No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) will look to rebound from losses
No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.)
St. Thomas (Minn.) begins the weekend with a match against Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET before taking on Wisconsin-Stevens Point at 8 p.m. On Sunday, the Tommies will face Wartburg and then Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The No. 1-ranked Tommies bounced back from an opening-day five-set loss to Emory to record two victories last weekend at the Wittenberg tournament.
In the win against Wittenberg, Kelly Foley had 13 kills; Nicole Potts had 14 kills and eight digs; Greenfield had nine kills, 12 digs and four blocks; Reagan had 36 digs; Mackenzie Piechowski had seven blocks; Maddie Reese had 17 assists and two aces; and Sara Atkinson had nine kills.
No. 2 Calvin
Calvin returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Olivet.
The team moved to 5-0 overall and to 1-0 in league play with a 25-15, 25-9, 25-9 victory against visiting Albion on Tuesday night.
Calvin used 15 different players in the match and hit .430 as a team. Sophomore Maggie Kamp tallied 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .474 while junior Emily Crowe had nine kills, three block assists and a hitting percentage of .583.
Senior setter Megan Rietema was a catalyst for the Knights with eight kills, 33 assists and five digs. Senior libero Kristen Zietse chipped in with 15 digs.
No. 3 Wittenberg, No. 7 Washington-St. Louis
The No. 7-ranked Washington-St. Louis welcomes a pair of top-25 teams this weekend when the Bears host the WU/ASICS National Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The first match of the tournament features No. 21 Pacific Lutheran against No. 3 Wittenberg (1-2) on Friday. Washington-St. Louis (5-0) takes on Ohio Northern (4-0) at 7:30 p.m.
During Saturday's action, the Bears will face Pacific Lutheran, followed by a showdown with Wittenberg. Ohio Northern also takes on Wittenberg and Pacific Lutheran.
The Bears opened the season with five wins at home last weekend. All five of Pacific Lutheran and Wittenberg's losses came against teams ranked in the top-15 of the AVCA Division III Coaches' Poll. Saturday's matches mark the first two of five-consecutive matches against top-25 teams for the Bears.
A challenging opening weekend concluded on a down note as the Wittenberg Tigers dropped a 3-1 decision to defending national champion St. Thomas.
The Tigers were paced offensively by senior Andrea Behling with 15 kills to go along with 12 digs. Sophomore Kara Seidenstricker added 11 kills a team-best 16 digs, while freshman Emily Kahlig was strong in her first extended playing time, contributing 10 kills and a .389 attack percentage.
No. 4 Elmhurst
No. 5 Christopher Newport
Christopher Newport will be back in action on Friday when the Captains open the Washington & Lee Invitational with matches against Otterbein and Southern Virginia.
Christpher Newport capped off the Captains Classic by splitting its matches last Saturday afternoon as the Captains rolled past SUNY New Paltz 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-15) before falling to Edgewood 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 25-20).
Harper Smith and Rachel Conway both earned spots on the all-tournament team after helping lead Christopher Newport to a 3-1 record during the Classic. Smith led the Captains with 39 kills and seven aces while tying for the team lead with eight blocks. Conway helped pace the offensive attack with 70 assists. She also contributed seven blocks and three aces during the Captains' four matches.
No. 5 Hope
Hope opens the weekend at Olivet on Friday before taking on Trine and Chicago on Sunday.
Sixth-ranked Hope College posted its fifth sweep in as many tries this season, defeating Alma College in three games on Tuesday.
The Flying Dutch won their home opener 25-15, 25-23, 25-11. Junior Jenna Grasmeyer led the Flying Dutch with 19 kills and a .425 attack percentage. The outside hitter came within two kills of matching the school record for a three-set match she shares with Jacie Fiedler.
No. 8 Emory
Fresh off Wittenberg's Invitational last weekend, No. 8 Emory will head to Ashland, Virginia, to compete in the Randolph-Macon Invitational this weekend. The Eagles open their four-match schedule with a Friday afternoon contest against Hardin-Simmons. Following that match, Emory will battle Averett. On Saturday, the Eagles will take on Trinity, followed by Randolph-Macon.
Sophomore setter Sydney Miles was named the University Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week following her performance at the Wittenberg Invitational. Miles landed a spot on the all-tournament team after averaging 10.3 assists, 2.08 digs and 0.54 blocks per set in helping Emory to a 3-0 record.
No. 9 Puget Sound, No. 10 Cal Lutheran
Cal Lutheran (2-0) will host the 15-team Cal Lu Fornia Invitational this weekend. The Regals open the weekend with matches against UT-Dallas.
No. 9 Puget Sound will begin with matches against Chapman and then against Cal Lutheran on Friday. Saturday, the Loggers will play Claremont-Mudd Scripps before taking on La Verne.
Puget Sound finished off its home tournament with a Saturday split, losing to Calvin in three sets and defeating Pacific Lutheran in four. The ninth-ranked Loggers improved to 3-1 with wins against two ranked teams this weekend.