Top 10 Roundup
No. 4 Emory takes two wins in Atlanta
No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, St. Olaf 0
NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Paige Brimeyer had 10 kills and three blocks and Kelly Foley added nine kills as the Tommies scored a 3-0 road win against St. Olaf. The Toms won 25-14, 25-19, 25-16.
The No. 3-ranked Tommies (13-1 overall, 4-0 MIAC) pushed their season win streak to 13 and their MIAC victory streak to 19. They hit .253 in the win.
No. 4 Emory 3, Cornell (Iowa) 2
ATLANTA -- Emory battled to an exciting come-from-behind 3-2 decision against Cornell (25-23, 25-19, 25-17, 25-15, 15-7) in its first match of the day.
After dropping two of the first three sets to the Rams, Emory regrouped in impressive fashion in the last two games, registering a .346 hitting percentage compared to CC's mark of .060.
The Eagles had a trio of double-figure terminators led by junior Leah Jacobs with a dozen. Junior Kate Bowman and Jessica Holler each contributed 10 successful attack opportunities with Holler adding five blocks (0-5). Sophomore Taylor Erwin led all players with 18 digs and helped Emory to a 71-61 advantage in that department.
Cornell College's Kathleen O'Connor topped all players with 24 kills, an opponent high against Emory this season.
No. 4 Emory 3, Lynchburg 0
ATLANTA -- In the day's finale, No. 4 Emory downed Lynchburg, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-18).
Holler was the lone player to finish with double figures with 11 kills in the Lynchburg encounter, finishing with an impressive .556 attack percentage (11-1—18) while chipping in four blocks. Bowman rang up eight kills while junior Cat McGrath and Jacobs each finished with seven terminations.
For the match, Emory hit .333 (41-8—99), the eighth time this year it posted an attack percentage of .300 or higher, while the Hornets finished with an effort of .053 (32-26—114). The Eagles enjoyed a 45-40 margin in digs and a 9-0 advantage in total blocks.
No. 5 Cal Lutheran 3, No. 22 Claremont-M-S 1
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. –- Fifth-ranked Cal Lutheran improved to 5-0 against ranked opponents this season after defeating No. 22 Claremont-M-S 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16) on Saturday evening. The Regals won with their stout defense, collecting a season-high 12 blocks against the Athenas.
Hayley Tamagni led the defense for CLU, collecting six block assists while Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira had five and Lauren Rohach had four. Kennedy Peters had 16 digs while Allie Eason had nine and Jackie Russell had eight.
Offensively, Cal Lutheran was paced by Kylie McLogan’s 14 kills.
Claremont-Mudd-Scipps’ Nicole Kerkhof led the Athenas with 14 kills as well. With the loss CMS falls to 11-2 overall and 3-2 in the SCIAC.
No. 6 Elmhurst 3, Wisconsin-Eau Claire 1
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Elmhurst scored its 15th win of the season with a four-set win against Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Marci Novak powered the Bluejays' offense with a double-double. Novak pounded down a team-high 17 kills while hitting a team-leading .343. She added 10 digs and a team-leading three aces in the victory. Sam Szarmach added nine kills and eight digs while Megan Reynolds totaled eight kills and four blocks. Kaitlyn Wilks tacked on seven kills for the Bluejays. Lauren Lorenz tallied 28 assists and eight digs while Katie Rueffer finished with eight assists. Hannah Lessen led the squad in digs with 14.
Kelly Schuh led UW-Eau Claire with 18 kills and six digs in the loss.
No. 6 Elmhurst 3, No. 9 Washington-St. Louis
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Elmhurst upended Washington in five sets with the Bluejays rallying from an early hole in the fifth set to stun the Bears on their home court.
Elmhurst pounded down 15 kills in the opening set to take a quick 1-0 lead with a 25-20 win in set one. Washington roared back in the second, blitzing the Bluejays with a 25-14 win to even the match. The Bluejays pulled back in front with a 25-19 win in the third set, but Washington took the fourth set 25-19 to send the match to a decisive fifth set.
In the fifth set, Washington raced out to a 5-0 before Elmhurst picked up its offense. The Bluejays trailed 10-6 and 12-9 before making a run. A pair of kills from Wilks combined with a Washington error evened the score at 12-12. The Bears ripped off consecutive points to take a 14-12 lead and set up a pair of match points, but a kill and a service ace from Wilks evened the score at 14.
