Washington (Mo.) sweeps a pair
Roundup: No. 5 Eastern takes a pair and picks up tenth win
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Senior middle hitter Lauren Budde notched the 1,000th kill of her career as Washington University in St. Louis picked up 3-0 victories against Concordia -Moorhead (25-20, 25-17, 25-19) and Endicott (25-10, 25-22, 25-10) to win the Molten Colorado College Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Budde entered the day needing just eight kills to reach 1,000 and she did not take very long to reach the milestone. Behind six kills from Budde the Bears opened with a 25-20 win against Concordia-Moorhead, leaving her just two shy of 1,000.
The first set turned on a 3-0 scoring run from Washington U. to break a 12-12 tie. Junior setter Marilee Fisher notched a kill and an ace on consecutive plays and Budde blocked down an Ashley Beseman attack to put the Bears in front for good.
Budde’s 1,000th kill came on the fourth point of the second set, as Fisher found her with a pass on a slide to the right side that she pounded through Concordia’s late arriving block. She finished the match with 14 kills while hitting .367 with eight digs and five total blocks.
No. 1 Calvin 3, No. 11 Heidelberg 1
No. 1 Calvin 3, Ohio Northern 0
SPRINGFIELD, OH - Calvin College looked to continue its season without blemish. The Knights had made it through the first day of the Great Lakes Regional Challenge which included a thrilling five-set victory against the third-ranked Wittenberg Tigers. Calvin avoided the let down, and returned to Grand Rapids with a 4-0 record.
The Knights first opponent of the day was the Heidelberg Student Princes; a very familiar opponent for Calvin. A year ago, “The Berg” defeated Calvin in five sets at this very same tournament before falling to Calvin in the regional semifinal. Despite some uncharacteristic communication errors, the top-ranked Knights defeated the Student Princes in four sets by scores of 25-11, 27-25, 19-25, 25-18.
Calvin was led by front row seniors Rebecca Kamp and Erin VanderPlas who had 15 and 10 kills respectively. Sophomore Megan Rietema dished out 38 assists. Senior libero Kelly Peterson led the Knights with 11 digs.
Stepping it up is exactly what the Knights did. The Polar Bears of Ohio Northern provided little resistance for the Knights. Calvin defeated Ohio Northern in straight sets by scores of 25-14, 25-19, 25-16.
Rebecca Kamp led everyone with 15 kills. Erin Vander Plas and junior Lizzie Kamp each notched seven kills. Megan Rietema dished out 35 assists while Kelly Peterson added 14 digs. Calvin had a season high ten team aces; three from the arm of junior Julia Hilbrands.
No. 3 Wittenberg 3, Bluffton 0
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Wittenberg Tigers put the finishing touches on a busy weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Bluffton in the final match of the Great Lakes Regional Challenge.
The Tigers, ranked third nationally, finished 2-1 in the competition and improved to 8-1 overall on the 2011 season. Top-ranked defending national champion Calvin was the lone team to escape the tournament, which featured four nationally ranked teams, without a loss. The Knights rallied to beat Wittenberg 3-2 on Friday and ended the weekend a perfect 4-0.
No. 11 Heidelberg finished 3-1, with its lone defeat coming against Calvin, and 13th-ranked Hope wound up 2-2, with losses to Wittenberg and Heidelberg. Alma was also 3-1, although the Scots faced just one ranked opponent, losing to Heidelberg. Mount St. Joseph, Ohio Northern and Bluffton all finished the weekend 0-3.
No. 4 Emory 3, Champman 0
No. 4 Emory 3, No. 14 Cal Lutheran 1
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Emory ran its win streak 12 matches on Saturday as it came away with a pair of well-earned triumphs. The Eagles opened the day with a 3-0 decision (25-17, 25-15, 25-14) against Chapman University before registering a grind-it-out 3-1 verdict overCal Lutheran (25-20, 25-22, 29-31, 25-20).
Emory spread out its offensive attack in the Chapman bout with senior Amelia McCall totaling a squad-high 11 terminations. Juniors Alex Duhl and Breanah Bourque each chipped in nine kills with Duhl finishing with a .571 hitting percentage (9-1—14) along with eight total blocks (1-7). The Eagles posted an attack percentage of .295 (44-13—105) while limiting the Panthers to .037 (24-20—108). Emory enjoyed a 57-41 cushion in digs, led by McCall's 12, and recorded a 10.5-1.0 bulge in total blocks.
In a rematch of last year's Atlanta Regional, the Eagles and Regals once again put on an entertaining match. Playing on Cal Lutheran's home floor, Emory hit .262 (64-22—160) and was paced by McCall's 16 kills. Juniors Breanah Bourque and Alena Ransom were sharp as each player racked up 13 terminations with Bourque hitting .448 (13-0—29) and Ransom .500 (13-2—22). Junior setter Natalie Schonefeld doled out 53 assists and topped the squad with 18 digs.
No. 5 Eastern 3, Franklin & Marshall 1
No. 5 Eastern 3, Moravian 0
ST. DAVIDS, Pa.-- Eastern defended their home court with two wins Saturday, knocking off both Franklin & Marshall and Moravian.
Franklin & Marshall posed more of a challenge to the Eagles, taking them to a four-game match. However, Eastern prevailed 25-15, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18.
Coach Mark Birtwistle said that Franklin & Marshall is definitely a better team than their record shows. He said that while the Diplomats were playing well, his players weren't exactly taking care of their individual responsibilities in the third and fourth sets. He noted that the Diplomats frustrated them a little and they lost their aggressive edge.
He encouraged his team to not just expect to win, but to go out and prove that they can win.
After dropping the third set by eight points, Eastern bounced back in the fourth set with two service aces by Maria Horning. The lead bounced back and forth between the teams and the game was tied at 14-14. The Eagles widened the gap and finished the game with a seven-point victory.
In the afternoon match, the Eagles topped the Moravian Greyhounds in three sets, 25-14, 25-9, 25-15.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.