North Coast volleyball squads continued non-conference competition at early season tournaments last weekend, led by DePauw capturing the team title at Mt. St. Joseph’s Charlie Wrublewski Tournament with three wins over Heidelberg, Thomas More and MSJ. This weekend’s action is highlighted by Allegheny hosting its annual Gator Invitational and DePauw hosting its annual Tiger Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
ALLEGHENY finished the Susquehanna Crusader Classic with a 2-2 record, earning wins over Dickinson, 3-2, and Misericordia, 3-0. Sophomore Sarah Swartz (Pittsburgh, PA/N. Allegheny) totaled 28 kills and 15 blocks (10 solo, 5 asst.) over the weekend, including a 10-kill effort in the victory over Misericordia.
DENISON was the runners-up at the North Park Tournament, posting victories over Manchester, 3-0, Marian (WI), 3-0, and North Park, 3-1, before falling to eventual tournament champion St. Mary’s (MN), 3-0. Three Big Red players were named to the all-tournament team, including sophomore Kenzie Kuhn (Naperville, IL/Benet Acad.), sophomore Elena Lein (Athens, OH/Athens) and junior Emily Marguerite (Wilmette, IL/New Trier).
DEPAUW won the Mt. St. Joseph Charlie Wrublewski Tournament with three wins over Heidelberg, 3-0, Thomas More, 3-0, and MSJ, 3-1. Senior Kelly Doyle (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) and sophomore Keely McGrath (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) were both named to the all-tournament team for the Tigers. McGrath set the tone for the DPU defense on the weekend with 73 digs, including a 32-dig performance in the win over Heidelberg.
HIRAM opened the week with a 3-2 non-conference victory over John Carroll on Wednesday, before going 3-1 at the River City Classic in Marietta, Ohio. The Terriers opened the River City Classic with a 3-0 setback against Bethany, but rebounded for three-straight wins over Frostburg St., 3-0, Transylvania, 3-1, and Ohio Valley, 3-0.
KENYON dropped four matches over the weekend at the Rose-Hulman Invitational against Muskingum, 3-2, Webster, 3-0, Defiance, 3-0, and RHIT, 3-0. Senior Sierra DeLeon (Upper Marlboro, MD/Maret) did land a spot on the all-tournament team after finishing the two-day event with 44 kills, 15 digs and four blocks.
OBERLIN turned in an overall record of 3-2 last week, capped off by a third-place finish at the La Roche College Tournament. Junior Christine Anderson (Potomac, MD/Poolesville) provided versatility on the court for the Yeowomen throughout the week as she totaled 44 kills, 18 digs, 13 service aces and 7 block assists.
OHIO WESLEYAN got off to a rough start last week, falling 3-0 to Muskingum on Wednesday and dropping back-to-back 3-0 decisions against Defiance and Rose-Hulman at the Rose-Hulman Invitational on Saturday; however, the Battling Bishops bounced back on Sunday with a 3-1 triumph over Franklin and a 3-0 victory over Earlham at the Earlham Invitational. Senior middle hitter Tamra Londot (Utica, OH/Utica) again led the OWU attack as she logged 45 kills and 20 blocks (10 solo, 10 asst.) in 17 total sets.
WITTENBERG continued a grueling early season schedule at the Washington University/ASICS National Invitational last weekend. The Tigers opened the two-day event with a 3-0 loss against Pacific Lutheran on Friday event, defeated Ohio Northern, 3-0, on Saturday morning and then dropped a 3-1 decision against Washington (MO) on Saturday afternoon. In the victory over ONU, sophomore Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) paced the offense with 14 kills and a .480 hitting percentage, while junior Meghan Vodopich (Canton, OH/Massillon Perry) led the defense with 28 digs.
WOOSTER opened competition last week with a 3-0 non-conference victory over Franciscan, but concluded with week with a 1-3 record at Baldwin-Wallace’s Marcia French Memorial Invitational. The Fighting Scots lone win on the weekend came in straight-sets against Medaille on Friday evening. Senior outside hitter Paige Parker (Springfield, OH/West Liberty-Salem) was a key contributor for the Scots last week as she totaled 39 digs, 30 kills, five service aces and five blocks (1 solo, 4 asst.).