No. 4 Emory beats No. 16 Chicago
Roundup: No. 5 Eastern’s Reinhold breaks school kills record
No. 4 Emory had its hands full Saturday morning in its University Athletic Association Round Robin I opening match, but rallied to defeat No. 16 Chicago. The Eagles boosted their overall record to 18-1 following an exciting 3-2 win (25-21, 20-25, 18-25, 25-16, 15-8) against the Maroons who fell to 16-2.
Senior Amelia McCall led the offensive attack with 15 kills. She was followed by junior Breanah Bourque and senior Jessica McAlvany with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Bourque also contributed four block assists while McAlvany doled out four service aces. Senior setter Natalie Schonefeld dished out 45 assists.
Defensively, Schonefeld totaled 13 digs and sophomore Molly Landers had 10.
No. 4 Emory 3, Rochester 0
No. 4 Emory closed out the first day of the Round Robin I by sweeping Rochester. The Eagles notched their 18th consecutive win and improved their overall record to 19-1 following a 25-15, 25-19, 25-23 decision against the Yellowjackets who fell to 12-8.
Junior Breanah Borque led a balanced offensive attack with a team-high 10 kills while senior Amelia McCall had 8. Senior setter Natalie Schonefeld dished out 33 assists. Schonefeld's 78 assists on the day boosted her career total to 4,972, just 28 shy of reaching the 5,000 plateau.
No. 2 Washington-St. Louis 3, Carnegie Mellon 0
No. 2 Washington-St. Louis 3, Brandeis 0
ST. LOUIS -- No. 2 Washington-St. Louis extended its unbeaten streak to 16 with a pair of sweeps against Carnegie Mellon (25-23, 25-7, 25-17) and Brandeis (25-12, 25-12, 25-19).
Senior Lauren Budde paced the offense with 15 kills while hitting .522 against Carnegie Mellon and followed that up with an 18-kill performance, including 10 in the second set, against Brandeis.
Junior Kelly Pang led the Bears with 14 digs against Carnegie Mellon and tallied eight more in the first set against Brandeis.
No. 3 Wittenberg 3, Oberlin 0
Otterbein 3, No. 3 Wittenberg 2
SPRINGFIELD/WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Wittenberg got off to a perfect start to a busy day with a 3-0 sweep of visiting Oberlin, but they were unable to keep the momentum going with a 3-2 loss at Otterbein later in the day.
The third-ranked Tigers are now 14-2 overall and 6-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) with the split, while Oberlin fell to 0-16 overall and 0-6 in the conference. Otterbein, coached by former Wittenberg All-American Monica McDonald, class of 2004, improved to 16-4.
Wittenberg's attack percentage against Oberlin was a stellar .450, despite the fact that many of the Tigers' starters rested. Wittenberg recorded 34 kills against seven errors in just 60 attack attempts in a 25-9, 25-11, 25-9 victory.
Against Otterbein, the Tiger offense continued to click, pounding out 73 kills against just 16 errors on 184 attack attempts, good for a .310 percentage. Otterbein was credited with the same 184 attack attempts but a much lower .223 success rate. Wittenberg was especially efficient in the first and third sets, committing just one attack error in winning 25-17 and 25-14.
However, Otterbein bounced back from each lopsided defeat, taking the second set 25-14 and the fourth 26-24, even after the Tigers had rallied from four points down late in the set. In the fifth, the Cardinals jumped out to a 6-2 advantage and then put the match away with a clutch four-point run that turned a 9-7 lead into a 13-7 cushion.
No. 5 Eastern 3, Elizabethtown 0
No. 5 Eastern 3, Lebanon Valley 0
ST. DAVIDS, Pa.-- Courtney Reinhold shattered Eastern University’s all-time career kills record Saturday with a fulminating spike from the left side of the court for her 1,799th kill in a sweep against Lebanon Valley Saturday evening.
"It was great," Reinhold said about the milestone. "I've been working the past four years trying to the best I can, not only for myself and my family, but also for my team. It's a great accomplishment, but I couldn't have done it without all of them. I want to thank Maria [Horning], she's been great the past four years; I couldn't have done it without her."
Reinhold finished with 12 kills in the match against Lebanon Valley, leading the Eagles to a 25-15, 25-17, 25-17 win. Kearby Benak also recorded double-digit kills, with 11. Rachel Wenger hit .500 with seven kills.
Eastern University volleyball started the home MAC crossover tournament with a 25-10, 25-17, 25-20 win against Elizabethtown Saturday morning.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites