Top-five battle becomes lopsided
Roundup: No. 3 Wash.-St. Louis blows by No. 4 Eastern in three
ST. LOUIS -- No. 4 Eastern put up a great fight against No. 3 Washington-St. Louis Friday night, but the Eagles' quest fell short as Washington-St. Louis won out in three sets 25-18, 27-25, 25-23. The loss snapped Eastern's 21-game win streak that dated back to Sept. 10 when the Eagles lost to current No. 2 Emory.
Courtney Reinhold had a match-high 18 kills in the setback. Kearby Benak added eight kills and led the Eagles with 11 digs while Lauren Sproles contributed nine kills.
As a team, the Eagles hit .250 while the Bears recorded a .346 hitting percentage.
Earlier in the day, Eastern held off Mount St. Joseph, defeating the Lions in four sets 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-11.
No. 1 Calvin 3, Hope 1
HOLLAND, Mich. -- No. 1 Calvin completed a regular-season sweep of archrival Hope on Friday night with a four-set victory 22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 26-24 in front of 2,163 fans. With the win, Calvin wrapped up its 18th MIAA regular-season title, its fourth under head coach Amber Warners and its first outright league title since 2007. In addition, Calvin clinched the top seed for the four-team MIAA Tournament.
“We have players with really good heads on their shoulders. They don’t take things too seriously and focus on winning the next point,” Warners said.
Rebecca Kamp led the way for the Knights, pounding down 16 kills on .351 hitting while adding five block assists. Calvin had 10.0 team blocks, holding Hope to .106 hitting on the night. Hope hit .182 in the opening frame, a 25-22 victory, but then was held below .100 in each of the second and third sets as the Knights got rolling.
“[Coming from behind] takes a mentality,” Lizzie Kamp said. “Everyone has to be all in and that is what’s special about our team.”
No. 2 Emory 3, Washington & Lee 0
No. 2 Emory 3, No. 12 Juniata 0
ATLANTA -- No. 2-ranked Emory ran its win streak to seven matches on Friday following a pair of victories on the first day of the Emory National Invitational. The Eagles opened with a 3-0 verdict (25-15, 25-14, 25-15) against region foe Washington & Lee before treating a Senior Night crowd to an impressive performance in 3-0 triumph against No. 12 Juniata (25-15, 25-14, 25-10). Emory now stands 31-2 on the campaign.
Emory hit .240 (38-13--104) in the Washington & Lee match and used a strong defensive effort that limited the Generals to a .000 mark (22-22--110). Senior Amelia McAll and junior Breanah Bourque each rang up attack percentages of topping .300 with McCall posting a team-high 12 terminations and Bourque registering a .364 mark on the strength of 11 kills. Sophomore Molly Landers led all players with 21 digs in helping Emory to a 55-45 advantage in that category.
Emory trailed on just two occasions, both times early in the first set, during the entire Juniata contest and finished with a .340 attack percentage (42-10--94) while holding the visitors to a -.054 mark (14-19--93). Head Coach Jenny McDowell saw her squad register a 50-39 edge in digs and finish with a 6-2 margin in total blocks.
Four players totaled seven or more kills for the victors, led by the junior duo of Alex Duhl and Bourque who each registered nine kills. Bourque hit .571 (9-1--14) in the contest, the ninth time in her last 10 outings she has hit .400 or higher while Duhl notched a .467 attack percentage (9-2--15).
No. 3 Washington-St. Louis 3, Concordia (Ill.) 0
Lauren Budde led Washington U. with 12 digs and hit .370 (12-2-27) in the 25-13, 25-11, 25-15 win
Junior Drew Hargrave added nine kills, sophomore Meghan Byrne had eight, and junior Marilee Fisher dished out 37 assists. Junior Kelly Pang led the defensive effort with 16 digs.
The Bears hit .330 (44-11-100) in the victory, including .452 in set one.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.