Wittenberg (8-0, 21-3) has earned its league-leading 20th North
Coast volleyball title after picking up a pair of victories last
weekend against Hiram, 3-1, and Allegheny, 3-0. As league
champions, the Tigers have secured the hosting rights for the 2014
NCAC Tournament, which will be held in Springfield, Nov. 7-8. The
final seeds for the tournament will be announced on Wednesday night
following the completion of the conference portion of the regular
ALLEGHENY dropped three matches last weekend, falling in straight-sets against both DePauw and Wittenberg, while also suffering a 3-1 neutral site non-conference loss against Marietta on Saturday. A pair of freshman defenders established career-highs in digs against the Pioneers as Terra Schall (Kittanning, PA/Kittanning) collected 34 and Kylee Karczewski (South Bend, IN/George Washington) tallied 24.
DENISON moved to .500 on the season at 12-12 following a pair of league wins last week against Wooster, 3-0, and Kenyon, 3-1. Senior libero Emily Marguerite (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) collected 49 total digs on the week to push her career total to 2,155, which is tied for the school record held by DU Hall of Fame member Jaime Salay ‘97.
DEPAUW, which appears in the “Others Receiving Votes” portion of the most recent AVCA national poll, secured sole possession of second place in the final NCAC standings after defeating Allegheny, 3-0, and Hiram, 3-1, last weekend. Senior middle hitter Mary Kate Etling (Terre Haute, IN/North) closed out her home career strong by leading the team with 16 kills and a .467 hitting percentage against the Terriers. She also collected 11 kills against the Gators to finish the week with 27 kills and a .472 hitting percentage.
HIRAM fell to third-place in the NCAC standings following a pair of 3-1 losses last weekend against Wittenberg and DePauw. The Terriers can clinch sole possession of third in the final league standings with a win over Oberlin on Wednesday. Senior right-side hitter Jennifer Yardas (Moon Twp., PA/Moon) smashed 13 kills against Wittenberg on Friday and then tallied a season-high 16-kill effort on Saturday against DPU to finish the week with 29 kills and a .308 hitting percentage.
KENYON lost a pair tight conference matches last week, falling to Oberlin, 3-1, on Friday, and Denison, 3-1, on Saturday. Senior setter Hannah Shank (San Rafael, CA/Marin Acad.) dished out 16 assists against Denison to push her season total to 398 and her career total to 2,617. She currently ranks third all-time in Kenyon history and is just 20 assists shy of tying Sarah Brieschke ‘07 for second on the program’s all-time list.
OBERLIN turned in a perfect 3-0 week, defeating Case, 3-1, Kenyon, 3-1, and Wooster, 3-0. Sophomore Hannah Tyburski (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) registered 30 kills over the three matches combined, while sophomore setter Meredith Leung (Lomita, CA/Rolling Hills Prep) finished the week with 109 set assists, 37 digs, 12 kills and a .458 hitting percentage. In addition, junior Molly Powers (Chicago, IL/Resurrection College Prep) also added 60 digs and 12 service aces in 11 total sets on the week.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 3-0 victory over Wooster in its only action last week. The Battling Bishops can clinch sole possession of fourth-place in the final NCAC standings with a victory over Kenyon on Wednesday, and are still in play for a third-place tie with a win over KC and a Hiram loss against Oberlin. In the win over Wooster, freshman outside hitter Iris Anderson (Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) led the way by tallying 12 kills, a .500 hitting percentage and nine digs.
WITTENBERG, ranked fourth in the most recent AVCA national poll, claimed its 20th NCAC volleyball title last weekend with a pair of wins over Hiram, 3-1, and Allegheny, 3-0. The Tigers also collected a 3-0 non-conference win over Marietta on Saturday. Junior right-side hitter Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) smashed her 1,000th career kill in the win over Hiram, while sophomore outside hitter Camila Quinones (Sunbury, OH/Worthington Christian) finished the week with 25 kills and a .460 hitting percentage in eight total sets. In the win over Hiram, Quinones compiled an impressive .516 hitting percentage after totaling 16 kills and 0 errors in 31 total attempts.
WOOSTER was swept by three conference foes last week, including Denison, Ohio Wesleyan and Oberlin. The Fighting Scots will close out the conference portion of their schedule on Wednesday at Allegheny, before hosting Case on Saturday for its final regular season match.