cornell holds a 4-2 edge in the series, and the Rams have won the last four matches.
Fast Fact: Junior Cyra Bammer was named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week after posting a career-high 35 digs against Knox. She also became the ninth player in Lawrence history to post 1,000 career digs. The Vikings have now won five straight conference matches and are in third place in the Midwest Conference. Lawrence also controls its own destiny in terms of making the four-team MWC Tournament. If Lawrence wins both matches this weekend, the Vikings would make the tournament.
Opponent: Lawrence vs. Monmouth (4-9-1, 3-3-0 MWC)
When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m., Ron Roberts Field at the Banta Bowl.
Webcast: Lawrence vs. Monmouth
Series: Lawrence holds a 12-5-2 lead in a series that was first played in 1997. The Vikings won last year’s game 1-0, and Lawrence has won three of the last four against the Scots.
Fast Fact: Lawrence played short-handed again this weekend as starting goalkeeper Joe Krivit remained out of the lineup. High-scoring forward Mike Deremo also was out with an injury. Taylor Reifert had his four-match streak with a point snapped Sunday at Grinnell.
Opponent: Lawrence at Lake Forest (5-2, 3-2 MWC)
When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m., Farwell Field, Lake Forest, Ill.
Webcast: Lawrence at Lake Forest
Series: Lawrence holds a 27-22 lead over the Foresters in a series that dates all the way back to 1902. The teams played regularly from the early part of the 20th century until 1935. The teams did not meet from 1936-73. Lake Forest joined the Midwest Conference in 1974, and the teams have played nearly every year since.
Fast Fact: Lawrence defensive lineman Chris Edwards blocked his first career kick when he knocked aside an extra point in the first quarter against St. Norbert. Linebacker Jake Gostisha continues to show his nose for the ball with his fourth interception of the season against the Green Knights. The four interceptions leads the Midwest Conference.
Event: All-Wisconsin Showcase
When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m., Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center, Brown Deer, Wis.
Fast Fact: Lawrence opens the season at the All-Wisconsin Meet for the second consecutive year. This marks the start of the ninth season for Lawrence head coach Drew Fleek.