ANGOLA, Ind. — No. 1 Calvin looked to win its fifth consecutive conference match Saturday. Trine gave a strong effort but the Knights pulled out a three-set victory (25-17, 28-26, 25-21).
All three sets started out tight. After the first 20 points in each set, the score was tied at ten. Calvin pulled away in the first set behind service runs from sophomore Megan Rietema and junior Jen Pluymert. Set number two saw the Knights coming back from a 20-15 to tie the score at 24-24. Trine’s lone set point came at 26-25 when freshmen Jordan Bell’s serve went into the net. Calvin used a service run from junior Lizzie Kamp to jump out to a 17-12 lead and never looked back.
No. 3 Wittenberg 3, Ohio Wesleyan 0
No. 3 Wittenberg 3, Hiram 0
GAMBIER, Ohio — Wittenberg took no chances on the opening day of 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) action, handily defeating Ohio Wesleyan and Hiram in a pair of matches played at Kenyon College.
Both matches were decided by 3-0 margins, and the Tigers did not allow either opponent to reach 20 points in a set.
The wins improved the third-ranked Tigers to 10-1 on the season and 2-0 in the NCAC, heading into two more conference tilts on Sunday, also at Kenyon.
No. 4 Emory 3, Martin-Methodist 1
No. 4 Emory 3, Berry 0
ATLANTA – On an afternoon that saw senior Natalie Schonefeld become Emory’s all-time leader in assists, the No. 4-ranked Eagles ran their win streak to 16 matches after posting a pair of Saturday wins on the final day of the Emory Homecoming Tournament. Emory opened play with a 3-1 win against Martin-Methodist (24-26, 25-22, 25-16, 25-18) before claiming a 3-0 decision against Berry (25-20, 25-10, 25-17). Emory now stands 17-1 on the year.
Schonefeld, who entered the day with 4,860 assists, needed 19 to surpass Amy Shapiro’s previous standard of 4,878, and she accomplished that in the second set in the Berry match. She totaled 34 assists in the sweep of the Vikings and will take a total of 4,894 into next weekend’s UAA Round Robin I in St. Louis. Schonefeld’s deft setting helped the Eagles hit a season high .378 (47-10—98), the squad’s sixth outing of .300 or higher this year. Senior Amelia McCall and junior Breanah Bourque combined for 30 of the Eagles’ 47 terminations with each picking up 15 kills. Freshman Cami Silverman keyed a solid defensive effort that limited the opposition to just a .139 hitting percentage by totaling a team-high 12 digs.
No. 5 Eastern 3, Hunter 0
No. 5 Eastern 3, Gettysburg 0
NEW YORK — Eastern rolled through the final matches to win the NYU Violet Classic without dropping a set. Senior three-time All-Americans Courtney Reinhold and Maria Horning earned All-Tournament recognition for the event.
The No. 5 Eagles (15-1) blasted Hunter College 25-9, 25-7, 25-12 in the opener, and beat Gettysburg in three for the second time this season in the second game. They won the Gettysburg match 25-14, 25-10, 25-15. With Horning running the show, the Eastern offense clipped along at a steady .417 hitting percentage for the day.