No. 1 Calvin tops No. 3 Wittenberg
Roundup: No. 4 Emory sweeps doubleheader
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Top-ranked Calvin rallied to defeat third-ranked Wittenberg in an epic five-set match. The Knights, who beat Wittenberg in a 2010 NCAA Division III regional championship match on the same floor, improved to 9-0 on season with wins against Mount St. Joseph and the Tigers. After beating 13th-ranked Hope earlier in the day, Wittenberg suffered its first loss of the campaign to drop to 7-1.
The marquee match-up started out well enough for Wittenberg, which comfortably won the opening set, 25-18. However, after taking a 20-14 lead in the second set, the Tigers were unable to pull away from the Knights, yielding six straight points before being forced to rally themselves just to stay in the set. Calvin finally evened the match with three consecutive points to win 31-29.
Wittenberg again appeared to gain control in the third set, pulling ahead by the same 20-14 score but this time allowing Calvin to get no closer than three points the rest of the way. With the match in the balance in the fourth set, the Knights jumped out to leads as large as five points before the Tigers made a tremendous rally of their own, scoring four straight points to even it as 24-24. However, Calvin gained the upper hand the rest of the way and ended the set with back-to-back kills from All-American Lizzie Kamp to win 29-27.
No. 2 Washington-St. Louis 3, No. 9 Juniata 0
No. 2 Washington-St. Louis 3, No. 12 Colorado College 0
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Second-ranked Washington University in St. Louis ran its record to 12-0 with a pair of sweeps against No. 9 Juniata College (25-16, 25-13, 25-18) and No. 12 Colorado College (25-19, 25-20, 26-24) on Friday night at the Molten Colorado College Invitational.
In addition to winning their first 12 matches of the season the Bears have also set a new all-time best mark to start the season, as the Red and Green have yet to drop a set. The previous hottest start to any campaign came in 1998 when the Bears blanked their first 11 opponents before dropping their first set in a 3-1 victory against Elmhurst.
Washington U., which was hitting the road for the first time this season, returned to Colorado Springs for the first time since 2002, when it opened the season with four wins at Colorado College. Friday’s first match-up saw the Bears square off with rival Juniata, but Washington University was able to extend its winning streak over the Eagles to four in a row and improve its all-time mark against Juniata to 19-13
No. 3 Wittenberg 3, No. 13 Hope 0
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Against Hope, the Wittenberg dominated by scores of 25-17, 25-18, 25-22. The setting tandem of Meghan Vodopich and junior Hallie Donathan finished with 17 assists apiece, with Dyer and junior Jessica Batanian being the most frequent targets with 10 kills apiece. Christina Gilene was high with 16 digs and Sumner led with three blocks.
No. 4 Emory 3, Claremont-Mudd Scripps 0
No. 4 Emory 3, Pomona-Pitzer 0
THOUSAND OAKS, Cali. -- Emory ran its win streak 10 matches Friday evening as it recorded a pair of wins against West Coast competition. The Eagles opened the evening with a 3-0 decision (25-18, 25-16, 25-19) against Claremont-Mudd Scripps before registering a 3-0 verdict (25-12, 25-23, 25-21) against Pomona-Pitzer. The two triumphs boosted the No. 4-ranked Eagles record to 11-1.
Junior middle Alex Duhl went on an offensive tear against CMS, registering 11 kills, tying her second-highest career total, with no errors in 15 attempts. Her .733 attack percentage was the 10th-highest match effort in school history. Senior Amelia McCall topped all players with 14 kills while senior Jessica McAlvany and junior Breanah Bourque totaled nine and seven, respectively. Senior setter Natalie Schonefeld turned in a strong all-around effort with 37 assists, a season-high 16 digs and four block assists. Emory finished the contest with a .315 hitting percentage while coming through with another solid defensive outing, hold CMS to just .084 percent. The Eagles held a 73-63 edge in digs and finished with a 10.5-4.0 bulge in total blocks.
In the nightcap, all 19 players who dressed got into the match with freshman Kate Bowman topping the squad with 11 kills and classmate Cami Silverman chalking up seven terminations. Sophomore Molly Landers totaled a team-best 12 digs while freshman Leah Jacobs helped the defensive effort with five block assists. Emory hit .193 for the match and held the Sagehens to .000, the seventh time in the last eight matches that it had limited an opponent to a hitting percentage of .100 or less. The Eagles compiled a 65-57 margin in digs and held a 12.5-10 advantage in digs.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.