The Week Ahead: Oct. 16-22

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University volleyball team faces a pair of critical Midwest Conference matches this weekend as the Vikings attempt to make the league tournament for the second consecutive season. One win would guarantee Lawrence a place in the four-team Midwest Conference Tournament.

VOLLEYBALL (10-13, 5-2 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Grinnell (14-7, 3-3 MWC)

When and Where: Friday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium

Series Record: Lawrence holds a 9-8 advantage over Grinnell, and the Vikings have won four of the last seven against the Pioneers.

Live Video: Lawrence vs. Grinnell

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Cornell (19-5, 7-0 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium

Series Record: Cornell has a 6-2 edge in the series going back to 2000. The Rams have won six straight over Lawrence.

Live Video: Lawrence vs. Cornell

Fast Fact: Lawrence is building its endurance this season with a plethora of five-set matches. With last Saturday's 3-2 victory at Lake Forest, Lawrence has played a school-record nine five-set matches this season. Lawrence had never played more than six five-setters in a season prior to that. Lawrence is 5-4 in five-set matches this season.

WOMEN'S SOCCER (2-13-0, 0-6-0 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Monmouth (10-6-0, 5-2-0 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 21, 11 a.m., Peacock Memorial Athletic Park, Monmouth, Ill.

Series Record: In a series that started in 1997, Lawrence holds a 10-6-3 advantage. The Scots have won the last two meetings.

Live Video: Lawrence at Monmouth

Fast Fact: Rookie goalkeeper Katlyn Seiffert recorded her top two save totals of the season during the past week. Seiffert made a season-high 20 saves at UW-Oshkosh and stopped 17 shots a few days later against Grinnell.

MEN'S SOCCER (1-12-1, 0-6-1 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Monmouth (2-11-1, 1-4-1 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:30 p.m., Peacock Memorial Athletic Park, Monmouth, Ill.

Series Record: In a series that goes back to 1997, Lawrence holds a 12-6-2 edge over Monmouth, and the Vikings have won three of the last five against the Scots.

Live Video: Lawrence at Monmouth

Fast Fact: The Vikings endured a pair of tough losses last weekend. Lawrence played to a near statistical dead heat with Cornell but lost 3-0. The following day against Grinnell, the Pioneers got a deflection off a defender for one goal and benefited from a free kick in the final seconds of the first half for another goal. Lawrence also had a goal wiped off the board as time expired in the second half.

FOOTBALL (1-5, 0-2 MWC North)

Opponent: Lawrence at St. Norbert (4-2, 2-0 MWC North)

When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Schneider Stadium, De Pere, Wis.

Series Record: In a series that dates to 1916, St. Norbert holds a 28-13-2 advantage. The Green Knights have won 19 straight against Lawrence, and the Vikings' last win was a 27-24 victory in 1997.

Live Video: Lawrence at St. Norbert

Fast Fact: Lawrence rookies made some big plays against Macalester. Speedy wide receiver Will Nichols caught a 91-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback D'Andre Weaver. That is the third-longest pass play in Lawrence history. Rookie running back Ethan Simmons had a breakout performance with 10 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Event: All-Wisconsin Showcase

When and Where: Saturday, Oct. 21, 1 p.m., Schroeder Aquatic Center, Brown Deer, Wis.

Live Video: None

Fast Fact: Lawrence opens its season with a strong nucleus on both squads. Look for Eryn Blagg, Emei Thompson, Emmi Zheng and Elise Riggle to lead the women's squad, and Travis Charlow and Max Stahl should be among the best on the men's team.