By Tiffany L. Rehbein
Lewis-Clark State is perfect in the Frontier Conference. Westminster is marred.
The MSU-Northern Skylights, in the middle of the pack, will meet both at home, coming into the final season stretch.
The Skylights, 3-4 in the Frontier Conference and 5-13 overall, meet L-C State, 8-0, 18-3, Friday at the MSU-Northern gymnasium.
Lewis-Clark, who is ranked nationally, is led offensively by Joy Dunn, who leads the conference in individual kills, averaging 4.93 on the season.
Six-foot freshman Anna Happel leads the conference in attack percentage, with a .377 on the year.
Northern sophomore Adrienne Poplawski is 10th in the conference with a .284 attack percentage.
Junior Warrior Marci Pascua helps Dunn tremendously as a setter. Pascua leads the conference at individual assists, averaging 12.01 assists per game.
For the Skylights, sophomore Jessica Gerenz is No. 7 in the conference, averaging 4.66 per game.
Northerns strength lies in its serving, where the Skylights, as a team, lead the Frontier Conference with a 94.4 serving percentage.
Senior Jennifer Sanders is No. 1, serving 99 percent. She missed her first and only serve more than one week ago at a tournament in North Dakota.
Sophomore Lyndi Hostetter is No. 3 in the conference, serving 97.4 percent. Hostetter has notched 29 aces on the season.
Sophomore Gabrielle Chambliss is ranked sixth in the conference, serving 95.9 percent for the Skylights. Chambliss has smoked 25 aces so far this year.
The Skylights also stand atop the team passing category with a 92 percent on the season.
Hostetter is ranked third at individual passing, where she has notched a 93.7 passing percentage this season.
Our goal is to score double digits against them (L-C State), first-year head coach Lisa Handley said. We know theyre more powerful than us, theyre a nationally-ranked team. Theyve got the weapons, so for us to score double digits would be great.
Rocky Mountain College, last week, was the first Frontier Conference team to notch double figures against the Warriors this season.
Saturday, the Skylights face off against Westminster College, who is in its first year as a full member of the Frontier Conference.
The Skylights were victorious when the two met earlier, as Northern downed Westminster 15-5, 15-4, 15-2 at Salt Lake City.
Well focus on our passing and our offensive game, Handley said. Theyll send a lot of free balls over, because theyre so young, they dont have a lot of power.
Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the MSU-Northern gymnasium.