Top 10 Roundup
Tommies' 35-game winning streak snapped
Friday: No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, No. 8 Emory 2
The comeback bid fell short on Friday for the No. 1-ranked Tommies in a 3-2 loss to No. 8-ranked Emory at the Wittenberg tournament. The Eagles bested the Tommies, 25-22, 25-20, 20-25, 16-25, 15-11.
That snapped a 35-match winning streak for the Tommies. St. Thomas (Minn.) lost 3-2 to Emory in the second weekend of the 2012 season before running the table the rest of the year.
Junior Leah Jacob led of trio of Emory players who recorded double-figure kills with a career-high 16 terminations while freshman Jessica Holler totaled 14 successful attack attempts. Junior Kate Bowman picked up 13 kills and chipped in 14 digs.
Saturday: No. 2 Calvin 3, No. 9 Puget Sound 0
No. 2 Calvin’s win against Puget Sound came by scores of 25-17, 25-22, 25-19. It marked Calvin’s third victory of the year against a nationally-ranked team as Puget Sound entered the match ranked ninth nationally.
Junior Emily Crowe led the Calvin attack against Puget Sound with 10 kills and an attack percentage of .474. Sophomore Maggie Kamp and junior Stacey Kamp had seven and six kills, respectively. Senior setter Megan Rietema added 29 assists, 14 digs and seven kills. Senior Kristen Zietse had a match-high 19 digs while junior Elise Biesboer chipped in with 13 digs. Freshman Laura Danhoff also contributed five block assists.
No. 2 Calvin 3, Whitman 0
Against Whitman, Calvin won by scores of 25-21, 25-15, 25-19.
Maggie Kamp had a career-high 19 kills in the win including a hitting percentage of .562. Rietema had 33 assists and five block assists and Zietse 13 digs.
Friday: No. 2 Calvin 3, No. 15 Wartburg 1
Calvin opened the day with a 17-25, 25-11, 25-15, 25-20 victory against 15th-ranked Wartburg. Calvin picked up 12 kills, 32 assists and six digs from senior setter Megan Rietema. Juniors Emily Crowe and Ellie Diepersloot and sophomore Maggie Kamp had nine kills apiece. Kamp also had 20 digs while senior Kristen Zietse had 19 digs.
No. 2 Calvin 3, Pacific Lutheran 2
In the win against Pacific Lutheran, Calvin had four players amass double-digits in digs led by Zietse who tallied a career-high 29 digs while Maggie Kamp had 16 digs, Rietema 14 digs and sophomore Jamie Kooiman 13 digs.
Rietema just missed a triple double as she also collected 42 assists and nine kills. Maggie Kamp had a team-high 18 kills while Crowe had 10 kills and Diepersloot seven kills.
In set five, Calvin held a 9-4 lead only to see Pacific Lutheran roar back with an 8-1 run to build a 12-10 lead. Calvin responded with five consecutive points to clinch the match.
Saturday: No. 4 Elmhurst 3, No. 12 Chicago 12
The Bluejays defeated 12th-ranked Chicago 25-14, 25-15, 19-25, 25-11 to close out the tournament with an unblemished record. Sam Szarmach smashed a team-leading 22 kills and totaled 11 digs while hitting .400 (22-6-40). Marci Novak reached double figures in kills with 10 while adding eight digs.
Megan Reynolds finished with eight kills and a match-high seven blocks while Kaitlyn Wilks totaled six kills and four blocks. Shannon Burns added five kills for Elmhurst. Lauren Lorenz led the squad in assists with 25 while Katie Rueffer totaled 17. Hannah Lessen recorded 13 digs while Dana Loncar added 11.
Szarmach, Novak and Wilks were all named to the all-tournament team for their performance over the two days. Szarmach totaled a team-high 54 kills (averaging 4.15 kills per set) while hitting .431. Wilks added 27 kills and 17 block (hitting .407) while Novak finished with 36 kills and 34 digs.
No. 4 Elmhurst 3, Lake Forest 0
Elmhurst moved to 3-0 on the season by making short work of Lake Forest with a 25-17, 25-8, 25-8 victory. The Bluejays struggled out of the gate in the opening set, falling behind 13-7 to the Foresters. Elmhurst came alive with a 10-1 run to grab a 17-14 lead. The Bluejays closed on an 8-3 run to put the first set away.
Sam Szarmach powered the Bluejays' offense with 11 kills and seven digs while hitting .500 for the match (11-0-22). Marci Novak finished with nine kills and eight digs (hitting .350) while Kaitlyn Wilks totaled six kills and four blocks with a team-best .625 hitting percentage (6-1-8).
Megan Reynolds added five kills and three blocks. After playing libero for the first two sets, Hannah Lessen totaled four kills in the third set to go along with seven digs. Katie Rueffer led the squad in assists with 17 while Lauren Lorenz totaled 11 assists and a team-best five service aces. The Bluejays hit .388 as a team, committing only seven errors in 85 attempts.
Friday: No. 4 Elmhurst 3, St. Norbert 0
Elmhurst opened the 2013 season with a three-set sweep against St. Norbert. Elmhurst breezed to a 25-12, 25-11, 25-19 victory to give head coach Julie Hall her 499th career victory.
Kaitlyn Wilks led the charge for the Bluejays with 12 kills and four blocks while hitting .400. Marci Novak added 11 kills and seven digs with a .476 hitting percentage. Sam Szarmach added 10 kills and eight digs with a .444 hitting percentage. Megan Reynolds pounded down seven kills and hit a team-high .538 while also registering four blocks.
