The three-way tie at the top of the North Coast volleyball
standings was broken last week as No. 5 Wittenberg (5-0, 16-3)
knocked off DePauw (4-1, 18-7) by a 3-1 margin on Tuesday.
Wittenberg and Hiram (4-0, 18-3) now stand as the league’s
lone unbeaten squads with both teams returning to the court for
conference action next Saturday against Oberlin (0-4, 8-14) and
Ohio Wesleyan (2-2, 13-8), respectively.
ALLEGHENY was upended by Hiram, 3-0, on Wednesday, before splitting a non-conference tri-match at Houghton on Saturday. The Gators knocked off Alfred, 3-0, but concluded the day by dropping a 3-0 decision against Houghton. Sophomore middle hitter Bailey Gawley (Lackawanna, NY/Immaculata Acad.) led the Gators with 15 kills and a .448 hitting percentage against the Terriers and finished the week with 32 kills, a .221 hitting percentage and six total blocks (3 solo, 3 asst.).
DENISON won a pair of straight-set matches last week against Oberlin and Franciscan to improve to 2-2 in league play and 10-10 overall. Sophomore Rachel Lock (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) and freshman Leah Reinfranck (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) paced the offense on the week with 15 and 14 kills, respectively, while freshmen Kristin Thewes (Austin, TX/St. Stephens Episcopal) and Kristen Brennan (Chicago, IL/Marist) each had four service aces on the week.
DEPAUW, which appears in the “Others Receiving Votes” section of the AVCA national poll, went 2-3 last week, earning wins against Wheaton (IL), 3-0, and Kalamazoo, 3-0. The Tigers three losses on the week came against teams ranked in the top five of the AVCA national poll, falling to No. 5 Wittenberg, 3-1, No. 1 Hope, 3-1, and No. 4 Calvin, 3-0. DePauw is just the fourth team this season to win a set against Hope.
HIRAM recorded a trio of 3-0 sweeps last week, defeating Allegheny in league action on Wednesday, before collecting a pair of non-conference wins on Saturday in New York against Rochester and Hilbert. Junior Lindsay Brewer (Barberton, OH/Manchester) had 22 kills in the win over Allegheny, while sophomore outside hitter Marissa Jay (Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) combined for 19 kills on Saturday.
KENYON had its best weekend of the 2014 season after compiling a 3-1 record at the Rowan Invitational in New Jersey. The Ladies won their first three matches of the event against Rowan, 3-2, Centenary (NJ), 3-0, and PSU-Abington, 3-1, before dropping a 3-0 decision against Hunter to close out play on Saturday afternoon. Freshman outside hitter Tierney McClure (Toledo, OH/Bowsher) was a dual threat for KC over the two-day stretch as she collected 47 digs, 44 kills and seven service aces.
OBERLIN turned in a 2-1 record last week, dropping a 3-0 decision against Denison on Wednesday, before earning a pair of 3-1 non-conference wins over Albion and Wilmington on Saturday. Junior Molly Powers (Chicago, IL/Resurrection College Prep) racked up 62 digs and nine service aces in the three matches combined.
OHIO WESLEYAN went 1-2 in non-conference action last week with a 3-0 win over Rose-Hulman and a pair of 3-0 losses against John Carroll and Hanover. In the win over RHIT on Saturday, freshman outside hitter Iris Anderson (Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) accumulated 15 kills and 10 digs to lead the Battling Bishops.
WITTENBERG, ranked fifth in the most recent AVCA national poll, remained unbeaten in league play on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over DePauw and improved to 16-3 overall over the weekend with a pair of straight-set wins at home against Washington & Lee and John Carroll. Sophomore Kendall Farmer (Gurnee, IL/Warren Twp.) led Wittenberg with 10 kills and a .381 hitting percentage against DePauw. Junior Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) paced the Tigers’ offensive unit on the week with 34 kills and nine service aces, while senior Kiah Murray (Yorktown, IN/Yorktown) bolstered the defensive unit with 55 digs.
WOOSTER head coach Sarah Davis became the winningest coach in program history following the Fighting Scots’ 3-1 win over Albion on Friday night. Davis, who has collected 130 wins in eight years at the helm, surpassed the team’s previous head coach Terri Mason who previously held the distinction with 129 career wins. In the win over Albion, sophomore outside hitter Savannah Moore (Burbank, OH/Northwestern) posted a double-double performance with 19 digs and 10 kills.