WALTHAM, Mass. -- Emory's bid to defend its University Athletic Association championship title fell short Saturday afternoon as the Eagles came out on the short end against No. 20 Chicago in the title clash. The Maroons raised their overall record to 26-10 following a 3-1 victory (21-25, 28-26, 25-19, 25-21) against the Eagles who slipped to 30-4. Chicago's win represented the first time since 1988 that a team other than Emory or Washington (Mo.) had won the conference crown.
Chicago turned in a hitting percentage of .237 (66-24—177) compared to the Eagles' .197 (54-20—173), just the fifth time this year than an opponent finished with an edge against Emory in that category. The Maroons held a slim 84-81 advantage in digs and each team recorded eight total blocks.
Emory freshman Sarah Maher was one of four players to record double-figure kills, leading the team with a season-high 12 terminations and turning in an attack percentage of .320 (12-4—25). Junior Leah Jacobs came through with 11 successful attack attempts, running her streak to six consecutive contests with double digits in that department.
No. 2 Calvin 3, No. 1 Hope 2
HOLLAND, Mich. -- A triple feature of Calvin-Hope MIAA championship contests accumulated in an evening matchup between the top two volleyball teams in Division III. With a Hope victory in men’s soccer and a Calvin win in women’s soccer, volleyball was set up as the rubber match between the two long-time rivals.
Like anyone would expect between two highly ranked and skilled teams, the match came down to the wire, with Calvin claiming the five-set victory 20-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12.
The first set saw Hope claim a five-point victory. The Flying Dutch hit .368 in the first set, recording four blocks on the Knights. Anna Lynch and Jenna Grasmeyer each had four kills in set one without committing an error.
The Knights responded with a hard-fought 25-22 victory. Calvin held the Flying Dutch to a hitting percentage of .081. Senior Kristi Zietse was huge in set two for the Knights, tallying eight digs while senior Megan Rietema had four kills.
Hope again took a set lead with a 25-20 win in the third set. The teams were tied at 17-17 before a surge from the Flying Dutch and an 8-3 run closed out the set. Neither team hit well in set three, but Grasmeyer tallied seven kills for Hope.
Set four was an impressive showing from the Knights, rebounding from the set three loss for a 25-15 victory. Hope hit -.050 in the set while Calvin’s front line tallied four blocks.
In the decisive fifth set, errors hurt the Knights out of the break. Three errors by the Knights allowed the Flying Dutch to build a 7-2 lead. A kill from sophomore Maggie Kamp and five consecutive errors by Hope then gave Calvin an 8-7 lead before the teams switched sides of the court.
No. 3 Cal Lutheran 3, No. 24 Claremont-Mudd-Scrips 0
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Top-seeded Cal Lutheran remained unbeaten against Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) teams by defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (25-17, 26-24, 25-14) in the 2013 SCIAC Post Season Volleyball Tournament championship match.
En route to its third SCIAC Post Season Tournament title in four years Cal Lutheran also locked up the 200th career victory in the head coaching career of Kellee Roesel.
On a night when CLU hit .383 as a team, Kylie McLogan put down a match-high 21 kills, nearly equaling the total of the entire CMS unit (27). On 34 swings she hit at a .529 clip for the Regals. Allie Eason was just as effective and recorded timely and key kills, finishing with 14, also leading the Violet and Gold with 13 digs. Eason and Lauren Rohach both hit better than .400 at .407 and .429, respectively. Jackie Russell had another steady night with 38 assists and a trio of service aces to share the team lead with McLogan.
Defensively, also breaking into double figures for digs with Eason was Nicki Tetherow who contributed 11 while Russell added seven. Hayley Tamagni had three of the 10 block assists and Pua Mo’okini-Oliveira had a pair.
No. 4 St. Thomas (Minn.) 3, No. 7 St. Benedict (Minn.) 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It was déjà vu for the St. Benedict as they fell in five sets to host St. Thomas for the second consecutive year in the MIAC championship match.
The similarities ran all the way through the match, as the No. 7 ranked Blazers took their wins in the first and third sets again. But as was the case last year, the No. 4-ranked Tommies regrouped to take the fourth and fifth sets for the win.
When it was all said and done, the set scores went 25-19, 10-25, 26-16, 15-25, 11-15.
St. Thomas wins the MIAC tournament title for the second conscutive season, and earns the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, while the Blazers must now wait until the selections are announced Monday to see if they are in and where they are going.
No. 5 Elmhurst 3, Millikin 1
ELMHURST, Ill. -- Elmhurst earned its third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament by defeating Millikin in four sets to capture the CCIW tournament championship.
Elmhurst downed Millikin 25-19, 25-11, 21-25, 25-18 to record its 13th consecutive victory and improve to 35-4 on the season. Millikin finished the season with a 27-11 overall record.
Kaitlyn Wilks led the Bluejays' balanced attack with 15 kills and 10 digs while hitting .444. Megan Reynolds added 10 kills and a match-high six blocks while hitting a team-leading .744. Sam Szarmach added 13 kills for the Bluejays and Marci Novak totaled 11 kills and a team-leading 18 digs. Katie Rueffer totaled a team-leading 22 assists while Hannah Nimrick finished with 16.
Carnegie Mellon 3, No. 8 Washington (Mo.) 2
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Washington (Mo.) lost to Carnegie Mellon 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 24-26, 9-15 to finish in fourth place at the UAA championship Saturday at Brandeis.
Washington U. finished the regular season with a 26-7 record. The Bears will await an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The selection show for the 2013 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship is scheduled to air on Monday on NCAA.com.
Both teams finished the match hitting .139, but Washington U. hit just .038 in the fourth and fifth sets combined. Sheredy led the Bears with 15 kills and 17 digs, including seven kills in the first set. Byrne finished with 12 kills, while Blood hit .333 with a season-high 11 kills and five digs. Dupont added 10 kills, while Nelligan had a team-high seven blocks to go with her six kills. Sophomore Cassie Wang notched her 10th double-double of the season with 35 assists and 12 digs, while sophomore Allison Zastrow finished with 17 assists. Katagiri recorded a team-high 23 digs, while Marvi finished with 17 digs and three aces.
No. 9 Juniata 3, Susquehanna 1
HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- In a battle of the tournament's top seeded teams, Juniata claimed the 2013 Landmark Conference title 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 25-10) against second seed Susquehanna. The Eagles earned their seventh consecutive Landmark title, finishing with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play, including tournament wins against Scranton in the semifinals and Susquehanna in the championship.
Susquehanna carried the hope of upset all the way to 4-4 in in the fourth set, before Juniata's power became too much and the Eagles took the 9-4 lead. Gearhart and Miller tag-teamed the set to the midway 13-6 lead. On the service of freshman Kelly Reynolds, Juniata bolstered its lead to 20-8 and junior Christine Sumner brought down three of the last four points for the 25-10 victory and Juniata's seventh Landmark title.
No. 10 Mount Union 3, Heidelberg 0
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Mount Union, ranked No. 10 in the nation, defeated Heidelberg 3-0 in the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament championship match Saturday.
The Purple Raiders move to 30-4 overall as the Student Princes fall to 18-15 overall. Mount Union receives the 2013 OAC automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. This is the fourth time in school history and third consecutive season the Raiders have reached the NCAA tournament.
Mount Union and Heidelberg squared off in the championship match after being the regular season co-champions. After a back-and-forth first set, the Raiders came out on top 31-29. Mount Union would keep the pressure taking the second set 25-14 and going up 2-0 in the championship match. The Raiders would go on for the 3-0 win with a 25-18 third-set victory.