ROCHESTER, N.Y. — No. 2 Washington-St. Louis saw its Division III record consecutive set streak come to an end but the Bears remained unbeaten on the year following a pair of 3-1 wins against No. 16 Chicago (22-25, 25-16, 25-14, 25-22) and Case Western Reserve (25-19, 25-14, 22-25, 25-20) at the second University Athletic Association (UAA) round robin of the season on Saturday.
Washington-St. Louis entered the weekend having won all 63 sets it played this season, but the Bears had that run snapped with a 25-22 loss in the opening set against Chicago. The Bears had an early lead against the Maroons, jumping in front 11-9 thanks to a pair of kills from sophomore middle hitter Kaia Schwartz. They pushed the advantage to 14-9 when senior middle hitter Lauren Budde blocked down an attack to complete a run of three consecutive Chicago attack errors.
However, the Maroons stormed back, tying the frame at 19-19 and winning six of the final nine points to come away with the three-point win. Washington-St. Louis hit just .125 as a team in the opening set, but the offense got back on track in the second, when the Bears tallied 14 kills while hitting a match-high .364.
No. 1 Calvin 3, Milikin 1
No. 1 Calvin 3, Illinois Wesleyan 0
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — No. 1 Calin defeated Millikin in four sets by scores of 25-21,18-25, 25-11, 25-12. The Big Blue snapped the Knights 35-set winning streak.
Three Knights recorded double-digit kills. Junior Lizzie Kamp, Senior Erin Vander Plas, and Rebecca Kamp recorded 14, 11, and 10 kills respectively. Kamp also added eight block assists in the game. Sophomore Megan Rietema dished out 46 assists in the match. Senior Kelly Gordon led the Knights recording 17 digs.
In its next match, Calvin defeated Midwest tournament host Illinois Wesleyan in consecutive sets (25-12, 25-19, 25-19).
Lizzie Kamp again led the Knights scoring 13 kills. Erin Vander Plas and senior Renee DeHaan recorded seven kills apiece. DeHaan also contributed six blocks. Megan Rietema dished out 34 assists, served four aces, and led the Knights with eight digs. Every defensive specialist recorded digs for Calvin.
No. 3 Emory 3, New York 0
No. 3 Emory 3, Carnegie Mellon 0
No. 3 Emory captured a pair of contests on the first day of action at the University Athletic Association Round Robin II in Rochester, N.Y. The Eagles bested New York 3-0 in their opening match before registering a 3-0 win against Carnegie Mellon. Emory now stands 26-2 overall, 5-0 in the UAA.
Senior Amelia McCall sparked the Emory effort on Saturday, coming away with a double-double in each match. McCall led all players with 13 kills and 12 digs against NYU before notching 12 kills and 10 digs in the Carnegie Mellon match. McCall hit .456 (25-4 — 46) in the two matches including a season-high .579 (12-1 — 19) against the Tartans.
Senior Jessica McAlvany chipped in nine kills and hit .412 (9-2 — 17) in the NYU match while junior Breanah Bourque had seven along with five total (1-4) blocks. Senior setter Natalie Schonefeld dished out 39 assists and contributed six kills and eight digs.
No. 4 Wittenburg 3, Kenyon 0
No. 4 Wittenburg 3, Denison 0
WOOSTER, Ohio — No. 4 Wittenburg continued its North Coast Athletic Conference tear, sweeping a pair of matches on Day 1 of the Power Weekend activities at Wooster.
The win against Kenyon came by set scores of 25-15, 25-9, 25-10. Sophomore Andrea Behling had 11 kills on just 12 attempts for a blistering .917 attack percentage. Freshman Meghan Vodopich was strong as well, finishing with four aces, five kills and 29 assists
Against Denison, the Tigers were victors by set scores of 25-13, 25-12, 25-16. Senior Kimmie Dyer led the offense with eight kills, while the defense got a lift from a pair of freshman. Ali Hock-James contributed three blocks and Kate Shoemaker had eight digs.