There was a shake up at the top of the NCAC volleyball standings last week with Wittenberg (5-0, 14-7) and Hiram (4-0, 16-6) sharing the top spot following Wittenberg’s 3-1 victory over DePauw (4-1, 18-3) on Tuesday in Greencastle. League matches continue this week with one on Tuesday, one on Wednesday and three more on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY fell against Hiram, 3-0, in its only action last week. Sophomore Taylor Samuel (Toms Rivers, NJ/Toms Rivers) posted a pair of team-highs in the match with 10 kills and four service aces.
DENISON improved its overall record to 15-5 following a 3-1 non-conference victory over Muskingum on Thursday. The win marked the Big Red’s first victory at Muskingum since the 2003 season. Freshman Rachele Lock (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) posted an impressive .405 hitting percentage in the win, including a career-high 17 kills.
DEPAUW posted a 1-2 record against nationally-ranked opponents last week, defeating No. 18 Wisc.-Whitewater, 3-0, while falling to No. 11 Wash. Univ., 3-0, and No. 13 Wittenberg, 3-1. The loss against Wittenberg on Tuesday snapped DPU’s 17-match win streak. Sophomore setter Faith Rolwes (Chesterfield, MO/Villa Duchesne) showed versatility on the court for the Tigers as she finished the week with 99 set assists, 20 digs, nine blocks (2 solo, 7 asst.), six kills and one service ace in 10 total sets.
HIRAM went 3-0 last week, including posting a straight-set league victory over Allegheny on Wednesday. Junior Jennifer Yardas (Moon Twp., PA/Moon) was the Terriers top threat on the week as she tallied five digs, 21 kills, 11 set assists and two block assists in nine total sets on the week.
KENYON made a mid-season trip to California last weekend, but the Ladies came home empty-handed as they dropped 3-0 matches against Pomona-Pitzer, Claremont-M-S and Whittier. Senior outside hitter Mary Jo Scott (La Canada, CA/La Canada) returned to her home state and led the Ladies offensively on the weekend with 26 kills and 26 digs in nine total sets.
OBERLIN fell in non-conference action against Case, 3-0, in its only match last week. Junior Christine Antonsen (Potomac, MD/Poolesville) had a team-high seven kills in the loss.
OHIO WESLEYAN dropped a pair of non-conference matches last week against Mt. Vernon Nazarene, 3-0, and West Virginia State, 3-0.
WITTENBERG opened play last week with a key 3-1 league victory over DePauw, before posting a 2-2 record in Michigan over the weekend against three of the nation’s top-10 teams. The Tigers opened play on Friday with a 3-1 win over No. 7 Mt. Union and a 3-0 loss against top-ranked Calvin, and then returned to action on Saturday with a 3-2 loss against No. 2 Hope and a 3-0 win against Bethany. Junior setter Meghan Vodopich (Canton, OH/Massillon Perry) was the Tigers’ most dominant player on the week as she totaled 178 set assists, 43 digs, 36 kills, a .418 hitting percentage, six blocks (2 solo, 4 asst.) and two service aces in 19 total sets. In the upset win over Mt. Union, she dished out 39 set assists and had nine kills on just one error in 15 attempts for a .533 hitting percentage.
WOOSTER was upended in its first match last week against Ohio Northern, 3-0, before topping Wayne College, 3-0, in its second non-conference match of the week on Thursday. Freshman middle hitter Anna Emmick (Avon, IN/Cardinal Ritter) had a breakout performance in the win over Wayne College with career-highs in kills (10) and solo blocks (3).