No. 4 Emory defeats No. 5 Eastern
Roundup: No. 2 Washington (Mo.) still flawless on season
ATLANTA -- No. 4 Emory finished off a perfect weekend with a pair of wins on the final day of action at the Doc Partin, defeating Birmingham Southern, 3-0 (25-17, 28-26, 25-15), and No. 5 Eastern, 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-23, 25-13). The Eagles took home first place honors at the Classic, posting a 4-0 record and in the process boosting its season mark to 7-1.
Against the Panthers of BSC, the Eagles finished with a .280 attack percentage (47-17-107) and used a strong defensive effort that held the visitors to .097 (27-17—103). Emory chalked up a 55-39 edge in digs and enjoyed a 10-5 cushion in total blocks. Senior Amelia McCall led all players with 18 kills, a .417 hitting percentage (18-3—36) and 16 digs. The Eagles spread out their offensive opportunities with 11 players recording kills in the match. Junior Alena Ransom was next up among the team's leaders in terminations with six put-aways.
No. 1 Calvin 3, Kalamzoo 0
No. 1 Calvin picked up a 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 victory against Kalamazoo in an MIAA contest at Van Noord Arena.
Calvin hit .494 as a team led by the sister tandem of Rebecca and Lizzie Kamp. Rebecca Kamp tallied 14 kills and an attack percentage of .684 while Lizzie Kamp had 11 kills and an attack percentage of .647.
Calvin also tallied 10 team blocks led by senior Renee DeHaan who chalked up six block assists. Lizzie Kamp and sophomore Kristi Zietse added seven digs apiece while sophomore setter Megan Rietema had 33 assists, one block solo and two block assists.
No. 2 Washington (Mo.) 3, No. 20 Wisconsin-Whitewater 0
No. 2 Washington (Mo.) 3, No. 6 Christopher Newport 0
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- No. 2 Washington (Mo.) endured its toughest test of the season but still pulled out a 3-0 victory over No. 6 Christopher Newport (25-17, 25-23, 25-20) in the WU/Asics National Invitational championship match at the Washington University Field House in St. Louis, Mo.
Earlier in the day Washington defeated No. 20 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-11), leaving the Bears with a perfect 10-0 mark through the first two weeks of the season without dropping a set in any match.
Senior middle hitter Lauren Budde, junior libero Kelly Pang and junior outside hitter Drew Hargrave were each named to the WU/Asics National Invitational All-Tournament Team for their roles in leading the Red and Green to a perfect weekend.
No. 3 Wittenburg 3, No.11 Heidelber 0
No. 3 Wittenburg 3, Thomas More 0
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- No. 3 Wittenberg put the finishing touches on a perfect weekend at Mount St. Joseph's Charlie Wrublewski Tournament with a pair of 3-0 wins against top Great Lakes Region rivals No. 11 Heidelberg and Thomas More.
Coupled with a 3-0 sweep of the host team on Friday, Wittenberg now stands 6-0 on the young season.
Against Heidelberg, the Tigers won the three sets by scores of 25-21, 25-18, 25-19. The offensive leaders were seniors Katie Sumner and Hannah Riley with nine kills apiece. Sumner attacked at a .380 clip. Defensively, senior Kimmie Dyer led with 13 digs, while Riley contributed 12.
No. 5 Eastern 3, Birmingham Southern 0
No. 5 Eastern 1, No. 4 Emory 3
ATLANTA--For the first time this season, No. 5 Eastern has experienced the agony of defeat. The Eagles succumbed to the No. 4 Emory University Eagles in four sets, 20-25, 26-24, 23-25, 13-25.
As a team, Eastern recorded a .162 hitting percentage while Emory notched a .320 hitting percentage for the match. "I can't believe the games were as close as they were with them hitting .320 and us hitting .162," Coach Mark Birtwistle said.
Prior to playing Emory, Eastern defeated Birmingham Southern, 25-15, 25-15, 25-21. Courtney Reinhold converted 15 kills with a .500 hitting percentage.