Top 10 Roundup
Wittenberg falls to PLU, Calvin takes Alma, CNU splits
No. 1 St. Thomas 3, UW-Eau Claire 0
No. 1 St. Thomas 3, UW-Stevens Point 0
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- UWSP trailed early but stayed within touching distance of No. 1 St. Thomas. The Pointers trailed just 21-20 but the Tommies went on to win four of the final five points. UW-Stevens Point made late rallies in the second and third games as well but could not quite recover from early deficits.
Kelly Foley had a match-high 18 kills for St. Thomas, while Jill Greenfield added 10 kills and 14 digs. UWSP is now 2-3 against MIAC teams this year.
No. 2 Calvin 3, Alma 1
ALMA, Mich. -- Second-ranked Calvin improved to 6-0 overall and to 2-0 in the MIAA with a 25-17, 25-19, 25-16 victory at Alma on Friday.
Sophomore Maggie Kamp matched a career-high with 19 kills in the win. It marked the second time she has recorded 19 kills this year and the third time in her career.
Junior Emily Crowe had seven kills while senior Megan Rietema and junior Ellie Diepersloot had six kills apiece. Rietema added 33 assists and 16 digs.
Senior Kristen Zietse had 24 digs in the back row. Freshman Laura Danhoff also made an impact with four kills, eight digs and five block assists.
Pacific Lutheran 3, No. 3 Wittenberg 0
ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The murderer's row of early season opponents continued for Wittenberg, which found itself on the short end of a 3-0 score against Pacific Lutheran on the first day of the Washington University/ASICS National Invitational.
The Tigers, ranked No. 3, dropped to 1-3 on the 2013 season. Pacific Lutheran, which checks in at No. 21, improved to 2-3.
Pacific Lutheran jumped on top in the opening set 25-20, pulling away down the stretch by winning six of the last seven points. With Wittenberg poised to pull even in the second set, PLU pulled off a rally, scoring seven consecutive points to rally from a 24-17 deficit and eventually capture a most unlikely 27-25 decision. The momentum carried into the third set as PLU jumped out to a big lead midway through and coasted to a 25-19 final score.
Wittenberg was paced offensively by senior Andrea Behling and sophomore Brooke Barney, each with nine kills, while freshman Emily Kahlig added eight.
T5 Christopher Newport 3, Southern Virgina 1
LEXINGTON, Va. -- On the first day of the Washington & Lee Invitational, the fifth-ranked Christopher Newport volleyball team split a pair of matches.
Christopher Newport took down Southern Virginia 3-1 (25-18, 25-13, 19-25, 26-24) on Friday evening at the Doremus Gym.
With the split, CNU stands at 4-2 on the season.
Battling their fellow Capital Athletic Conference foes in a unique non-league tilt, the Captains excelled from the start.
Abby McIntyre finished the contest with a career-high 15 kills, while Maddie McCann and Chance Rye posted seven apiece. McIntyre and Rachel Close tied for the team-lead with 13 digs to lead the defensive effort.
No. 14 Otterbein 3, T5 Christopher Newport 1
LEXINGTON, Va. -- The Captains fell to No. 14 Otterbein 3-1 (25-14, 17-25, 25-11, 25-15).
In the first match of the day, the Captains squared off with Otterbein in a top-20 showdown. Although the squads were able to split the first two sets, the Cardinals eventually got the best of CNU on the way to a 3-1 victory.
Otterbein asserted itself on serve-receive during the contest, finishing with 15 aces. Kendel Kellogg pumped six for the Cardinals, while Tabatha Piper added four to headline the squad's efforts.
During the contest, Chastity Lacy was a force on the offensive side with eight kills to go along with a .467 hitting percentage. Hannah Miller excelled defensively with four blocks.
T5 Hope 3, Olive 0
Jenna Grasmeyer totaled a match-high 17 kills to help the fifth-ranked Hope College volleyball team fight off Olivet College for a 3-0 road sweep on Friday.
The Flying Dutch won 28-26, 25-22, 25-18 as they improved their record to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play.
Hope has not lost a set so far this season.
Grasmeyer, a junior outside hitter from Hudsonville, also contributed eight digs and shared a team-high with two service aces with junior libero Elyse Maley.
Senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster of Portage chipped in 10 kills for Hope, while junior hitter Amy VanderStoep added nine and senior middle hitter Courtney Earles had six. Setter Lauren Hazekamp finished with 41 assists and a team-best nine digs.
No. 7 Washington-St. Louis 3, Ohio Northern 0
ST. LOUIS -- No. 7-ranked Washington-St. Louis opened the WU/ASICS National Invitational with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-21 win against Ohio Northern University Friday evening.
