Notebook: Perfect So Far
PERFECT SO FAR: Washington (Mo.) University cruised to its fourth tournament title of the season as the squad posted a 4-0 record in the Bears Classic last weekend. The top-ranked Bears' improved their perfect record to 19-0.
Megan Houck knocked down 37 kills and registered 12 blocks while hitting .508 in four matches in the tournament and earned University Athletic Association Player of the Week honors for her outstanding play. The senior from Chesterfield, Mo., averaged 1.20 blocks per game and committed just five errors on 63 attempts on the week. Houck leads the conference with a .440 hitting percentage.
The UAA features three of the nation's top four teams as Emory and New York University rank third and fourth, respectively in the CSTV/AVCA Division III poll. The Bears, who share first-place in the league standings with their two highly-ranked counterparts, lead the UAA with 16.29 kills and 3.07 blocks per game.
MOVING ON UP: Concordia (Minn.) jumped five spots to No. 12 in the latest national rankings after posting a 4-0 record at the Minnesota/Iowa Border Battle Tournament last weekend. It is the highest ranking the program has ever received.
The Cobbers have been ranked in 16 straight polls tying the College of Saint Benedict for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record. Concordia has won seven straight matches and is 23-0 in regular season tournaments over the last two seasons.
Junior Becca Shane of Detroit Lakes, Minn., earned her third all-tournament team honor after tallying 58 kills in four matches at the Border Battle. With 971 career kills, Shane needs just 29 more to become the ninth player in school history to reach the 1,000-kill milestone. She also leads the MIAC with 1.51 blocks per game.
REGAL RIDE: Cal Lutheran proved that all good things come to an end as the Regals snapped then-No. 4 La Verne's streak of 56 consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match wins on Oct. 7. The last time the Leopards loss a league match was a forfeit to CLU in 2001.
The victory vaulted the previously unranked Regals to No. 21 in the national rankings. CLU took over sole possession of first-place in the SCIAC standings, and then beat La Sierra on Oct. 8 to keep its overall record perfect at 11-0.
Junior middle blocker Mo Coverdale led CLU to the upset win with a match-high 18 kills and a .484 hitting percentage. She leads the SCIAC with a .534 hitting percentage and 4.87 kills per game.
RAISE THE ROOF: Ohio Northern setter Erika Roof contributed 34 assists as the Polar Bears extended their winning streak to eight matches with a 3-0 win over Otterbein on Oct. 11.
Roof, the reigning Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week, added to her school and league all-time assist records as she improved her total to 5,837. The senior from Springfield, Ohio, ranks eighth on the NCAA career assist list and leads the OAC with 12.02 per game.
Five of the No. 10 Polar Bears' six losses have been to teams ranked in the current CSTV/AVCA Division III poll. ONU has won 14 of its last 16 matches.
NOTABLE: Eastern Connecticut State University head coach Jolie Ward notched her 100th career victory as her squad downed Babson, 3-0, at the 25th Anniversary Crabtree Classic on Oct. 7. Ward, who is in her third season at the helm of Warrior program, boasts a 103-80 record in six years as a Division III head coach ... Alma College middle blocker Erin Fralick garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week after averaging 5.8 points, 4.5 kills and 1.30 blocks per game while posting a .571 hitting percentage in three wins last weekend. The Scots have now won six of their last seven matches after beginning the season 0-7.