Washington-St. Louis ties record
Roundup: Calvin coach wins No. 300; Wittenberg tops DII teams
ST. LOUIS -- No. 2 Washington-St. Louis tied the Division III record by winning its 57th-consecutive set with a pair of sweeps against Fontbonne (25-7, 25-8, 25-19) and Millikin (25-13, 25-22, 25-22) at the Washington University Invitational on Friday night.
The Bears hit better than .400 in each of the first two sets against Fontbonne to jump out to a 2-0 lead against the Griffins. Junior setter Marilee Fisher and senior middle hitter Lauren Budde each had four kills in the opening-set win, and junior libero Kelly Pang added three service aces.
Sophomore outside hitter Meghan Byrne, sophomore right side Emily Tulloch and sophomore setter Megan Odenthal each had three kills in the second-set to pace the Bears to a 17-point win, but the Red and Green had to come from behind to win the decisive third.
No. 1 Calvin 3, Albion 0
ALBION, Mich, -- No. 1 Calvin gave coach Amber Warners the 300th victory of her collegiate coaching career Friday night at Albion as the Knights defeated the Britons 25-8, 25-15, 25-14.
Calvin featured a balanced attack with six players credited with four kills or more. The Knights .344 as a team and improved to 17-0 overall and 9-0 in the MIAA.
Lizzie Kamp led the charge with five kills and eight assists. Emily Crowe contributed five kills herself to go along with seven assits.
No. 3 Emory 3, Piedmont 0
No. 3 Emory 3, Ohio Northern 0
No. 3 Emory extended its winning streak to 21 matches Friday evening as it topped Piedmont 3-0 (25-14, 25-19) and Ohio Northern 3-0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-15). The two wins boosted the Eagles' record to 22-1.
In the opener against Piedmont, Emory recorded a .254 attack percentage (46-17--114). The Eagles also enjoyed a decided 55-37 edge in digs. Senior Amelia McCall topped the team's offensive attack with 12 kills and classmate Jessica McAlvany had 10. Junior Alena Ransom made the most of her hitting opportunities, blasting away for a .700 hitting percentage with seven kills and no errors in 10 attempts. Senior setter Natalie Schonefeld doled out 37 assists and chipped in four digs. Sparking the strong defensive effort was sophomore Molly Landers with 14 digs.
Emory's offense was in high gear against Ohio Northern, as it hammered out a .519 hitting percentage. McCall again topped the club in kills with 15, her sixth double-figure effort in the past seven outings and 15th of the season. Bourque totaled eight kills en route to a .571 hitting mark (8-0--14) while McAlvany added seven. The Eagles finished with a 30-22 advantage in digs, with Landers leading the team with eight, and also totaled a 6-1 advantage in blocks.
No. 4 Wittenberg 3, Urbana 0
No. 4 Wittenberg 3, Fairmont State 0
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Wittenberg made short work of a pair of NCAA Division II programs, defeating visiting Urbana and Fairmont State on Friday. Wittenberg, ranked fourth nationally in NCAA Division III, improved 17-2 on the 2011 season.
Against Urbana, the Tigers won by scores of 25-12, 25-8, 25-7 while giving most of the players on the roster court time. The offense was paced by senior Christine Simpson with 11 kills and a .381 attack percentage, while freshman Meghan Vodopich dished out 28 assists. Also, senior Kimmie Dyer led both teams in digs with 14 and piled up a staggering eight service aces.
Wittenberg then added set wins against Fairmont State 25-10, 25-10, 25-18. Junior Jessica Batanian paced the offense with 10 kills, while junior Hallie Donathan handed out 19 assists.
Four players reached double figures in digs, led by junior Christina Gilene with 16 and Batanian with 15.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.