Alex Sheredy led the Bears offensively with 15 kills and 14 digs, marking her third double-double of the season. Byrne added eight kills with zero errors while hitting at a .364 clip. She also equaled her career-high with four aces for the third time this season and assisted on two blocks. Nelligan and Dupont each added three blocks, while Udenze had two. Sophomore Cassie Wang tallied 22 assists, while sophomore Allison Zastrow finished with 16. Katagiri finished with a team-high 16 digs, and senior Tanya Marvi also reached double figures with 10.
No. 8 Emory 3, Averett 0
Emory upped its record to 5-0 following a pair of opening-day victories at the Randolph-Macon Invitational. Emory posted a 3-0 decision (25-12, 25-22, 25-17) against Averett.
The Eagles held the Cowgirls to a mark of .116 (43-29--121).
The Eagles were offensively strong in the Averett encounter, compiling an impressive .363 (47-10--102) attack percentage. Sophomore Ashley Crawford set the pace for the club in kills with a dozen and closed out the contest hitting .375 (12-3--24). Junior Cat McGrath and freshman Kathryn Trinka each totaled six successful attack attempts. Sophomore Taylor Erwin led Emory with 11 digs.
No. 8 Emory 3, Hardin-Simmons 1
The Eagles topped Hardin-Simmons 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-20, 25-18) in the first competition of the Randolph-Macon Invitational.
Emory hit .336 (51-14--110) against Hardin-Simmons
Juniors Kate Bowman and Leah Jacobs tied for the squad's lead with 15 kills apiece. Freshman Jessica Holler rounded out the team's double-digit performers in that category with 10 terminations. Bowman also topped the squad with 10 digs.
No. 9 Puget Sound 3, No. 18 Chapman 2
No. 10 Cal Lutheran 3, UT-Dallas 0
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- In a matchup of the two top-10 teams, it was CLU who fell behind early in the first set trailing 6-4 before two Kylie McLogan kills and service aces pulled the Regals ahead at 10-9. Cal Lutheran increased its lead to 16-11 after a long rally where Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira made two miraculous digs including one where she narrowly flicked the ball with her right hand to Allie Eason who was able to send it over the net and the Loggers would subsequently commit a double hit, giving CLU the point and the momentum. CLU would lead by as many as eight at 19-11 after kills from Lauren Rohach and Hayley Tamagni before closing the first set with a 25-13 victory.
Trailing 7-5 in the second set, UPS countered with an 8-0 run to put the Loggers up by six.
A quality one-handed dig by Jackie Russell resulted in a big smash from McLogan pulling CLU within four at 16-12 but the Loggers would never relinquish the lead, winning the second set 25-18.
Locked at 8-8 to start the third set, Cal Lutheran went on a 6-1 run thanks to digs by Russell and McLogan and a strong finish by Tamagni to put CLU in front 14-9. Puget Sound would later go on a run of its own getting to within one at 17-16 but McLogan came up with three kills and CLU benefited from two UPS errors to pull out the third set 25-20 victory.
The fourth set began much like the previous three with each team exchanging one point leads through the early stages. Midway through the set,Tamagni pushed Cal Lutheran in front by four with three kills, making the score 14-10. The Loggers would get the score back to within two at 18-16 and then later at 22-20 but Tamagni, a senior, carried CLU during the final points, notching two service aces and a kill to complete the upset for CLU, winning 25-20.
McLogan led all players with 22 kills to go along with 14 digs. Eason had 17 kills while Tamagni had 11 and Mo’okini-Oliveira had 9.
Russell had a season-high 53 assists and also had 11 digs defensively.
No. 10 Cal Lutheran 3, Puget Sound 1
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Cal Lutheran had a much easier time of disposing UT-Dallas in the tournament opener. The first set saw the Regals and Comets battle back and forth to a 19-19 score. After the Comets took the lead at 20-19, Eason reeled off five kills in a row to get CLU to set point. The Comets would get a point back after a blocking error but McLogan nailed down a cross-court kill for the first set win at 25-22.
Cal Lutheran, 21-16 in the second set, was sparked down the stretch by a diving dig by Russell that found a Mo’okini-Oliveira set and was converted by Eason for the kill. McLogan would then seal the set with three kills down in the final four points, giving CLU the second game at 25-19.
The Regals fell behind initially in the third set 4-3 but then ripped off 12 consecutive points to gain a 15-4 advantage. The run was highlighted two stellar digs from Kennedy Peters, two kills and a block from Rohach and big kill from Caitlin Fransen coming off a Jena Chavez serve. Later, back-to-back kills from Fransen and Mo’okini-Oliveira got CLU to game-point and then Eason finished off the Comets with her fourth kill of the set, securing the 25-12 victory. Contributing to the victory in the final set were freshmen Monica Lundgren and Nicky Lyon.