GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Wittenberg won their fourth consecutive NCAA Division III first-round match, cruising past Bluffton in a 3-0 sweep Thursday played at Calvin College.
The win, earned by set scores of 25-16, 26-19, 25-20, gave the 10th-ranked Tigers a second-round date opposite Chicago. Wittenberg will bring a 10-match winning streak into the contest, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday
The Tigers picked up right where they left off nearly a week earlier, when they earned a seventh consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference tournament title. Wittenberg was efficient offensively, attacking at a .305 clip, led by an outstanding all-around performance by sophomore Kara Seidenstricker.
Seidenstricker pounded 15 kills and attacked at a .500 percentage. She also was one of five different players to record a service ace in the match and one of six different players to put a mark in the blocks column of the stats sheet.
Senior Andrea Behling added eight kills and sophomore Melissa Emming contributed seven. Junior Meghan Vodopich was on her game, as well, finishing with five kills, 34 assists and four digs.
Defensively, junior Kiah Murray led the way with 15 digs, while sophomore Katie Zito added eight.
The match was Wittenberg's 50th in 19 all-time NCAA Division III tournament appearances. The Tigers are now 33-17 overall, including a mark of 11-5 in first-round matches (Wittenberg has received a first-round bye three times).