NCAC Weekly Release (11-17-14) - Volleyball

NCAC Weekly Release (11-17-14) - Volleyball

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The 2014 North Coast volleyball season came to a close last weekend with DePauw (27-11) and Wittenberg (29-4) competing at NCAA Regional Tournaments.

Wittenberg hosted an eight-team regional at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio, while DePauw made the trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to compete at the Carthage College Regional.

The Wittenberg Tigers advanced to the regional championship match for the fifth year in a row after knocking off Cabrini, 3-0, in the quarterfinals and Mount Union, 3-1, in the semifinals, before falling to Hope, 3-2, in the regional championship match. The Tigers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over the Flying Dutch, 25-16, 25-19, but Hope turned the tables and won the next three sets, 25-16, 25-23, 15-13 to advance to next weekend’s national championship tournament at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. The Tigers, who are now 6-6 all-time in regional championship matches, were represented on the All-Tournament team by the junior duo of Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) and Kristina Fultz (Batavia, OH/Glen Este). Seidenstricker finished the tournament with 38 kills, 44 digs, six blocks (3 solo, 3 asst.) and five service aces, while Fultz amassed 53 digs, 26 kills and two service aces over the three matches combined.

The DePauw Tigers, who returned to the national tournament as an at-large selection for the second year in a row, earned their first win in program history in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night with a 3-0 triumph over Chicago. The Tigers were then eliminated from the regional tournament on Friday with a 3-0 loss against host Carthage. DPU sophomore middle hitter Elisabeth Wilson (Carterville, IL/Carterville) was named to the All-Tournament team after she accumulated 17 kills and a .515 hitting percentage over the two matches combined. She also contributed six blocks (2 solo, 4 asst.), four digs and four service aces for the Tigers.