ATLANTA — It was a memorable day for Emory coach Jenny McDowell as she posted her 500th career win Saturday afternoon after the Eagles came away with a pair of wins. Emory opened the day with a 3-0 decision (25-18, 25-15, 25-19) against Lynchburg before closing out a 4-0 weekend with an impressive 3-0 verdict against Maryville (25-14, 25-15, 25-6). Emory has won its last 23 matches and stands at 24-1 on the year.
Against Lynchburg, the Eagles posted a .276 hitting percentage (37-13—87) compared to the Hornets’ mark of .011 (26-25—94). The Eagles totaled a 37-32 advantage in digs and registered a 10-2 bulge in total blocks. Senior Amelia McCall and junior Breanah Bourque tied for match honors with 12 kills with Bourque registering an impressive .625 attacking percentage (12-2—16). Junior Alex Duhl was a solid defensive presence at the net with six (2-4) total blocks while Bourque contributed four (2-2) blocks.
With McDowell perched at 499 victories, the Eagles made sure that she brought home No. 500 with an impressive offensive display that saw them hit .412 (41-8—80). Bourque dominated play, coming up with 12 terminations and just one error in 13 attempts for an .846 hitting percentage. In addition, she topped all performers with seven total blocks (3-4). McCall hit a solid .391 (10-1—23) with her kills total her eighth double-figure effort in the last nine outings. McCall also led all players with nine digs. Also playing key roles in the win were senior Jessica McAlvany with eight kills and freshman Dana Holt with four service aces.
The 23 consecutive wins ties the 1994 teams for the school record. Emory has also captured its last 21 home matches and claims a 58-3 win-loss slate in games played at the Woodruff PE Center since 2008.
No. 1 Calvin 3, Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 0
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — No. 1 Calvin played host to St. Mary’s (Ind.) on Saturday afternoon in a matchup of two teams in the top half of the MIAA. Calvin defeated the Belles in consecutive sets by scores of 25-18, 25-15, 25-13, keeping its perfect season record intact.
Calvin jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the first set. The Knights were able to hold the lead despite the Belle’s hitting a .452 clip in the first set. The second set was very hotly contested from the start. Using a couple of mini service runs from junior Lizzie Kamp, the Knights built a 15-10 lead and never looked back. The third set was much like the first. Using a service run from junior Kelly Gordon (South Christian HS), Calvin built a 7-1 lead and only expanded that lead en route to the three set victory.
Lizzie Kamp and her senior sister Rebecca Kamp led the way for Calvin on offense. They recorded 14 and 11 kills respectively. Fellow seniors Renee DeHaan and Erin VanderPlas scored seven kills apiece.
The Knights recorded a season 45 digs. Sophomore Kristi Zietse led the way for Calvin with nine digs. Senior Kelly Peterson added eight digs of her own. Sophomore Megan Rietema added eight digs along with dishing out 40 assists. Calvin out-blocked St. Mary’s as a team five to two.
No. 2 Washington (Mo.) 3, Lindenwood 0 — Full Recap
No. 2 Washington (Mo.) 3, Culver-Stockton 0 — Full Recap
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — No. 2 Washington (Mo.) set a new Division III record for consecutive set victories in a 3-0 win against Lindenwood (25-13, 25-17, 25-16) at the Washington University Invitational on Saturday morning in St. Louis, Mo.
The Bears also picked up a 3-0 win against Culver-Stockton (25-12, 25-17, 26-24) in the WU Invitational finale to improve to 21-0 overall and a perfect 63-0 in sets. Wisconsin-Oshkosh established the previous Division III record of 57-consecutive sets during the 2007 season.
Washington’s school record of 48 sets in arow stood for 15 years after being set during the 1996 season. The Bears achieved the new school record with a sweep of New York University last weekend at the first University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin.
The record was officially broken with the 25-13 opening set victory against Lindenwood. Thanks to a strong serving run from junior libero Kelly Pang that included a pair of aces, the Bears jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back. Senior middle hitter Lauren Budde had seven kills in the opening-set on her way to a match-high tally of 14.
No. 4 Wittenberg 3, Wooster 0
No. 4 Wittenberg 3, Alderson-Broaddus 0
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — No. 4 Wittenberg swept both ends of a Saturday doubleheader for wins over tough North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) opponent Wooster and NCAA Division II scholarship program Alderson-Broaddus, improving to 19-2 and 8-0 in the NCAC.
In the opening match, the Fighting Scots initially provided some stiff resistance to keep it close in a 25-18 first set decision, but the Tigers got rolling and won the remaining sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-9. Wittenberg, ranked fourth nationally in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, remains alone in first place in the NCAC.
The Tiger attack featured senior hitter Kimmie Dyer (Copley, Ohio/Copley) at center stage with 19 kills, two short of her season high of 21 in five sets against Otterbein on Oct. 1. Dyer paced an offense that put up 39 total kills on a team attack percentage of .326.
Dyer finished the match with an impressive hitting percentage of .548, committing just two errors in 31 attempts. Dyer now owns the top four individual kill totals on the season for the Tigers.
No. 5 Eastern 3, Cabrini 0
ST. DAVIDS, Pa.– No. 5 Eastern celebrated homecoming Saturday with a 3-0 win against Eagle Road rival Cabrini. The choice of opponent was fitting as the volleyball program welcomed back alumnae from many of the teams that won 10 consecutive PAC Championships. Led by Courtney Reinhold’s game-high 16 kills, the Eagles hit an impressive .410 in the winning effort.
Reinhold buried three consecutive kills to help the home side build an 8-1 lead in the opening set. Fellow All-American Maria Horning jumped into the act midway through the set with three kills of her own to build the Eastern lead to 20-6 and force a Cabrini timeout. Horning finished the match with four kills and 40 assists. Eastern won the opening set 25-11.
The Eagles (20-1) jumped out to an early lead in the second set, but the Cavaliers (12-9) battled back to take a lead at 11-10. A Cabrini service error and kills from Reinhold and Rachel Wenger put the Eagles back in control of the set. Wenger, a middle hitter, converted five kills on only eight swings and also tallied three blocks. Strong passing and solid serving propelled the Eagles to a 25-22 win in the second set.
The Eagles never trailed on the way to a 25-15 win in the final set. With blood in the water, the Eastern hitters pounded 16 kills with only a single error for a .556 hitting percentage. Katrina Pisch pounded the the penultimate kill before Horning dropped a tip on the line to end the match. Pisch hit .500 for the match with nine kills and three blocks.
Kelly Groff paced the Eastern defense with a match-best 19 digs. Danielle Carrozza had seven kills to lead Cabrini.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.