No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, No. 15 Wartburg 2
Junior Kelly Foley capped a monster weekend with 30 kills in two Saturday victories for the No. 1-ranked Tommie
St. Thomas (6-1) held off No. 15-ranked Wartburg, 3-2
The Toms edged Wartburg 25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 16-25, 15-12. It was their second five-set win against the Knights in the past 12 months.
In the Wartburg win, Foley had 15 kills; Jill Greenfield had 14 kills and 18 digs; McKenna Reagan had 19 digs; Sara Atkinsson had 10 kills; and Katie Maher had 28 assists.
No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, Wisconsin La-Crosse 0
St. Thomas (Minn.) edged UW-LaCrosse, 3-0, to finish 4-0 on the weekend and run its season win streak to six.
UST topped LaCrosse 25-22, 25-22, 25-20.
No. 2 Calvin 3, Olivet 0
Calvin remained unbeaten on the 2013 season Saturday afternoon as it defeated visiting Olivet 25-10, 25-11, 25-10. Ranked second nationally, the Knights are now 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the MIAA.
Sophomore Maggie Kamp had another huge match, racking up 16 kills, eight digs and an attack percentage of .556.
Freshman Laura Danhoff had a career-high nine kills and a hitting percentage of .643.
Senior setter Megan Rietema had four kills, 31 assists and six digs.
No. 3 Wittenberg 3, Ohio Northern 0
ST. LOUIS -- The Tigers began Saturday with a sweep against Ohio Northern.
Wittenberg took care of business against the Polar Bears, one of the Tigers' top rivals in the Great Lakes Region each year. Wittenberg won the three sets by convincing margins of 25-16, 25-13, 25-14.
Sophomore Kara Seidenstricker stepped up against the Polar Bears to pound 14 kills and finish with a .480 attack percentage. She was backed offensively by senior Andrea Behling with seven kills and junior Meghan Vodopich with six kills to go along with 28 assists.
Defensively, freshman libero Libbi Giuliano led the way with 13 digs.
Following this win, Wittenberg was upset by No. 7 Washington-St. Louis and ended the weekend with a 2-4 overall record, with all four losses coming against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally by the American Volleyball Coaches Association in its preseason poll.
T5 Christopher Newport 3, Meredith 0
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Behind a strong defensive effort, headlined by Chastity Lacy and Rachel Close, fifth-ranked Christopher Newport swept a match on Saturday as the Captains upended Meredith 3-0 (25-7, 25-9, 25-12).
In Saturday's opener, Christopher Newport looked like its old self as the squad matched up against former USA South rival Meredith. From the outset, CNU asserted itself with a quick start in the first set.
Sutton had the finest match of her young career with 14 kills and a .500 hitting percentage against the Avenging Angels. McIntyre also had double-digit kills for the second consecutive contest after finishing with 10 blasts on just 19 swings. Conway paced the attack with 23 assists to go along with four blocks, while Close contributed a team-high 12 digs in addition to a perfect 6-for-6 performance on serve-receive.
T5 Christopher Newport 3, Washington & Lee 1
LEXINGTON, Va. -- Christopher Newport took down Washington & Lee 3-1 (15-25, 27-25, 25-16, 25-21) at the Warner Center in the second game on Sunday.
Lacy posted a career-high nine blocks to lead an impressive performance up front by the Captains, who finished with 15 stops as a team against Washington & Lee.
Against the Generals, Abby McIntyre posted a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs, while Paxton Crooks did the same with 15 assists and 12 digs. Miller was equally well-rounded after clocking 10 kills to go along with six blocks. Rachel Close chipped in with nine digs and a pair of aces as well.
T5 Hope 3, Trine 0
HOLLAND, Mich. -- The Flying Dutch beat Trine 25-9, 25-22, 25-11 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play.
Against Trine, Jenna Grasmeyer totaled a match-high 11 kills, while senior middle hitter Courtney Earles of Kentwood added eight. Hazekamp had 35 assists.
T5 Hope 3, No. 12 Chicago 0
HOLLAND, Mich. -- Fifth-ranked Hope reached eight sweeps in as many matches this season, defeating No. 12 University of Chicago in Saturday matinees at DeVos Fieldhouse.
Against Chicago, junior Jenna Grasmeyer collected a match-high 21 kills with .404 attack percentage.
Senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster, junior Anna Lynch and junior hitter Amy VanderStoep each had five kills. Sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp totaled 37 kills.
No. 7 Washington-St. Louis 3, No. 21 Pacific Lutheran 2
ST. LOUIS -- Freshman Caroline Dupont posted a .589 hitting percentage, tallying 35 kills and just two errors on 56 attacks, to lead No. 7-ranked Washington-St. Louis volleyball team to a 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-14 win against No. 21 Pacific Lutheran at the WU/ASICS National Invitational.
