Notebook: Juniata Extends Streak
STREAKING: Second-ranked Juniata College extended its winning streak to 26 matches with wins over the Savannah College of Art & Design and No. 3 Emory on Oct. 29. The victory against Emory was the Eagles' seventh win over a team in the CSTV/American Volleyball Coaches Association poll this season.
Freshman Amber Thomas averaged 45.5 points and combined for 34 kills and 21 digs while hitting .344 in the two victories.
Juniata improved to 31-1, extending its streak of 30-win seasons to 26. The Eagles' only blemish on their record was a 3-1 loss to top-ranked Washington University (Mo.) on Sept. 16.
NATIONAL HONOR: Senior middle blocker Katie Smith garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Division III National Player of the Week after leading Greensboro College to wins in four matches last week.
Smith, a native of Colfax, N.C., posted a stellar .508 hitting percentage, while averaging 5.72 points, 4.69 kills, 1.31 blocks and 0.56 digs per game. She totaled 120 kills in the four matches, helping her break the school record for career kills.
The successful week propelled Greensboro to clinch the top seed in the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament.
NEW YORK STATE OF MIND: No. 4 New York University downed Ithaca College, 3-1, on Oct. 30 to win its third straight New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament.
Senior Katya Khmnlnitskava recorded her second double-double of the tournament with 56 assists and 10 digs against Ithaca on her way to Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Khmnlnitskava tallied 42 assists and 11 digs in the Violets' 3-0 win over Cortland State in the tournament's semifinals.
PERFECT 10: Colby College, the top-ranked team in the New England Region, wrapped up the New England Small College Athletic Conference regular season title with victories over Hamilton College and Williams College on Oct. 29.
The victories improved the Mules' record to 31-3 and 10-0 in the NESCAC as Colby reached the 30-win milestone for the first time in school history.
GETTING IT DONE: Senior middle blocker Natalie Danielson knocked down 22 kills to lead Whitworth College to a 3-1 over defending Northwest Conference champion Pacific Lutheran University on Oct. 29.
The victory secured the No. 19 Pirates at least a share of the NWC title, their third in the last five years, and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Danielson, a native of Kennewick, Wash., earned NWC Player of the Week honors for tallying 33 kills, seven blocks and a .342 hitting percentage in the Pirates' wins over PLU and the University of Puget Sound last week.
DIGGING IT: Senior libero Jenny Randall played stellar defense as she sparked UW-La Crosse to four wins at the UW-Oshkosh Invitational, including a 3-0 sweep of the No. 7 Titans on Oct. 29 to win the tournament title.
Randall posted 82 digs, an average of 5.47 per game, to garner the tournament's Most Valuable Player award as well as Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week. She pitched in 25 digs in the title match against UW-Oshkosh.
UW-La Crosse set a school record with 16 solo blocks in match against the Titans.