Top 10 Roundup
No. 4 Emory splits matches in St. Louis
No. 2 Hope 3, St. Mary's (Ind.) 0
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Hope quickly put its biggest win of the season behind it, claiming a three-game sweep at Saint Mary's on Saturday.
The 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 win came less than 24 hours after the second-ranked Flying Dutch beat top-ranked Calvin in five sets.
Hope (25-1 overall) gave coach Becky Schmidt her 299th career win while also moving into a first-place tie in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) standings with Calvin. Both teams are 12-1 in league play.
Junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer led the Flying Dutch with 12 kills.
No. 3 Cal Lutheran 3, Rose-Hulman 0
No. 3 Cal Lutheran 3, Pomona-Pitzer 1
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Cal Lutheran improved to 21-1 for just the fourth time in school history and first time since 1998. The Regals got there by sneaking by Pomona-Pitzer 3-1 (21-25, 29-27, 25-14, 25-23) Saturday night. Earlier in the day, Cal Lutheran also swept past the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology (N.J.) 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-23). In the nine sets between Cal Lutheran and Pomona-Pitzer this season, seven have been decided by four points or less.
Cal Lutheran began its day collecting its 20th win of the season when it swept Rose-Hulman. The Regals had eight players with at least five or more kills and hit .366 as a team. Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira and Caitlin Fransen led CLU with eight kills apiece while Eason had seven, Kylie McLogan with six and Hannah Orlandi, Lauren Rohach and Hayley Tamagni all tallied five.
The Regals would face a much stiffer test in the night-cap against the host Sagehens. After defeating Pomona-Pitzer 3-2 earlier this season, the Sagehens jumped on CLU in the opening set, winning 25-21. Pomona-Pitzer was led by the nation’s leader in kills per set Allie Frappier, who collected 10 kills in game one.
No. 19 Chicago 3, No. 4 Emory 1
No. 4 Emory 3, Rochester 0
ST. LOUIS -- Emory split a pair of matches on the opening day of the University Athletic Association Round Robin II in Saint Louis.
The Eagles saw their 12-match win streak snapped as Chicago, ranked 19th nationally, came away with a 3-1 triumph (25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 25-23) in their first outing of the day before bouncing to claim a 3-0 decision (25-8, 25-11, 25-14) against Rochester. Emory stands 23-2 overall (4-1 in the UAA).
In the UC match, Emory finished with a .171 hitting percentage (52-24—164) compared to the Maroons' .163 (51-23—172). Head coach Jenny McDowell saw her Eagles post an 82-69 advantage in digs as well as an 8-5 margin in total blocks. Freshman Jessica Holler paced the Emory offensive effort with a season-high tying 15 kills en route to compiling an attack percentage of .393 (15-4—28).
Emory regrouped quickly and pasted the Yellowjackets of UR with a .417 attack percentage (39-9—72) while holding its opponent to a -.066 effort (14-19—76). Four Eagles racked up six or more kills including sophomore Ashley Crawford who paced the squad with nine terminations, her second-highest mark of the season.
Bowman totaled eight kills and finished with a fine .615 hitting percentage (8-0—13). McGrath and Holler each chipped in six successful attack attempts with Holler adding four blocks (1-3) and McGrath two (0-2). Miles accounted for 29 assists and added seven digs in the victory.
No. 5 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, Hamline 0
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- St. Thomas (Minn.) hit .340 in Saturday’s 3-0 home victory against Hamline in MIAC action. The Tommies won 25-20, 25-22, 25-18.
St. Thomas remained one game behind MIAC leader Concordia-Moorhead, a 3-1 winner against St. Olaf.
Senior Sam Greeney-Hamlin had 11 kills and surpassed 1,000 on her career for the Pipers (15-11, 4-4).
Sara Atkinson had 12 kills and hit .409; Jill Greenfield had 12 kills and 16 digs; Kelly Foley had six kills and six blocks; McKenna Reagan had 25 digs; and Maddie Reese had 24 assists.
No. 8 St. Benedict (Minn.) 3, Gustavus Adolphus 0
ST. JOSEPH, Minn. -- St. Benedict (Minn.) picked up another sweep as it defeated conference opponent Gustavus Adolphus 3-0 on Saturday in Claire Lynch Hall.
Saint won the first two sets with matching 25-20 scores before winning a convincing 25-15 third set.
No. 9 Mount Union 3, Capital 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Mount Union, ranked No. 9 in the nation, defeated Capital 3-0 in an Ohio Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon in the Capital Center.
The Purple Raiders improved to 24-3 overall and 5-0 in the OAC as the Crusaders move to 13-12 and 1-4 OAC.
In the 25-12, 25-17, 25-18 three-set sweep of Capital, Mount Union was led by junior Nicole Snyder who had eight kills and 14 digs. Senior Taylor Webb and sophomore Kara Berger each tallied seven kills.
Junior Lauren Mastroine recorded 30 digs as junior Sarah Schleich dished out 14 assists. Junior Brittany Woodard chipped in with 12 assists.
Capital was led by Olivia Arledge who notched 10 kills as Katie Weilbacher tallied 21 assists and Kelly Leonard recorded 29 digs on the day.
No. 10 Juniata 3, Moravian 0
No. 10 Juniata 3, Susquehanna 0
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Juniata made a clean sweep of yet another day of Landmark Conference play, defeating Moravian 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-11) and Susquehanna 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 26-24).
"It was a team effort all the way around," head coach Heather Pavlik said. "We had a lot of different people contributing. We had moments where we were very sharp and maybe some moments where we weren't as sharp, but we found a way to make it work."
Against Moravian, the Eagles were led by senior Rachelle Wiegand with a match-high 12 kills and a strong .455 attack percentage. Freshman Mar-Jana Phillips was very effective with a .667 attack percentage slamming down ten kills in the match.
Senior Amy Miller was in both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, hitting in four service aces and pulling out 12 digs. Junior libero Brittani Young added a match high 15 digs.
In the afternoon match against Susquehanna, junior Amelia Kepler led Juniata with 10 kills, with Miller notching nine, and freshman Nakita Gearhart rounding out the top threats for the Eagles with seven kills and a .375 attack percentage.