Oct. 6, 2010

REGAL REWARD: California Lutheran finished the first half of Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a perfect 7-0 with its fifth sweep against a league foe as the Regals downed Redlands on Oct. 5.

Fresh off being named Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week, senior middle blocker Allison Kerr knocked down 12 kills while hitting .706 against Redlands as the Regals remained on top of the SCIAC standings.

In three league victories last week, Kerr averaged 4.55 kills, 1.18 digs and 5.23 points per set while hitting .489 en route to receiving the programs first national weekly honor.
The Regals, who are receiving votes in the latest AVCA Division III Top 25, have won 12 straight matches after opening the season 0-3 against three nationally-ranked foes at the Wittenberg National Invite.

PERFECT SO FAR:
Top-ranked Washington (Mo.) University remained the lone unbeaten squad in Division III womens volleyball with a 3-0 record last weekend at the first University Athletic Association round robin of the season.

Freshman Meghan Byrne shared UAA Athlete of the Week honors for her efforts in the Bears victories over No. 19 Chicago, Brandeis and Rochester. Byrne tallied 13 kills while hitting .407 as the Bears rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a five-game win against Chicago to stay perfect at 17-0 on the season. The outside hitter led the squad with a .382 hitting percentage and 35 kills on the week.

The Bears, who has lost just seven total sets this season, are back in action on Oct. 9 when they host Westminster College and Mount Union.

BIG BLUE BREAKING IN:
Millikin University made its season debut in the latest AVCA Division III Top 25 at No. 25 after stretching its winning streak to a school-record 19 matches with a trio of victories last week. The Big Blue upped their record to 20-0 with a victory over Wheaton (Ill.) The previous mark for consecutive wins was 18 set in 1988.

Sophomore setter Brittany Cardott, the reigning College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Player of the Week, tallied 37 assists and 10 digs against the Thunder as the Big Blue improved to 4-0 in league play.

Cardott leads the CCIW with 9.89 assists per set, and anchors a Millikin team that paces the league, and is seventh in the nation, in hitting percentage at a .285 clip.

ON A ROLL: St. Thomas turned in a 5-0 record last week, including a win over No. 20 Concordia, as the Tommies improved to 16-3 on the year behind the stellar play of senior middle blocker Jill Osborne.

The native of Lakeville, Minn., registered 20 kills in a 3-1 victory over the nationally-ranked Cobbers, then capped off four sweeps at the Border Battle with 11 kills and an .846 hitting percentage against Wartburg. Osborne was named Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for her outstanding performance. She leads the MIAC with a .374 hitting percentage.

St. Thomas enters a weekend of MIAC play on a 10-match winning streak. The No. 14 Tommies host Hamline and visit Macalester on Oct. 8-9.

QUICK KILLS:
Second-ranked Juniata College suffered its second loss of the season on Oct. 5, falling to Division II Clarion University, 3-0, despite a match-high 13 kills from junior outside hitter Drew Barnhart … No. 11 UW-Whitewater will host No. 10 UW-Oshkosh on Oct. 6 in a battle of the last two unbeaten squads in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings. The Warhawks improved to 5-0 in league play last week as Caitlin Hogan posted 18 kills and a .536 hitting percentage in two wins, earning WIAC Player of the Week honors … No. 7 Carthage extended its winning streak to eight matches with a 3-1 defeat of Elmhurst in CCIW play. The Lady Reds have claimed 48 straight regular season CCIW matches since 2003, but will step out of league play for their next match as they host No. 2 Juniata on Oct. 9.