Top 10 Preview
Two top-10 teams head to UAA round-robin tournament
No. 1 Calvin
After a win on Tuesday against Kalamazoo, No. 1 Calvin will travel to Albion this weekend.
On Tuesday, the top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team improved to 16-0 overall and to 8-0 in the MIAA with a 25-13, 25-21, 25-18 win at Kalamazoo.
No. 2 Hope
The Flying Dutch return to action this weekend. They travel to Alma on Friday for a match, then host Olivet on Saturday for homecoming at DeVos Fieldhouse Volleyball Court.
The second-ranked Hope volleyball rolled to its fourth consecutive win, defeating Albion on the road in three sets on Tuesday.
The Flying Dutch won 25-8, 25-14, 25-13 as they raised their overall record to 16-1 and their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association mark to 7-1.
No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.), No. 6 Elmhurst
St. Thomas (Minn.) (14-1 overall, 5-0 MIAC) is ranked No. 3 behind Calvin and Hope. The Tommies won 3-0 on the road Wednesday at St. Ben’s. Coach Thanh Pham’s team takes a 14-match winning streak into the Friday-Saturday Wartburg (Iowa) tournament. The Toms face Luther and Wartburg on Friday, and Coe and Elmhurst on Saturday.
No. 6 Elmhurst will face Bethel and Concordia-Moorhead on Friday and Wartburg and St. Thomas (Minn.) on Saturday.
No. 4 Emory, No. 9 Washington-St. Louis
Emory and Washington-St. Louis open University Athletic Association play this Saturday and Sunday when they take part in the conference's Round Robin I Tournament. The action will take place at the Horsburgh Gymnasium in the Veale Center on the campus of Case Western Reserve.
The Eagles will play three matches over the weekend, two on the opening day when they will tangle with Carnegie Mellon and NYU. On Sunday, Emory will take on host Case Western in a noon contest.
The No. 9 Bears take on Rochester and Brandeis on Saturday before facing No. 18 Chicago on Sunday.
No. 5 Cal Lutheran
The two top teams in the SCIAC, No. 5 Cal Lutheran and Chapman will face off on Friday evening.
Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira and Hayley Tamagni combined for 13 kills on 25 swings with just one error as CLU breezed past Redlands 3-0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-16) on Tuesday night. The Regals used 14 different players and had an attacking percentage of .344 in the victory. With the win, Cal Lutheran improved to 5-0 which is best in the SCIAC.
No. 7 Mount Union
No. 7 Mount Union returns to action on Saturday when they travel to Ada, Ohio, to take on Ohio Northern. Mount Union defeated Hiram 3-0 on Wednesday evening in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. The Purple Raiders improved to 20-0 on the season as the Terriers fell to 12-6.
In the 25-12, 25-18, 25-16 win, Mount Union was led by senior Taylor Webb who tallied nine kills and junior Lauren Mastroine who notched a game-high 25 digs. Freshman Allison Twining chipped in with six kills, eight digs and five blocks.
No. 8 Juniata
Juniata takes to the road for the first weekend of Landmark Conference play Saturday and Sunday in Selinsgrove, Pa. The Eagles will take on Scranton and Catholic on Saturday before facing Merchant Marine on Sunday.
Thursday, No. 8 Juniata gutted out a win against Geneva 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 22-21). The Eagles hit for a team .320-attack percentage on their way to improving to 16-1 on the season.
No. 10 St. Benedict (Minn.)
The Blazers will go on to take a break from MIAC play in the Saint Mary's Cardinal Invitational this Friday and Saturday in Winona, Minn. There, the Blazers will play three matches against Dubuque (Iowa), Central (Iowa) and Wisconsin-Eau Claire.