No. 4 Elmhurst 3, Occidental 0
Elmhurst volleyball coach Julie Hall recorded the 500th victory of her career as the fourth-ranked Bluejays rolled past Occidental 25-12, 25-14, 25-8 at the Elmhurst Invitational.
After scoring her 499th victory just hours earlier, the Bluejays made short work of Occidental. Elmhurst hit .364 as a team, committing just nine hitting errors in 88 attempts.
Sam Szarmach and Megan Reynolds led the way for the Bluejays with 11 kills apiece. Reynolds finished 11-of-17 and hit a team-high .647 to go along with a team-best six blocks. Szarmach added eight digs while hitting .409 (11-2-22). Marci Novak added six kills and 11 digs while Kaitlyn Wilks and Peggy Clemens totaled three kills apiece.
Saturday: No. 5 Hope 3, Marietta 0
On Saturday, Lauren Hazekamp collected a match-high 33 assists and seven digs during a 25-12, 25-17, 25-13 win against Marietta.
Hazekamp helped feed senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster for a team-high 11 kills against Marietta. The Flying Dutch hit .286 as a team.
No. 5 Hope 3, Case Western Reserve 0
After a win against Marientta, Hope followed with 28 assists and 10 digs in a 24-14, 25-5, 25-17 win against Case Western Reserve.
Freshman Sarah Feldpausch topped a balanced effort against Case Western Reserve (2-2) with eight kills. The Flying Dutch hit .292 as a team.
Friday: No. 5 Hope 3, Bluffton 0
The Flying Dutch swept Bluffton, 3-0, in the first match of the season at Bluffton (25-17, 25-16, 25-11).
Jenna Grasmeyer netted a match-high 13 kills with a .440 kill percentage. Sarah Feldpausch and Amy VanderStoep added seven and six kills, respectively. The team had a .325 hitting percentage and eight blocks.
No. 5 Hope 3, Bethany 0
No. 5 Hope defeated Bethany 25-20, 25-16, 25-15 in their first match of the season.
Against Bethany, freshman outside hitter Sarah Feldpausch led Hope with a match-high 13 kills and a .542 kill percentage. Returning First Team NCAA Division III All-American outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer chipped in 10 kills, while junior middle hitter Amy VanderStoep added eight.
Saturday: Edgewood 3, No. 5 Christopher Newport 1
No. 5 Christopher Newport fell to Edgewood, 3-1 (25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 25-20). Harper 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 Christopher Newport's four matches.
The setback against Edgewood snapped Christopher Newport's 29-match home winning streak, which marked the second-longest roll in program history. Christopher Newport's last stumble came against No. 5 Eastern on October 14, 2011.
No. 5 Christopher Newport 3, SUNY New Platz 1
In a match featuring a pair of Sweet 16 teams from last year's NCAA Tournament, Christopher Newport defeated the Hawks, 3-1. Four Captains had at least five kills with Smith and Jessie Kolden tying for the team lead with eight apiece. Krista Hughes also chipped in with four kills and four blocks.
Early on against the Hawks, Briana Sutton found her footing with three quick kills, while Hannah Miller chimed in with two blasts and a block on the way to a 12-8 edge. From there, Smith uncorked a pair of aces before Kolden and Miller added some rockets along the net to gain a 22-13 advantage. Although New Paltz continued to battle and pulled back within five, Smith and Kolden unloaded back-to-back shots before a Hawk miscue gave the Captains a 25-17 victory.
Friday: No. 5 Christopher Newport 3, Lynchburg 0
No. 5 Christopher Newport volleyball team picked up a a victory in its first action of the season as they took down Lynchburg, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18). Despite featuring a large number of first-year competitors, Christopher Newport got off to a strong start.
During an early run that helped the Captains vault out to a 9-5 edge, Crooks blistered an ace on her very first serve, while Smith rocketed back-to-back kills. Although Lynchburg was able to claw back and knot the set at 11, the Captains rolled from there. Rock and Sutton ripped two consecutive kills leading to a Hornet timeout. Later, Sutton caught fire again with three blasts during the waning moments of the set, while Rock launched an ace and kill to lift the squad to a comfortable 25-18 victory.
No. 5 Christopher Newport 3, Berry 1
No. 5 Christopher Newport defeated Berry, 3-1 (20-25, 25-19, 25-16, 28-26) during the first day of the Captains Classic on Friday. The visitors won five of the first six rallies before using a modest mid-set run to secure a 12-8 edge.
After the teams traded errors, Miller came through with the play of the day. In just her second career appearance, the freshman had a solo block to even the score at 25. Conway put the match away with back-to-back kills, including a perfectly placed shot to seal the victory with a 28-26 win.
Conway finished with a double-double after notching 31 assists and 13 digs to go along with four kills. Smith led the way offensively with 14 kills and a .281 hitting percentage, while Kolden added 12 blasts and Sutton chipped in with 10.
Friday: No. 9 Puget Sound 3, Whitman 0
The season started strong for the Loggers with a 25-20, 25-19, 25-15 sweep of visiting Whitman on Friday morning. All-American Jackie Harvey started her season off strong with a match-high 15 kills to lead the Loggers.
The Loggers came out on fire in their second match of the day and won against No. 15 Wartburg in four sets – 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-15. The Loggers hit .248 in the match while limiting Wartburg to just .102 hitting. Marissa Florant led the attack in the late match with 18 kills on .486 hitting while Jackie Harvey added 13 kills and a match-high 19 digs. Jenni Brehove had 43 assists in her first match of her senior season.