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Roundup: No. 6 Bluejays soar, earn two wins

No. 1 Calvin 3, St. Mary's (Ind.) 0

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team improved to 14-0 overall and to 6-0 in the MIAA with a 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 victory at Saint Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

Calvin hit .330 as a team in the win led by sophomore Maggie Kamp who tallied 12 kills and a .321 attack percentage.

Junior Emily Crowe and freshman Laura Danhoff had six kills apiece. Senior setter Megan Rietema had 29 assists and 12 digs. Crowe and junior Stacey Kamp had three block assists each. Senior Kristen Zietse had 16 digs while junior Elise Biesboer had three service aces.

Calvin has now won 44 consecutive MIAA regular season matches and is now 53-1 in its past 54 MIAA matches.

No. 2 Hope 3, Adrian 0

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Flying Dutch posted their 13th sweep of the season on Saturday, winning at Adrian 25-10, 25-14, 25-17 less than 24 hours after beating Saint Mary's in three sets at home.

Hope improved its overall record to 14-1 overall and its Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association mark to 5-1.

Junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer of Hudsonville recorded a match-high 20 kills for the Flying Dutch with a .545 kill percentage. She was one short of the school record she's reached twice and shares with Jacie Fiedler.

It is the second time this season Grasmeyer has reached the 20-kill plateau. She had 21 against the University of Chicago on Sept. 7.

Junior outside hitter Anna Lynch of Lake Odessa added nine kills for Hope.

St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, Gustavus 0

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The third-ranked Tommies held off a spirited Gustavus effort to win 3-0 on Saturday night in Schoenecker Arena. UST prevailed 25-14, 25-21, and 25-23 to push its season win streak to 11 and its home court victory string to 31.

The Tommies (11-1 overall, 2-0 MIAC), who hit .282, were led by Sara Atkinson (.800 attack, 12 kills), Kelly Foley (11 kills), Paige Brimeyer (eight kills), Jill Greenfield (seven kills, seven digs) and McKenna Reagan (16 digs).

Head coach Thanh Pham won his 299th match in 11 seasons at St. Thomas.

For the Gusties, Alyssa Taylor had seven kills and seven blocks.

St. Thomas scored the last 10 points of the first set after GAC had pulled within 15-14. UST used a 9-4 run to close the second set with a four-point win and an 8-4 run to rally to win game three.

No. 4 Emory 3, Covenant 0

ATLANTA -- The Emory freshman class shined in the Covenant match, accounting for all 45 of the squad's kills while establishing a team season best with a .429 hitting percentage (45-9—84).  Sarah Maher was one of two Eagles to record double digits in kills with 11 terminations while Jessica Holler finished with a 1.000 hitting effort with 10 kills and no miscues in 10 opportunities. 

Junior Olivia Volarich dished out 23 assists and contributed three services and five digs to aid in the win while sophomore Taylor Erwin and freshman Ashley Cozart finished with 11 and 10 digs, respectively.  Emory held CC to a .000 attack percentage (16-16—86) and enjoyed a 45-27 margin in digs.

No. 4 Emory 3, Wellesley 1

ATLANTA -- After getting out the gate slowly and dropping the initial set to Wellesley, Emory regrouped and dominated the final three games, registering an impressive .438 hitting percentage (37-5—73) in that stretch, compared to The Blue's effort of .010 (25-24—96). The Eagles finished with a 59-50 advantage in digs and an 8-4 edge in total blocks. 

Junior Leah Jacobs tied for match honors with 16 kills, tying her second-highest career total, and concluded the contest with a .452 hitting performance (16-2—31).  Bowman totaled nine terminations and chipped in 15 digs while Holler capped off a fine weekend with seven successful attack attempts and a team-high tying five blocks (1-4).  

Sophomore Sydney Miles helped Emory to a final hitting mark of .342 (52-12—17) by doling out 39 assists while adding six kills and five blocks.

No. 6 Elmhurst 3, Benedictine 0

CHICAGO -- Elmhurst won its fifth consecutive contest with a convincing 25-10, 25-20, 25-18 win against Benedictine.

Sam Szarmach powered Elmhurst's offense with 13 kills, five digs and two blocks. Marci Novak added nine kills and seven digs while Kaitlyn Wilks, Megan Reynolds and Jess Suarez totaled five kills apiece.

Reynolds added a match-high six blocks in the victory for the Bluejays. Lauren Lorenz finished with a team-leading 22 assists while Katie Rueffer finished with 12 assists. Hannah Lessen totaled a team-high 12 digs in the win.

No. 6 Elmhurst 3, Christopher Newport 0

CHICAGO -- The Bluejays rattled off their sixth-consecutive victory in a match that featured two national semifinalists from the 2012 NCAA tournament.

The Bluejays pounded down 20 kills and committed just three errors in the opening set and then finished with 19 kills in the second set. The Bluejays closed the third set with 11 kills while Christopher Newport committed nine errors.

Three Bluejays reached double figures in kills. Wilks pounded down 14 kills while hitting .737 and adding four blocks. Novak added 12 kills, eight digs and three blocks while Szarmach totaled 11 kills and 10 digs.

Reynolds added seven kills and four blocks. Rueffer totaled 21 assists while Lorenz added 20. Lessen finished with a team-leading 12 digs.

No. 7 Mount Union 3, Wilmington 0

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- In the 25-10, 25-12, 25-15 sweep against Wilmington, sophomore Kara Berger led the Raiders with eight kills as junior Sara Brown tallied seven kills and three block assists. Junior Sarah Schleich recorded 21 assists and junior Lauren Mastroine notched 19 digs.

Junior Mel Patterson had 10 digs.

No. 7 Mount Union 3, Defiance 0

ALLIANCE, Ohio -- In the 25-18, 25-18, 25-21 win against Defiance, Mount Union's senior, Taylor Webb notched 14 kills as freshman Allison Twining had nine. Schleich and teammate junior Brittany Woodard each recorded double-digits assists with Schleich at 24 and Woodard at 16.

Twining tallied 11 digs with five block assists as Mastroine chipped in with 20 digs. 

No. 8 Juniata 3, No. 16 Eastern 1

ST. DAVIDS, Pa. -- Juniata improved to 12-0 today taking down No. 16 Eastern 3-1 (26-28, 26-24, 25-15, 25-22). In a clash of top ranked opponents, Juniata raked in five service aces, 57 kills, and a .262 hitting percentage. Junior Amelia Kepler finished with a match-high 17 kills.

Freshman Nakita Gearhart had a breakout performance earning a career-high 12 kills and hitting a career-high .348 attack percentage. Senior Rachelle Wiegand and junior Christine Sumner rounded out the top offensive threats for Juniata with 11 and nine kills, respectively.

No. 10 St. Benedict (Minn.) 3, St. Catherine 0

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. -- St. Benedict was firing on all cylinders Saturday as they took a 3-0 win against visiting St. Catherine in MIAC action.

The Blazers (12-1, 1-1 MIAC) earned their first conference win of the season, rebounding from their loss earlier the week in the league opener, taking set wins of 25-7, 25-14 and 25-16. They hit a combined .356 on the day, which included a Blazing .414 in the second set.

The visiting Wildcats (6-10, 0-2 MIAC) drop their third consecutive, and struggled all day, hitting just -.012 for the match, finishing with more errors (18) than kills (17).

Lexi Rinde led the way, charting 11 kills to finish as the only player in double figures, while hitting .529. The Blazers had 41 kills as a team, topping the 40-mark for the 11th time this season.