Emory takes two at Partin Classic
Roundup: No. 2 Washington-St. Louis sweeps pair of matches
ATLANTA -- No. 4 Emory closed out a successful first day of the Doc Partin Classic on Friday evening with a decisive 3-0 victory against No. 16 Trinity. The Eagles raised their record to 5-1 following the 25-14, 25-17, 18-15 win while the Tigers fell to 5-2. Emory swept past Wheaton earlier in the day by a 25-17, 25-18, 25-17 score.
After establishing a season-high in attack percentage against Wheaton in its opening match on Friday, Emory bettered that effort against Trinity, posting a hitting performance of .345 while limiting the Tigers to .086. The Eagles concluded the match with a big advantage in both digs (56-40) and total blocks (9-4).
Senior Amelia McCall keyed the Emory offensive effort on the day with 31 kills while junior Breanah Bourque tallied 23 kills and senior setter Natalie Schonefeld registered 63 assists for the Eagles in the two matches. Senior Jessica McAlvany led the defensive charge for Emory by collecting 25 digs on the afternoon.
No. 1 Calvin 3, St. Mary's 0
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Top-ranked Calvin knocked off St. Mary’s in consecutive sets by scores of 25-14, 25-20, 25-13 on Friday evening.
“Give credit to St. Mary’s. They are a very scrappy team, and played very well. That being said, we stayed composed despite having the ball come back over and over.” Calvin coach Amber Warners said after the match.
The Knights used a three-pronged attack to down the Belles. Senior Rebecca Kamp recorded 13 kills, senior Erin Vander Plas tallied 11 more, and junior Lizzie Kamp contributed 10 kills to Calvin's offensive attack. VanderPlas, Rebecca Kamp, and sophomore Megan Rietema all hit over a .500 clip. Rietema also dished out 36 assists. Calvin also saw a number of players contribute in the back row. Senior Kelly Peterson led the Knights with eight digs. Lizzie Kamp, Megan Rietema, and Jen Pluymert each had five digs. Freshmen Elise Biesboer added four digs to the Knights' defensive effort. Both teams had five total blocks.
No. 2 Washington-St. Louis 3, Ohio Northern 0
No. 2 Washington-St. Louis 3, No. 8 Carthage 0
ST. LOUIS -- Senior middle hitter Lauren Budde recorded double-digit kills in back-to-back matches to lead second-ranked Washington-St. Louis to a pair of sweeps against Ohio Northern, 25-14, 25-15, 25-19, and No. 8 Carthage, 25-13, 25-21, 25-20, on Friday night at the Washington University Field House.
Budde had 15 kills against just one error to hit .667 (15-1-21) in the three-set victory against Ohio Northern, also recording six digs and three service aces. She followed that up with her second double-double of the season, leading the Bears with 13 kills and a .423 hitting percentage to go along with 11 digs in the win against Carthage.
For the night she hits .532 with 28 kills, an average of 4.67 per set, with four service aces, 17 digs and a pair of blocks.
No. 3 Wittenberg 3, Mount Saint Joseph 0
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- No. 3 Wittenberg picked right up where they left off a week earlier, cruising past host Mount St. Joseph, 3-0, on the first day of the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament. The win moved the Tigers to 4-0 on the young season, heading into a busy second day of the competition.
Offensively, the Tigers picked up seven kills in just 14 attempts from senior Catherine Farny, who attacked from her right-side spot at a .500 clip.
Defensively, senior Katie Sumner led at the net with four blocks, while junior libero Christina Gilene added 15 digs patrolling the back court.
No. 5 Eastern 3, Faulkner 0
No. 5 Eastern 3, No. 16 Trinity (Texas) 0
ATLANTA -- No. 5 Eastern rolled past Faulkner 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 in its opening match on Friday afternoon before downing No. 16 Trinity 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 in the nightcap of the Doc Partin Classic. The Eagles continue play on Saturday with a pair of matches -- first against Birmingham Southern before closing out the weekend by battling tournament host and No. 4 Emory.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.