No. 1 Calvin 3, No. 6 Washington-St. Louis 0

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball continued to roll, defeating sixth-ranked Washington University of St. Louis. Calvin defeated Washington University late in the afternoon by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 26-24.

Calvin roared through the opening two sets, hitting .407 in set one and .350 in set two. The Bears (8-2 overall) stiffened in set three however, building a 23-22 lead and then a 24-23 advantage with a chance to serve for the set. The Knights rallied for three consecutive points, using a kill from sophomore Maggie Kamp (Orland Park, IL/Chicago Christian HS), an attack error by the Bears and a match-ending service ace by senior Kristen Zietse

No. 1 Calvin 3, Heidelberg 0

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- Later Friday night, Calvin topped Heidelberg 25-17, 25-13, 25-19.

In the win against Heidelberg, Calvin hit .302 as a team and received significant contributions from junior Emily Crowe (Granger, IN, Mishawaka Penn HS) who tallied 11 kills and a .421 attack percentage. Maggie Kamp had 12 kills and seven digs. Rietema had 35 assists, eight kills and eight digs. Zietse had 14 digs while Biesboer had three service aces.

No. 2 Emory 3, Millsaps 0

The No. 2-ranked Emory volleyball team remained undefeated Friday evening as it came away with a pair of wins on the opening day of competition at the Emory Volleyball Classic. The Eagles opened with a 3-0 triumph (25-13, 25-13, 25-18) against Millsaps.

Emory spread around its offensive attack in the Millsaps contest with five players totaling five or more kills including junior Cat McGrath who produced a team-high eight terminations to go along with a keen .545 attack percentage (8-2—11). 

Junior Leah Jacobs chalked up seven successful attack attempts and finished with a .375 hitting mark. Freshman Jessica Holler posted six kills and was second high on the team with four blocks. For the match, Emory hit .277 (39-16—83) while limiting the Majors to .000 (22-22—90). Sophomore Taylor Erwin led all players with 13 digs and helped the Eagles to a 39-25 edge in that category.

No. 2 Emory 3, No. 12 Christopher Newport 1

Playing before a large and boisterous crowd against Christopher Newport, the Eagles broke a 1-1 deadlock in the match with an efficient offensive attack that saw it hit .338 (27-5—65) in the final two sets while limiting the Captains to an effort of .005 (21-17—80). Emory concluded the battle with a .272 hitting (60-20—147) performance vs. CNU's .097 (41-26—154).  

Junior Kate Bowman led a quartet of Eagles to finish in double figures with a match-high 16 terminations while also contributing 15 digs, her fourth double-double of the campaign. McGrath was a dominant force both offensively and defensively with 13 kills, a .407 attack percentage (13-2—27) and a career-high seven total blocks (2-5). 

The Eagles enjoyed a 10-6 advantage in blocks as well as a decisive 72-58 cushion in digs. Jacobs and freshman Jessica Holler rounded out the squad's double-figure terminators with 11 kills each. Erwin paced all players with 23 digs, her fifth match of 20 or more this year, while sophomore Sydney Miles dished out 49 assists.

No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, Wisconsin-Platteville 1

UST scored a 3-1 win against UW-Platteville, 25-17, 22-25, 25-16, 25-15.


No. 4 Elmhurst 3, Whitman 0

LA VERNE, Calif. -- Elmhurst, ranked fourth in the latest AVCA Division III poll, opened the day with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-13 victory against Whtiman.

Elmhurst won their seventh consecutive match of the season with a three-set sweep of Whitman.

Megan Reynolds paced the Bluejays with 11 kills and six blocks. Sam Szarmach added 10 kills, eight digs and three blocks while Kaitlyn Wilks chipped in with nine kills. Marci Novak pounded down six kills in Elmhurst's win while Hannah Lessen led the squad in digs with 14. Hannah Nimrick led the Bluejays with 15 assists while Lauren Lorenz added 14.

UC Santa Cruz 3, No. 4 Elmhurst 0

LA VERNE, Calif. -- The Bluejays suffered their first loss of the season in a three-set defeat to UC-Santa Cruz.

Elmhurst struggled from the start, never leading while dropping both of the opening two sets. UC-Santa Cruz quickly jumped out in front in the third set, building a 12-8 lead before the Bluejays surged back. Elmhurst evened the score at 16-16 before building a 20-18 advantage, but the Bluejays' couldn't hold the lead as the Banana Slugs outscored Elmhurst 7-2 in the final nine points to put the match away.

No. 5 Hope 3, No. 6 Washington-St. Louis 2

WITTENBERG, Ohio -- The No. 5 Flying Dutch improved to 10-0 overall by topping sixth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis in four sets.

The second-set loss was Hope's first of the season. The Flying Dutch won their first 25 sets of the season. The school record for consecutive sets won is 27 (1997).

No. 5 Hope 3, No. 8 Otterbein 0

WITTENBERG, Ohio -- No. 5 Hope swept eighth-ranked Otterbein in three consecutive sets.

Against Otterbein, Hope won 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 as Grasmeyer recorded a match-high 15 kills. Lynch added six, as did senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster and junior middle hitter Jillian Sommerville.

No. 7 Cal Lutheran 3, Southwestern 1

The No. 7 Regals dropped the first set to Southwestern before winning the next three for a 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-17, 27-25) victory against the Pirates.

Game 1 featured CLU’s 2012 NCAA West Regional first round opponent in Southwestern. After the Pirates jumped out to a first-set 25-22 victory, the Regals offense got back on track and eventually collected 65 kills throughout the match which was the third-highest total this season. CLU fought off a stubborn Pirates squad in the second set 25-23 before cruising in the third set 25-17. In the final set, CLU had game-point twice before it closed out Southwestern at 27-25.

No. 7 Cal Lutheran 3, No. 12 Christopher Newport 2

In the night-cap, No. 7 Cal Lutheran won a five-set thriller against No. 13 Christopher-Newport 3-2 (25-20, 20-25, 25-10, 24-26, 15-10).

Game two brought a rematch of last year’s five-set match between the Regals and the Captains where CNU won 3-2. The 2013 edition required five sets again but it was the Regals who came out on top this time thanks to a season-high 68 kills including 20 from Eason and 14 from Rohach.

In the first set, CLU came out swinging, notching 18 kills on 44 swings for a 25-20 victory. The Captains responded in the second set by forcing eight Regal attack errors and capturing a 25-20 win. CLU cleaned up its offense in the third set, surrendering only one attack error on 36 swings with 15 kills and hitting .389 as team to take the set 25-10.

CNU would rally in the final points to take the fourth set 26-24 but the Regals would not be beat for the second year in a row, holding steady in the final set and winning 15-10 for its eighth win of the year.

Juniata 3, No. 10 Wittenberg 0

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- The Wittenberg Tigers continued to search for a winning combination against nationally ranked teams as they dropped a 3-0 decision to Juniata to cap the opening day of the Wittenberg Fall Classic.

The loss dropped Wittenberg to 2-5 on the season, with all five defeats coming against teams ranked in the top 20 currently. Ranked 16th in the latest poll, Juniata is unbeaten at 10-0 after beating Ohio Northern and Wittenberg, both in consecutive sets.