An error on Washington gave the Bluejays a match-point, but Wilks' serve was narrowly long, evening the set at 15-15. Novak smashed down a kill to set up a second Bluejays' match point, but the Bears fought it off to tie the set at 16. Novak tipped a kill against the Bears' block to put Elmhurst in front 17-16 and an attack error from Washington handed the match to the Bluejays.
No. 7 Juniata, Scranton
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- After a loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater, Juniata dominated Scranton in a non-conference match that lasted less than 60 minutes. Juniata combined for a team .321-attack percentage and out served the Royals 12-5 in service aces. Senior Courtney Lydick scored six kills off a .500-attack percentage to pace the Eagles offense.
Juniata took a commanding 11-3 lead in the first set off a 10-point run on the service of Sumner. After giving up just one point, Arnold began serving, and the Eagles tacked on another seven consecutive points. The second set saw much of the same as Juniata fired off seven points in a row to take a 16-8 lead and followed up with sophomore Kristin Collins serving out the last six points of the set.
Juniata finished off the Royals by taking a 20-7 lead in the third set and shut the door on a four point Scranton run winning the last two points of the match. Senior Sarah McCarthy had a match-high 24 assists for the Eagles.
No. 7 Juniata, Wisconsin-Whitewater
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- In the opening match, the Warhawks jumped out to an early 5-2 lead and continued to pile on in the first set. The Eagles fought off three set points before UW-W finally closed it out 25-17. In the second set, Juniata took a late 20-19 lead and held set point at 24-20, but the Warhawks forced extra points before taking a two set lead.
The Eagles fought hard in the third set, but UW-W pulled out the upset win for Juniata's first loss of the season. Freshman Bryce Arnold led the Eagles with 10 kills and 11 digs while Miller notched two of Juniata's six service aces.
No. 8 Mount Union 3, Geneva 0
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union, ranked No. 8 in the nation, defeated Geneva 3-0.
In the 25-21, 25-19, 25-22 win against the Golden Tornadoes, the Raiders were led by junior Nicole Snyder who tallied 11 kills. Junior Sarah Schleich recorded 20 assists as Lauren Mastroine had game-high 24 digs. Junior Sara Brown had four block assists for the Purple Raiders.
No. 8 Mount Union 3, Bluffton 0
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- In the 25-12, 25-16, 25-12 victory against the Beavers, Snyder led the Raiders with nine kills and 11 digs. Mastroine chipped in with 13 digs as Schleich notched 19 assists and junior Brittany Woodard had 12. Sophomore Kara Berger recorded five block assists for Mount Union.
No. 9 Washington-St. Louis 3, Millikin 2
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Washington-St. Louis rallied from being down two sets to earn a 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-9 win against Millikin on Saturday.
Sophomore Jackie Nelligan recorded 30 kills and 13 blocks in the two matches to earn all-tournament honors. She was joined on the all-tournament team by freshman teammate Kalehua Katagiri, who racked up 36 digs and tallied two aces in each match for the Bears. Also making the all-tournament team were Audrey Krajec of Millikin, Kelly Schuh of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Lauren Lorenz and Sam Szarmach of Elmhurst.
No. 10 Colorado College 3, Schreiner 0
No. 10 Colorado College 3, Southwestern (Texas) 1
GEORGETOWN, Texas -- The 10th-ranked Tigers, fueled by sophomore outside hitter Lauren Hahn's career-high 16 kills, improved to 17-0 overall and 5-0 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 25-14, 25-18, 20-25, 25-23 victory Saturday evening against host Southwestern University in their second of four weekend SCAC cross-divisional matches.
CC, which meets Trinity and Texas Lutheran on Sunday, swept Schreiner University by a 25-20, 25-20, 25-10 count earlier in the day.
Hahn added 20 digs against Southwestern in her strongest performance to date as a Tiger. Joining her with a double-double in the match was freshman Abbe Holtz, who recorded 13 kills and 14 digs.
Hahn and Holtze were among four Colorado College players to finish with double-digit kills, as sophomore Courtney Birkett and junior captain Kristen Liberty added 13 and 10, respectively.
Birkett and Liberty each hammered down a pair of kills late in Game 4 to finish off the pesky Pirates, who dropped to 11-6 overall and 3-2 in league play.
Birkett and Holtze collected seven kills apiece against the Mountaineers, with Birkett also committing only one error. Sophomore libero Sophie Merrifield sparked Saturday's defensive effort with 48 digs, including 36 against Southwestern. Freshman setter Rebecca Watson, a product of Taylor Lake Village, Texas, celebrated her return to her native state with 48 assists in Saturday's nightcap.