Following two weeks of NCAC volleyball action, Hiram (2-0,
14-2), No. 6 Wittenberg (2-0, 11-3) and No. 20 DePauw (2-0, 13-4)
are tied at the top of the league standings, while Ohio Wesleyan
(2-1, 12-4) sits alone in fourth. Conference squads return to the
court this week with three league matches on Tuesday, one each on
Thursday and Friday, and two more on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY opened the week with a 3-0 triumph over Pitt.-Bradford on Wednesday, before posting a 2-2 record at the Gallaudet Worthington Classic over the weekend. The Gators knocked off DeSales, 3-2, on Friday and Rowan, 3-0, on Saturday. Sophomore outside hitter Bailey Gawley (Lackawanna, NY/Immaculata Acad.) accumulated 48 kills on the week, which included a 14-kill performance in the come-from-behind victory over DeSales.
DENISON went 1-2 last week, dropping matches at Ohio Northern, 3-1, and Hiram, 3-2, before rebounding with a straight-set victory over Alma on Saturday. Junior Elena Lein (Athens, OH/Athens) registered 41 kills on the week, including a season-best 17 against Hiram. Lein, who also collected 13 blocks (3 solo, 10 asst.), posted a .416 hitting percentage on the week and accounted for 49 Big Red points.
DEPAUW, ranked 20th in the most recent AVCA national poll, saw its 11-match winning streak come to a close last week after dropping three non-conference matches against No. 7 Mt. Union, 3-1, Geneva, 3-2, and Carnegie Mellon, 3-0. However, the Tigers did stay perfect in league play after earning a straight-set win over Wooster on Sunday.
HIRAM knocked off Heidelberg, 3-1, on Tuesday and stayed perfect in league play with a 3-2 triumph over Denison on Saturday, but the Terriers saw their eight-match winning streak snapped in their final match on Saturday following a 3-2 loss against Alma. Senior setter Tierra Moore (Canton, OH/South) finished the week with 135 set assists, which included a pair of season-best performances as she dished out 51 assists against both Heidelberg and Denison.
KENYON lost three matches against OAC foes last week, falling to Muskingum, 3-0, Marietta, 3-0, and Heidelberg, 3-0. Freshman middle blocker Lauren Kerr (Palo Alto, CA/Platinum) was the Ladies top offensive threat on the week with 27 total kills.
OBERLIN dropped a pair of straight-set matches last week, falling to Capital on Friday and Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.
OHIO WESLEYAN went 1-1 in league action last week, dropping a 3-1 decision against No. 6 Wittenberg on Wednesday, before topping Oberlin in straight-sets on Saturday. Freshman outside hitter Brianna La Croix (Woodland Hills, CA/Sierra Canyon) led the Bishops with 10 kills in the win over the Yeowomen, while sophomore middle blocker Shelby Ksiazek (Littleton, CO/Regis Jesuit) finished the week with 12 kills, five digs, five blocks (1 solo, 4 asst.) and two service aces.
WITTENBERG, ranked sixth in the most recent AVCA national poll, won three matches last week thanks in part to eight service aces from junior Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) and 10 total blocks by sophomore Kendall Farmer (Gurnee, IL/Warren Twp.). The Tigers opened the week with a 3-1 league win over Ohio Wesleyan, before collecting a pair of 3-0 victories in non-conference action on Saturday against Bluffton and Transylvania.
WOOSTER opened play last week with a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Franciscan; however, the Fighting Scots rounded out the week on Sunday with a pair of 3-0 losses against No. 20 DePauw and Carnegie Mellon. Sophomore middle hitter Lydia Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown), who led the team with 14 kills and 11 digs in the win over Franciscan, finished the week with 29 kills, 19 digs and six blocks (2 solo, 4 asst.).