Dupont was one of three Bears named to the WU/ASICS National Invitational all-tournament team, joining sophomore teammates Nkiru Udenze and Cassie Wang.
After dropping sets two and three to fall into a 2-1 hole against Pacific Lutheran, Washington-St. Louis battled to a 25-22 win in the fourth set to force a fifth set.
In the deciding set, the Bears hit .562 with nine kills and no errors on 16 attacks to win the set 15-4. Washington jumped on top of the Lutes, 11-0, behind five kills and three blocks, to take command of the fifth set. The Bears got their first match-point opportunity at 14-2 after a kill by Dupont, before back-to-back kills by Pacific Lutheran made it 14-4. Senior Meghan Byrne tooled the Pacific Lutheran block to end the match, giving Washington the 15-4 win in set five.
No. 7 Washington (Mo.) 3, No. 3 Wittenburg 1
Washington led 9-7 early against Wittenberg before reeling off an 8-1 run to open up a 17-8 lead. It was all Bears from there as they cruised to a 25-13 win in the opening set. Washington hit .419 in the first set, including five kills on eight swings (.625) for Dupont, compared with .143 hitting for the Tigers.
A 6-0 run for Wittenberg, including three ace serves, midway through the second set gave the Tigers a 14-12 lead. After a timeout by the Bears, Udenze smashed a kill down the line to end the run. The Bears regained the lead for good at 17-16 on a kill by Dupont, which sparked an 8-2 run for Washington. After a kill and a block by the Tigers made it 24-20, a kill by Udenze to the middle of the court ended the set and gave the Bears a 2-0 lead in the match.
Wittenberg led through much of the third set, but a block by Sheredy and Nelligan tied the score at 20-20. The Tigers answered with a 5-1 run to take the set, 25-21, and force a fourth set. In the final set, three consecutive kills by Sheredy helped Washington build an early 6-2 lead. The Tigers made it 13-11 on a solo block by Andrea Behling, but Washington finished the match with a 12-2 run, including four kills by Dupont, to seal the win, 25-13.
Dupont had a monster match again for the Bears, hitting a blistering .586 with 17 kills and no errors on 29 attacks, while also tallying a career-best six digs. Sheredy recorded a double-double with 14 kills and a match-high 16 digs, while Byrne added 10 kills. Nelligan and Udenze finished with nine kills each. Katagiri posted 14 digs, while Zastrow and Wang dished out 23 and 21 assists, respectively.
No. 8 Emory 3, Randolph-Macon 2
The Eagles upped their season record to 7-0 following a 3-2 come-from-behind triumph (23-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 15-10) against host Randolph-Macon.
Facing a 2-1 deficit after three sets in the Randolph-Macon match, Emory rose to the challenge and held the Yellow Jackets to a .033 hitting percentage.
Cat McGrath registered a team-high 12 kills and turned in a solid hitting percentage of .476 (12-2--21). McGrath also chipped in six blocks assists. Leah Jacobs accounted for 11 successful put-aways while Jessica Holler rang up 10 kills and five (2-3) total blocks. Sydney Miles doled out 41 assists and Taylor Erwin totaled a season-high 28 digs, her third-highest career total.
No. 8 Emory 3, Trinity (Texas) 1
No. 8 Emory toppled Trinity (Texas) 3-1 (25-22, 27-25, 28-30, 25-14).
Emory hit .263 (73-22--194) against Trinity while the Tigers finished with a .207 (52-16--174) effort. Junior Kate Bowman led all players with a career-high 19 kills while contributing 12 digs. Junior Cat McGrath pounded out 16 kills, her second-highest career total, and hit a solid .344 (16-5--320.
Junior Leah Jacobs and freshman Jessica Holler rounded out the team's top attackers with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Sophomore Sydney Miles aided in the victory with her career-high 62 assists ranking 10th on the Eagles' single-game list. Sophomore Taylor Erwin led all players with 27 digs in helping Emory to a 98-83 edge in that department. Emory's final digs total tied for the No. 12 spot on the school's single-match chart.
No. 10 Cal Lutheran 3, Linfield 0
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Regals won on Saturday, defeating both Linfield 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-21).
Lutheran limited Linfield to a .096 attacking percentage. The Regals totaled 59 digs as team while holding the Wildcats to just 25 kills in three sets.
Linfield (4-2) was led by Kailana Ritte-Camara who tallied nine kills in the loss.
No. 10 Cal Lutheran 3, Texas Lutheran 0
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Cal Lutheran topped Texas Lutheran 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-11) in the Saturday night-cap match.
Cal used 10 service aces to cruise past Texas Lutheran. Jackie Russell led the Regals with 27 assists and six service aces. McLogan had 12 kills while Rohach chipped in with seven. Defensively, Peters led CLU with 12 digs and Russell was second with 11.
For the tournament, Russell, an All-American setter, had 150 total assists, averaging 11.5 per set.