The Week Ahead: October 31-November 6

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University volleyball team gears up for the Midwest Conference Tournament this week, and hockey looks to win the Battle of Highway 41 trophy in a busy week for the Vikings.

LU Sports-VikingHockey-PMS301 HOCKEY (0-2-0, 0-0-0 NCHA)

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Marian (0-2-0, 0-2-0 NCHA)

When and Where: Friday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Blue Line Ice Center, Fond du Lac, Wis., and Saturday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., Appleton Family Ice Center.

Webcast: Lawrence at Marian (Friday); Marian at Lawrence (Saturday)

Series: Marian holds a 52-16-6 lead in the series, which started in the 1992-93 season. Lawrence has fared better against the Sabres in the last three seasons with a 2-4-0 mark.

Fast Fact: Lawrence took No. 1 UW-Stevens Point to overtime before falling 3-2 this past Saturday. The Vikings' win over No. 2 St. Norbert in the 2013-14 season remains the highest-ranked opponent the Vikings have defeated. The Vikings are playing for the Battle of Highway 41 trophy this weekend with the Sabres. Marian has a 6-1 edge in the series and currently has possession of the trophy after winning in a shootout after the teams split the games in 2015-16.

LU Sports-VikingVolleyball-PMS294 VOLLEYBALL (11-15)

Opponent: Lawrence at Midwest Conference Tournament

When and Where: Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4-5, Small Center, Mount Vernon, Iowa. Semifinals Friday, Lawrence at Cornell (21-6), 7 p.m., St. Norbert (14-14) vs. Grinnell (14-10), 4:30 p.m. Championship Saturday, 1 p.m.

Webcast: Midwest Conference Tournament

Series: Cornell holds a 5-2 edge in a series that started during the 2000 season.

Fast Fact: This is Lawrence's first trip to the Midwest Conference Tournament since it went to its current four-team format for the 2008 season. The Vikings finished in a tie for fourth place in the standings but won a tiebreaker with Ripon to knock the Red Hawks out. An automatic berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament goes to the tournament winner this weekend.

FENCING

Opponent: Lawrence at Badger Open

When and Where: Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m., UW Natatorium, Madison, Wis.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: This is the season opener for the Lawrence fencing team, and it's the debut for new head coach Michael Hall. Hall was hired as the team's full-time head coach recently and replaces Steve Amich, who had served as the team's coach for most of the past two decades.

LU Sports-VikingFootball-PMS294 FOOTBALL (3-5, 2-4 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Knox (1-7, 1-5 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m., The Knox Bowl, Galesburg, Ill.

Webcast: Lawrence at Knox

Series: In a series that goes back to 1935, Lawrence holds a 36-23-2 advantage over the Prairie Fire. The Vikings hold an 8-5 edge in the series since the 2003 season, but Knox has won the last two meetings. Lawrence has scored more than 60 points twice against Knox. The Vikings posted a school-record 67 points against Knox back in 1981 and scored 62 at Knox in 2011 in a game that featured a Lawrence record 573 passing yards.

Fast Fact: Lawrence put up some big numbers against Grinnell this past Saturday as the Vikings rolled up 622 yards on offense, just 47 shy of the school record of 669. Lawrence also had 442 rushing yards, just 46 yards away from the record of 488. Rookie quarterback Philip Santiago and rookie running back Wasonu Allen both went over 100 rushing yards. Allen had a team-high 146 on just eight carries, and Santiago had 140 on six attempts. Three of Santiago's seven pass completions went for touchdowns.

LU Sports-VikingSwimDive-PMS294 MEN'S AND WOMEN'S SWIMMING

Event: Lawrence vs. Beloit

When and Where: Saturday, Nov. 5, 1 p.m., Boldt Natatorium.

Webcast: None.

Fast Fact: Lawrence split its first dual meet of the season this past weekend against Ripon. The Lawrence women rolled to an impressive victory, and the Viking men were edged by the Red Hawks. Danielle Millin led the Vikings by winning a pair of events and swimming on a winning relay.