NCAC Weekly Release (9-8-14) - Volleyball

NCAC Weekly Release (9-8-14) - Volleyball

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North Coast volleyball squads continued their early season success against non-conference opponents last week as the nine teams combined to post an overall record of 19-13. 23rd-ranked DePauw ran its winning streak to five-straight following three straight-set victories over Spalding, Otterbein and Centre, while fifth-ranked Wittenberg went 2-1 over the weekend in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Washington University ASICS Invitational.

ALLEGHENY logged its second consecutive 3-1 weekend after finishing second at Muhlenberg’s Buttermaker Tournament. The Gators collected wins against Baruch, 3-1, Moravian, 3-0, and Shenandoah, 3-1, with its only loss coming against host Muhlenberg, 3-1, on Saturday. Junior Taylor Samuel (Toms River, NJ/Toms River) and freshman Justine Kelly (Seattle, WA/Mountlake Terrace) were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Samuel logged 60 kills over the four matches, including a career-high 19 against Shenandoah, while Kelly added 149 set assists on the weekend.

DENISON knocked off Capital, 3-1, in its home opener last Wednesday. Sophomore Rachele Lock (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) led DU with 13 kills in her 2014 debut, while rookie Leah Reinfranck (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) and junior Brittany Perry (Tiffin, OH/Calvert) added 12 and 10 kills, respectively.

DEPAUW, ranked 23rd in the most recent AVCA national poll, ran its winning streak to five-straight after reeling off three straight-set victories over Spalding, Otterbein and Centre at the Hanover Invitational. Junior libero Keely McGrath (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) led the Tigers over the weekend with 53 digs and five service aces.

HIRAM went 3-1 last weekend at the Baldwin Wallace Marcia French Memorial Tournament. The Terriers went 2-0 on Friday with straight-set wins over Muskingum and Grove City, before splitting a pair of matches on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Baldwin Wallace and a 3-0 loss against John Carroll. Senior Tierra Moore (Canton, OH/South) passed out 139 set assists and smashed five service aces in 12 total sets, while senior Regina Zyle (Cleveland, OH/Beaumont) finished with 66 digs en route to being named to the All-Tournament Team.

KENYON head coach Amanda Krampf earned her first two collegiate victories on Saturday at the Earlham Quaker Classic, posting wins over Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn, 3-0, and Earlham, 3-1. The Ladies were then upended twice on Sunday against Trinity International, 3-0, and Franklin, 3-0. In 16 total sets on the weekend, freshman middle blocker Lauren Kerr (Palo Alto, CA/Platinum) led the Ladies with 39 kills, 20 blocks (12 solo, 8 asst.) and two service aces.

OBERLIN opened the week with a 3-2 loss at Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday, before falling to SUNY-Geneseo, 3-0, at home on Friday and knocking off Franciscan, 3-1, on Saturday for its first home victory of the season. The Yeowomen will now take a 3-4 record into this weekend’s Wooster Kilt Classic.

OHIO WESLEYAN finished in a tie for second out of eight teams at the Rose-Hulman Invitational after finishing the two-day event with a 3-1 record, earning wins over Illinois College, 3-0, Anderson, 3-0, and Illinois Tech, 3-0. Freshman outside hitter Iris Anderson (Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) was named to the All-Tournament Team after accumulating 51 digs and 26 kills in 12 total sets, including a 13-dig, eight-kill and four-block performance against Illinois Tech.

WITTENBERG, ranked fifth in the most recent AVCA national poll, went 2-1 at the Washington Univ. ASICS Invitational in St. Louis, sweeping Wheaton (IL) and Southwestern before dropping a 3-2 decision against No. 12 Wash. Univ. Junior Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) posted a .337 hitting percentage with 38 kills and 12 service aces, while senior Meghan Vodopich (Canton, OH/Massillon Perry) dished out 105 set assists over the weekend.

WOOSTER picked up its first victory of the season on Saturday with a 3-0 triumph over Pitt.-Bradford at the Baldwin Wallace Marcia French Memorial Tournament. Sophomore middle hitter Lydia Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) earned All-Tournament Team accolades after putting down 42 kills over the four-match stretch at B-W, including a career-high 14 kill effort in a 3-1 loss against Capital on Friday.