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NCAA.com | September 20, 2013

Preview: No. 1 Calvin travels to St. Mary's

No. 1 Calvin

The No. 1 Knights now look forward to Saturday when they will travel to Saint Mary’s to play the Belles. 

Tuesday night saw the top two teams in Division III volleyball square-off in Van Noord Arena. Calvin entered the night with the No. 1 ranking and a 12-0 record, while the Flying Dutch of Hope were just recently ranked No. 2 as it also held a 12-0 record.

The Knights, defending their top ranking, defeated Hope in straight sets by scores of 25-17, 25-21, 28-26. Calvin has now won eight consecutive matches against Hope dating back to 2010.

No. 2 Hope

No. 2 Hope will face St. Mary's this Friday before taking on Adrian on Saturday.

The best start to a season for Hope ended Tuesday night with a  three-set loss at top-ranked Calvin College.

The Flying Dutch, who earlier in the day moved up to second in the American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III Coaches' Poll, suffered their first loss in a 25-17, 25-21, 28-26 defeat.

No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.)

The Tommies are home Saturday to face Gustavus.

Kelly Foley had 10 kills and seven assisted blocks and Sara Atkinson chipped in 10 kills as the No. 3-ranked Tommies (10-1 overall, 1-0 MIAC) scored a 3-0 home win against the Scots of Macalester (9-7) on Wednesday. UST won 25-14, 25-12, 25-18.

No. 4 Emory

Emory returns to action this Friday and Saturday when it continues a 12-match homestand by hosting the Emory Invitational. Joining the Eagles in the two-day event will be Wellesley College, Maryville College, Covenant College and Emory and Henry University.

Emory will begin play on Friday with matches against Emory & Henry and Maryville, before facing Wellesley and Covenant on Saturday.

No. 5 Cal Lutheran

Cal Lutheran (10-1) now turns its attention to SCIAC play, opening its conference schedule by traveling to Whittier on Friday.

After going 4-0 in the Emory Invitational including wins against former No. 2 Emory and No. 13 Christopher Newport last weekend, Cal Lutheran moved up two spots to No. 5 in the latest poll. It’s the highest ranking for the Regals since 2010 when CLU was also ranked No. 5 during the third week of the season.

No. 6 Elmhurst

Elmhurst competes at the University of Chicago Tournament this weekend. It will face Judson and Wisconsin Lutheran on Friday before taking on Christopher Newport and Benedictine on Saturday.

Ranked fourth to open the season, the Bluejays fell two spots to sixth after posting a 3-1 record at the University of La Verne Tournament during the weekend.

No. 7 Mount Union

Mount Union, ranked No. 7 in the nation, travels to Marietta, Ohio to take on Washington and Lee in the Pioneer Classic on Friday.

The Purple Raiders move to No. 7 in this week's top 25. The Raiders new ranking makes seven the highest ranking in school history as Mount Union enters Friday's match at a perfect 13-0, the best start since the 15-0 start in the 2003 season.

No. 8 Juniata

The Eagles, previously ranked 16, upset the then No. 10 Wittenberg Tigers and No. 6 Washington-St. Louis Bears last weekend at the Wittenberg Fall Classic.

The Eagles next travel to St. Davids, Pa. to face Eastern University in a single match. Juniata returns home Tuesday, Sept. 24, to face Indiana (Pa.).

No. 9 Washington-St. Louis



No. 10 St. Benedict (Minn.)

The Blazers go on to play St. Catherine this Saturday at home in Claire Lynch Hall. The Blazers look to take advantage of their next four MIAC matchups to climb the conference rankings.

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