Calvin starts season with two wins
Roundup: Emory splits opening match, falls to No. 5 Wittenberg
Crestview Hills, Ky. -- Calvin opened up the 2011 regular season ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history. The Knight’s survived a big-time scare from Hiram University. In both the first two sets, Calvin got out to a lead. The Knights held the lead at 19-17 in both games one and two. Both times, Hiram stormed back to take the lead and eventually pulled out the first two sets by scores of 25-23 and 27-25.
A half hour after the conclusion of the five-set thriller, Calvin took the court against the host school, Thomas More. This match was over fairly quickly. Calvin got out to leads early in all three sets, and downed the Saints in straight sets.
No. 5 Wittenberg 3, No. 2 Emory 1
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- In an early-season match that had the atmosphere of the postseason, No. 5 Wittenberg topped No. 2 Emory before a boisterous crowd on the Wittenberg campus. The Tigers captured their season opener decision against the Eagles who slipped to 1-1.
Thanks to a solid defensive effort, Wittenberg held Emory to just a .085 hitting percentage (43-27—188) for the match while finishing a .226 effort (56-18—168) in that department. The Tigers were credited with a 94-79 advantage in the digs and held a decisive 11-1 cushion in total blocks.
No. 2 Emory 3, Maryville 1
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- No. 2 Emory got its 2011 season off on the right foot Friday afternoon with a 3-1 victory against Maryville College in the Wittenberg University Invitational.
Emory concluded the contest with a .267 attack percentage (50-14--135) compared to Maryville's effort of .141 (43-23--142). In addition, the Eagles finished with a slim 68-65 edge in digs.
Emory spread out its offensive attack with senior Amelia McCall and junior Breanah Bouque each totaling eight kills. Senior Jessica McAlvany registered seven kills while freshman Leah Jacobs put away six of her attack opportunities. Senior setter Natalie Schonefeld dished out 27 assists and tied sophomore Sarah Taub for team honors with 11 digs.