No. 1 Calvin 3, Albion 1
ALBION, Mich. -- The top-ranked Calvin women’s volleyball team received a Friday night scare at Albion before prevailing 25-9, 25-13, 22-25, 26-24.
The Knights improve to 17-0 overall and to 9-0 in the MIAA. Calvin has now won 47 consecutive MIAA matches. Friday marked Calvin’s first lost set against an MIAA opponent since the MIAA Tournament finals last fall when the Knights outlasted Hope in five sets.
Through the opening two sets, it appear Calvin would breeze its way to another three-set win, hitting .500 as a team in both set one and two. Albion (5-12 overall, 1-8 MIAA) turned the tide around in set three with six service aces while Calvin committed four service errors.
In set four, Calvin fell behind 23-20 but rallied to tie the score at 23 and the fought off a set point at 24-23 as sophomore Maggie Kamp came up with a clutch kill to tie the score at 24.
No. 2 Hope 3, Alma 0
ALMA, Mich. -- Outside hitter Anna Lynch and second-ranked Hope cruised to a 25-19, 25-22, 25-17 win at Alma on Friday night in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) action.
The Flying Dutch pushed their win streak to five matches as they improved to 17-1 overall and 8-1 in MIAA matches. They remain in second place in league play.
Lynch, a junior, led Hope by totaling a match-high 11 kills. It was her third highest single-game effort of the season.
Senior middle hitter Mari Schoolmaster, junior outside hitter Jenna Grasmeyer and junior Amy VanderStoep added eight kills apiece for the Flying Dutch.
No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, Luther 0
No. 3 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, Wartburg 0
WAVERLY, Iowa -- St. Thomas (Minn.) scored two 3-0 wins Friday at the Wartburg tournament in Waverly, Iowa. The Tommies topped Iowa Conference foes Luther, 25-15, 26-24, 25-20, and Wartburg 28-26, 25-17, 26-24.
UST (16-1) has won 16 in a row and 51 of its last 52. The Toms play Coe and No. 6-ranked Elmhurst on Saturday to close out the tournament.
In the Wartburg victory, Jill Greenfield notched 14 kills and nine digs; Paige Brimeyer had eight kills and three blocks; Sara Atkinson had eight kills; Maddie Reese had 25 assists and three aces; and McKenna Reagan finished with 22 digs.
In the Luther match, UST hit .377. Kelly Foley had nine kills and three blocks; Greenfield recorded nine kills and eight digs; Katie Maher added 19 assists and two aces; and Atkinson and Brimeyer each had seven kills.
No. 5 Cal Lutheran 3, Chapman 1
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- In a battle between the top teams in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) standings, it was No. 5 Cal Lutheran that started fast and withstood a furious rally from Chapman to win 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 18-25, 25-23).
With the win, Cal Lutheran improved to 6-0 in conference play and is now alone in first place in the standings. The Regals were led by Kylie McLogan and Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira, who combined for 27 kills and 16 digs.
No. 6 Elmhurst 3, Bethel 0
DECORAH, Iowa -- Elmhurst breezed to a 25-13, 25-22, 25-13 win against Bethel to open the tournament. The Bluejays hit .309 as a team with just 13 errors.
Megan Reynolds powered the Elmhurst attack, finishing with 10 kills and a match-high six blocks. Sam Szarmach added nine kills and seven digs while Kaitlyn Wilks added six kills. Marci Novak and Hannah Nimrick finished with four kills apiece for the Bluejays. Novak added 10 digs and two aces while Nimrick chipped in 11 assists. Lauren Lorenz led the squad in assists with 17 while also contributing eight digs. Hannah Lessen turned in a team-leading 15 digs.
Bethel was led by Carlee Hoppe's seven-kill, eight-dig performance.
No. 6 Elmhurst 3, Concordia-Moorhead 0
DECORAH, Iowa -- The Bluejays won their 12th consecutive match with an easy 25-18, 25-12, 25-9 win against Concordia-Moorhead. The Bluejays pounded down 52 kills while adding committing only 10 errors, hitting .429 as a squad.
Novak powered the attack with 15 kills and 12 digs while hitting .619 (15-2-21) for the match. Szarmach added 11 kills while hitting .529. Reynolds added six kills while Wilks, Katie Rueffer and Jess Suarez finished with five kills apiece. Lorenz totaled a team-leading 17 assists while Rueffer finished with 16. Lessen added 16 digs for the Bluejays in the win.
Concordia was led by Kynndyl Ross' six kills.
No. 10 St. Benedict (Minn.) 3, Dubuque 0
WINONA, Minn. -- St. Benedict (Minn.) opened the SMU Cardinal Invitational with a 3-0 win against Dubuque on Friday.
Coming off a disappointing loss to No. 3 St. Thomas earlier in the week, the Blazers (15-2) made quick work of the Spartans (8-11), getting great play across the board.
Offensively, the Blazers hit .421, their third best tally of the season. On defense, they held the Spartans to a mere -.040, the second lowest for a CSB opponent all season.