Top 10 Roundup
Hope posts pair of sweeps; Cal Lutheran knocks off Emory
No. 1 Calvin 3, Mount St. Joseph 0
No. 1 Calvin 3, No. 8 Otterbein 0
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Top-ranked Calvin completed a perfect weekend at the Wittenberg Fall Classic with three set victories against Mount St. Joseph and No. 8 Otterbein on Sunday.
Calvin is now 12-0 on the year and finished 4-0 at the weekend tournament. Calvin opened Saturday with a 25-11, 25-16, 25-17 win against Mount St. Joseph. The Knights hit .467 as a team led by junior Ellie Diepersloot who cranked out a blistering percentage of .875, registering seven kills on eight attack attempts. Sophomore Maggie Kamp had 11 kills and senior Megan Rietema 31 assists and nine digs. Senior Kristen Zietse added eight digs while junior Elise Biesboer had two service aces.
On Sunday evening, Calvin recorded a 25-12, 25-19, 25-22 against eighth-ranked Otterbein. The win marked Calvin’s fifth victory up the year against a nationally-ranked opponent. Maggie Kamp had 11 kills, Rietema 10 kills, 32 assists and nine digs while Zietse had 13 digs. Biesboer also had 10 digs while freshman Laura Danhoff and junior Emily Crowe chipped in with eight and seven kills respectively.
No. 2 Emory 3, Southwestern 1
ATLANTA -- No. 2 Emory defeated Southwestern 3-1 (28-26, 15-25, 28-26, 25-17) in the Emory Volleyball Classic on Saturday.
The Eagles finished with a .147 attack percentage (51-26—170) compared to the Pirates' mark of .064 (46-35—173), and also recorded an 11-10 advantage in total blocks. Southwestern had an 85-80 margin in digs.
Emory gained the upper hand with the first-set win, battling back from a 23-20 deficit. After the Pirates tied the match at 1 with a second-set win, they continued their momentum in the third game, racing out to a 15-5 lead. A pair of kills by freshman Jessica Holler keyed a 5-0 Emory run than cut Southwestern's advantage to 15-10. Trailing by an 18-13 count, the Eagles used a kill by junior Leah Jacobs and a pair of Southwestern attack errors to creep to within an 18-16 score. The Pirates regrouped and a kill by Abbie Robb capped a 4-1 Southwestern spurt that boosted its advantage to 24-20. The Eagles stymied the Pirates' bid to capture the third set with four unanswered points that knotted the game at 24. Southwestern had a couple of chances to close the set out but came up short, the final time when it had 26-25 edge. Emory then scored the final three points that gave it a 2-1 edge in the match.
Emory made the most of that opportunity, never trailing in the fourth set and hitting .419 (15-2—31) compared to Southwestern's effort of .111 (11-7—36). Holler led the team's offensive effort with 15 kills while junior Kate Bowman added 11 terminations and 13 digs. Sophomore setter Sydney Miles dished out 37 assists while classmate Taylor Erwin topped all players with a season-high-tying 28 digs.
No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, No. 13 Chicago 0
KENOSHA, Wis. -- On the final day of the Carthage Invitational Tournament, No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) beat No. 13 Chicago 3-0 on Saturday.
Chicago hung close in the first set but went down 25-22. The Tommies kept rolling from there, taking the second set 25-20 and the third set 25-9.
No. 5 Hope 3, Heidelberg 0
No. 5 Hope 3, Ohio Northern 0
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- No. 5 Hope is now 12-0 on the season after winning two more times Saturday at the Wittenberg Fall Classic.
The Flying Dutch swept Heidelberg and Ohio Northern on Saturday to finish the two-day tournament with a 4-0 record.
Against Heidelberg, Hope won 25-12, 25-14, 25-21 as junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer posted a match-high 11 kills on a .423 kill percentage.
Middle hitter Courtney Earles also reached double figures for the Flying Dutch with 10 kills.
Against Ohio Northern, Hope won 25-15, 25-13, 25-21 as Grasmeyer shared team-high kill honors with junior outside hitter Anna Lynch. Both had 12 kills. Earles added 10 with a .588 kill percentage.
Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp totaled 72 assists during the two matches.
No. 16 Juniata 3, No. 6 Washington (Mo.) 2
No. 6 Washington (Mo.) 3, Heidelberg 1
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- No. 6 Washington (Mo.) closed the Wittenberg Fall Classic with a 25-12, 22-25, 25-14, 25-20 win over Heidelberg on Saturday afternoon. The Bears came up short in a 25-18, 25-20, 21-25, 18-25, 11-15 loss to unbeaten and No. 16 Juniata in their first match of the day.
Sophomore Jackie Nelligan was named to the all-tournament team after a solid weekend for the Bears. She recorded double-digit kills in three of Washington’s four matches, finishing with 42 kills and 16 blocks on the weekend. Nelligan finished with a career-high 15 kills in the Bears’ win against Heidelberg to close.
Against Juniata, Washington finished with a .222 hitting percentage (58-24-153) to Juniata’s .204 (54-23-152), and the Bears also recorded nine team blocks in the match. Both teams finished with eight ace serves each, but Washington was hampered by 14 service errors.
Against Heidelberg, Washington hit .250 in the match, including .414 (13-1-29) in the third set. The Bears limited Heidelberg to .090 (33-21-134) hitting in the match, including a season-high 10.5 blocks for Washington.
No. 7 Cal Lutheran 3, Millsaps 0
No. 7 Cal Luthern 3, No. 2 Emory 0
ATLANTA -- In a battle between two of the top Division III volleyball teams in the country, No. 7 Cal Lutheran upset No. 2 Emory 3-0 in the Emory Volleyball Classic on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Cal Lutheran beat Millsaps by a 3-0 count.
The tournament finale pitted the two powerhouses against one another. While Emory had home-court advantage with a packed house, it was the visiting Regals who maintained their composure, dazzled the crowd and used their athleticism to their advantage.
After opening with a pair of close 25-23 games, in which the teams were never separated by more than four points, the Regals put away the Eagles in dominating fashion, earning a 25-15 third-set win and 3-0 sweep.
Leading the pack was junior outside hitter Kylie McLogan, who tallied 19 kills, 11 digs, and two block assists.
Cal Lutheran opened the day by cruising to a 25-14, 25-13, 25-21 victory against Millsaps. Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira had nine kills on 14 swings for a .500 hitting percentage as the Regals hit at a .322 overall clip and limited Millsaps to a .048 hitting effort.
No. 10 Wittenberg 3, No. 8 Otterbein 1
No. 10 Wittenberg 3, Mount Saint Joseph 0
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Turns out, the sixth time is a charm. No. 10 Wittenberg needed six games against nationally ranked opponents in the 2013 season before breaking through for a much-needed win against eighth-ranked Otterbein.
Combined with a victory over Mount St. Joseph in the final match of the 2013 Wittenberg Fall Classic, the 10th-ranked Tigers improved to 4-5 on the season. Wittenberg had opened the tournament with a 3-0 loss to 16th-ranked Juniata on Friday.
Against Otterbein, head coach Paco Labrador shuffled the lineup and the changes paid dividends in the form of a 3-1 win by set scores of 25-21, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18.
The momentum carried over to the day's final match, a 3-0 whitewashing of Mount Saint Joseph by set scores of 25-11, 25-20, 25-16.