Nov. 10, 2009

By Amy Farnum

No. 11 Lewis University capped off the regular season with a perfect Great lakes Valley Conference mark as the Flyers swept Rockhurst, putting together a flawless league mark for the third time in program history.

Senior Sara deBuhr of Urbandale, Iowa, tallied her 1,000th career kill during the match, and finished off the night by knocking down a kill for the game-winning point of the third set.

"When Sara wants to she can step it up another notch and be that player that is basically unstoppable," said head coach Lorelee Smith. "One-thousand kills is very difficult and it shows how strong of an offensive weapon she is."

The Flyers, who also went unbeaten in 1988 and 1989, earned the right to host the GLVC Tournament, which begins on Nov. 13.  Lewis will face Saint Joseph’s in the quarterfinals.

No. 24 Wingate University stretched its winning streak to 19 straight matches with a pair of South Atlantic Conference victories last weekend as the Bulldogs remaining in the AVCA Division II Top 25 for the fourth straight week.  Wingate is the only team in league history to earn a Top 25 ranking.

The Bulldogs finished the SAC regular season slate with a 16-0 mark, coming from behind to top second-place Carson-Newman in five sets and downing Lincoln Memorial, 3-1, to claim their fourth straight regular season title and third consecutive undefeated league season.  Wingate has won 46 straight SAC matches, and has been on the winning end of 95 of their last 100 overall matches since 2007.  

Junior middle blocker Stormi Gale paces Wingate and the SAC with 3.77 kills per set, while ranking third in the league with a .304 hitting percentage. The two-time All-Region selection garnered SAC Player of the Week honors this week, winning the award for the fourth time this year.

Wingate takes their winning streak into the SAC Tournament beginning Nov. 13.  The Bulldogs will face eighth-seeded Brevard College.  Wingate has won three straight SAC Tournament titles.

Sixth-ranked West Texas A&M will host the Lone Star Conference Championship after capturing the regular season title with a perfect 13-0 record, losing just one set during the entire league season.  WTAMU will host the tournament in Canyon, Texas.

The Lady Buffs swept Eastern New Mexico on Nov. 5 to clinch the LSC title.  Freshman libero Lauren Beville was named the LSC Defensive Player of the Week after averaging 5.71 digs per game.  She needs just 38 digs to set the school season record.

All championship games matches will be aired live via Internet video streaming accessible through  The webcasts are available free of charge.  The Lady Buffs won last year’s tournament, fending off Abilene Christian in five sets.

  No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney completed its Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference schedule unbeaten (19-0) for the third time in school history with a 3-1 win over Colorado School of Mines on Nov. 7, earning the right to host the league championship for the eighth time. The Lopers (31-1) have won six RMAC Tournament titles with their last coming in 2007.  Last year, all of the four lower-seeded teams won in quarterfinal action, and fifth-seeded Regis advanced to win the championship.  The Lopers will face Western New Mexico as action gears up on Nov. 12 … It will come down to the final two regular season matches for Tampa and Saint Leo as both try to earn the Sunshine State Conference title this weekend.  Both squads have identical 13-1 league records.  Tampa takes on Eckerd on Nov. 10, and then hosts Barry on Nov. 14, while Saint Leo travels to Florida Southern (Nov. 10) and Nova Southeastern (Nov. 14).  Tampa owns the head-to-head tiebreaker if the teams finish deadlocked for first place … No. 16 Hawaii-Hilo has already wrapped up the Pacific West Conference title, finishing the regular season 25-1 and 15-1 in league action, to earn an automatic to the NCAA Division II West Regional.  The Vulcans must wait until selections are announced on Nov. 15 to find out their first round opponent.