With two weeks remaining on the North Coast volleyball regular
season schedule, Wittenberg (6-0, 18-3) and Hiram (5-0, 19-4) both
remain unbeaten in league play. However, one of the two will suffer
their first conference loss this Friday as Wittenberg hosts Hiram
at 7:00 p.m. in Springfield. There are nine total league matches on
the slate this week with one on Tuesday and four each on Friday and
ALLEGHENY topped Kenyon, 3-0, to celebrate Homecoming in Meadville on Saturday. Freshman Hannah Cubarney (Trafford, PA/Norwin) led the Gators with 11 kills and a .333 hitting percentage, while freshman Justine Kelly (Seattle, WA/Mountlake Terrace) dished out 29 set assists and senior Catherine Kasianowicz (Buffalo, NY/Mt. Mercy Acad.) collected 16 digs.
DENISON dropped a pair of 3-1 NCAC home matches last week against Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday and DePauw on Saturday. Junior Elena Lein (Athens, OH/Athens) finished the week with a .421 hitting percentage, 18 kills and nine total blocks (6 solo, 3 asst.), while sophomore Rachele Lock (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) had a team-high 21 kills.
DEPAUW, which appears in the “Others Receiving Votes” portion of the most recent AVCA national poll, opened play last week with a straight-set win over Rose-Hulman on Wednesday, before rallying for a 3-1 win at Denison on Saturday. The Tigers dropped the first set against the Big Red, but then rallied behind a 40-assist, 16-dig and 12-kill performance by junior setter Faith Rolwes (Chesterfield, MO/Villa Duchesne). Rolwes also added seven kills, 39 set assists and 10 digs in the Tigers’ 3-0 win over RHIT on Wednesday.
HIRAM went 1-1 last week, falling to Case, 3-2, on Tuesday, before defeating Ohio Wesleyan in straight-sets on Saturday. Sophomore Nikolette Scruggs (Barberton, OH/Barberton), who combined for 26 kills and a .523 hitting percentage in eight total sets last week, paced the Terriers in the win over OWU with eight kills on just 11 attempts for a .727 hitting percentage.
KENYON lost a pair of league matches in straight-sets last week against Wooster on Wednesday and Allegheny on Saturday. Freshman middle blocker Lauren Kerr (Palo Alto, CA/Platinum) led the Ladies on the week with 17 kills and three total blocks (1 solo, 2 asst.).
OBERLIN fell against No. 5 Wittenberg, 3-0, in its only action last week. The Yeowomen recorded 12 service aces in the match, led by sophomore Meredith Leung (Lomita, CA/Rolling Hills Prep) with five and junior Shavonne Stanek (Springboro, OH/Miami Valley) with four. Leung also added 16 set assists, while junior Molly Powers (Chicago, IL/Resurrection College Prep) led the defensive unit with eight digs.
OHIO WESLEYAN split a pair of league matches last week, defeating Denison, 3-1, on Wednesday, before falling to Hiram in straight-sets on Saturday. Freshman outside hitter Iris Anderson (Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) was one of four OWU players to log double-figure kills against the Big Red with 23 and added 13 more against Hiram to finish the week with 36 kills. In addition, Anderson also contributed 13 digs, four service aces, two set assists and two block assists in seven total sets last week.
WITTENBERG, ranked fifth in the most recent AVCA national poll, extended its winning streak to 12 with a pair of wins last weekend against No. 6 Mount Union, 3-1, on Friday and Oberlin, 3-0, on Saturday. In the win over the Purple Raiders, junior hitter Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) smashed 16 kills with a .452 hitting percentage and three total blocks (2 solo, 1 asst.). Sophomore Camila Quinones (Sunbury, OH/Worthington Christian) paced the Tigers in the win over Oberlin with 11 kills and a .625 hitting percentage.
WOOSTER knocked off Kenyon, 3-0, in its only action last week. Sophomore middle hitter Lydia Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) led the Fighting Scots in the victory with 10 kills, a .429 hitting percentage, five blocks (3 solo, 2 asst.), three service aces and three digs.