Senior Day On Sunday Dayton will honor fifth-year senior Yvonne Marten … Since starting as a freshman in 2007 Marten has witnessed 131 wins, four NCAA Tournament appearances and three A-10 regular season and tournament titles … The Fortville, Ind., native was granted a medical redshirt in 2008 and spent the majority of 2009 recovering from another injury only to return in 2010 stronger than ever for the nationally-ranked Flyers … Marten will be joined by her parents, Tom and Connie, during the Senior Day cerimonies before the match on Sunday.
Dayton At A Glance (19-5, 11-0 A-10) Conf. Rank: 1st
AVCA Top-25: RV (No. 27)
Milestones on the Line Dayton will aim to clinch its third consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title with a trip to rival Xavier on Friday before hosting Fordham for Senior Day on Sunday … At 11-0 in conference play with Xavier and Saint Louis tied for second at 8-3, one win for the Flyers would clinch at least a share of the A-10 regular season title … One win would also give Dayton its 11th consecutive 20-win season … Two wins for Head Coach Kelly Sheffield would make him the fasted coach in program history to reach 100 wins at UD.
100-Win Coaches at Dayton Coach (UD record) /// # of matches to reach 100 wins Kelly Sheffield (98-26) /// 124 (TBD) Tim Horsmon (128-43) /// 141
R. Elaine Dreidame (309-95) /// *146
Pete Hoyer (178-96) /// 154
Julie Biermann (149-137) /// 203 * Estimate. Match-by-match results are unavailable for 1975.
Head Coach Kelly Sheffield has a 98-26 record at UD and 240-105 overall record … In his fourth season at UD, Sheffield is on pace to become the first coach in Dayton history to reach 100 wins in less than four seasons … In 2010, Sheffield was the AVCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year and A-10 Co-Coach of the Year.
Dominance During Winning Streak Dayton brings a 15-match winning streak into the weekend – along with a 29-match regular season (36 overall) winning streak against A-10 opponents … During Dayton’s 15-match winning streak, the Flyers have a 45-2 set record … UD has held its opponents to under 20 points in all but five of the 47 sets during the winning streak … The Flyers have a .351-to-.074 advantage over their opponents in hitting percentage during this time.
In The National Rankings UD earned 60 points (positioned at No. 27) in the most recent AVCA Top-25 Coaches Poll – the 42nd consecutive week UD has been receiving votes … All five of UD’s losses are against teams which are currently ranked … Dayton was ranked No. 19 in the preseason poll … In the NCAA RPI, the Flyers are ranked No. 34.
Regular Season Conference Winning Streaks With back-to-back Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament crowns the Flyers have won the last 36 matches against A-10 teams and hold a 29-match regular season conference winning streak ... UD’s regular season conference winning streak is the third-longest in the country.
1. Hawai’i – 52
2. Northern Iowa – 50 3. Dayton – 29
Statistical Leaders - Stats The Flyers lead the A-10 in team hitting percentage, opponent hitting percentage, kills per set and blocks per set both overall and during conference play … Sophomore middle blocker Megan Campbell leads the A-10 in blocks per set and hitting percentage – overall and during conference play – ranking 5th in the nation in hitting percentage and 12th in blocks per set … Junior outside hitter Rachel Krabacher is also is the A-10’s overall and conference-only leader in kills per set and points per set, ranking 16th in the nation in kills and 18th in points per set … Junior setter Samantha Selsky leads the A-10 in assists per set during conference play and ranks second in the A-10 overall.
Vargas Fifth In Career Digs Junior libero Paige Vargas enters the weekend with 1,307 career digs … She ranks fifth in career digs at Dayton after passing Carrie Snider (2000-03, 1,241) … Vargas became the 11th Flyer in program history to pass the 1,000-dig mark after recording 16 digs against Houston on Sept. 2 … The Naperville, Ill., native recorded a career-high 35 digs this season at Green Bay (8/27) – the most since she recorded 31 against Xavier on Nov. 22, 2009 … Dayton’s career digs record is held by Adrienne Green (2004-07) with 2,070.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION Xavier (16-9, 8-3 Atlantic 10) Series: Dayton leads, 46-24. UD has won nine of the last 10 matches with XU.
Last meeting: at Dayton 3, Xavier 1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-14, 25-16) – Oct. 14, 2011
Conf. Rank: T-2nd
RPI: 85 Xavier is 3-2 since losing to the Flyers in Dayton on Oct. 14 in straight sets … The Musketeers are currently tied for second in the A-10 with Saint Louis at 8-3 … Xavier’s offense is directed by five-time A-10 Rookie of the Week, setter Aubree Smith … Sophomore outside hitter Sarah Brown leads the team in kills per set and was named this week’s A-10 Offensive Player of the Week … 2010 A-10 Libero of the Year Stephanie Vorherr is averaging 4.22 digs per set in 2011 – fifth in the A-10 … Second-year head coach Mike Johnson holds a 36-19 record at Xavier … The Musketeers were picked second in the A-10 Preseason Coaches Poll … XU finished the 2010 season 20-10 and 12-3 after losing to Dayton (3-0) in the 2010 A-10 Championship final in Cincinnati … Xavier has the third-highest NCAA RPI in the A-10 at 85 – behind Dayton (34) and Saint Louis (79).
Fordham (6-20, 3-8 Atlantic 10) Last meeting: Dayton 3, at Fordham 0 (25-16, 25-13, 26-15) – Oct. 22, 2011
Conf. Rank: T-8th
RPI: 279 Fordham has lost nine of its last 10 matches but is coming off an upset of second-place Saint Louis last Friday in the Bronx – the program’s first-ever victory over SLU … With a 3-8 mark in A-10 play, the Rams are tied for eighth in the A-10 … Fordham ranks fourth in the A-10 in blocks per set, led by Randi Ewing’s 1.11 blocks per set – also ranking fourth individually in the A-10 … In the other seven team categories Fordham ranks no higher than eighth … Head Coach Peter Volkert is in his eighth season at Fordham with a 123-139 record … Fordham returned three starters plus the libero from last season’s team which qualified for the A-10 Tournament, finishing in a tie for fifth … Fordham is ranked 279th in the official NCAA RPI.