Notebook: Emory Takes Third Tourney Title
SMELL THE ROSES: Junior Courtney Rose earned all-tournament honors as she helped Emory to win the Emory Invitational championship. Rose posted 23 kills, 23 digs and four service aces while recording a .519 hitting percentage in the two matches she played.
The Eagles moved up to No. 3 in the CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III poll with four wins in their third tournament victory of the season. They are one of three teams from the University Athletic Association ranked in the top six of the poll joining No. 1 Washington (Mo.) and No. 6 New York University.
Emory has won 13 consecutive matches and 12 straight without losing a single game.
ON A ROLL: Wisconsin-Oshkosh is off to its best start since 1996 after winning its third straight tournament title at the UW-Whitewater Invitational on Sept. 24. The Titans started the 1996 season with a 27-0 record.
Sophomore Leah Rosenbaum collected 47 kills and 15 blocks while posting a .421 hitting percentage in the tournament as she earned Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.
UW-Oshkosh has won 16 straight matches since opening the season with a 3-1 loss Elmhurst College on Sept. 2. The Titans jumped seven spots to No. 15 in the latest national rankings for their recent success.
MAKING HER MARK: Sophomore middle blocker Lizzelle Cintron became just the second player in New Jersey City University history to reach the 1,000-kill mark as she helped the Gothic Knights win the 2005 WIAC Invitational last weekend.
Cintron received Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week and New Jersey Athletic Conference weekly honors for averaging 6.27 points, 4.60 kills, 4.27 digs and 1.80 blocks while hitting .411 in four of NJCUs five matches last week.
Cintron, a native of Newark, N.J., recorded 29 kills in the tournament as she improved her all-time total to 1,025 kills. She also became the schools career leader in total blocks with 205 after posting 14 over the weekend.
NJCU has won six straight matches after sweeping Montclair State on Sept. 27 for the first time in program history. Cintron contributed 20 kills, 15 digs, four blocks and a .533 hitting percentage in the victory.
NOTABLE: Carleton College has won nine straight matches to earn its highest ranking in the CSTV/AVCA Division III poll in school history at No. 11. The Knights are the highest-rated team of the four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference squads in the poll ¦ The University of La Verne recorded its fourth straight sweep as the No. 4 Leopards downed Occidental College, 3-0, on Sept. 27. It was the programs 53rd consecutive win in Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition ¦ No. 16 Central College won its 34th straight match in Iowa Conference play as the Dutch downed Simpson College in five games on Sept. 27. The last time the Dutch lost a league match was Oct. 3, 2001 ¦ Senior setter Erin Meredith of Eastern (Pa.) University needs just 64 assists to reach 5,000 in her career after contributing 38 in the No. 23 Ramblers win against Rosemont College on Sept. 26.