NCAC regular season and tournament champion Wittenberg (27-2) advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament after a 3-1 victory over host Juniata in the regional finals. Boxscore
The Tigers jumped to an early 2-0 lead with scores of 25-21 and 25-14 in the first two sets. Wittenberg allowed Juniata a third-set 25-14 win before edging the Eagles, 25-22, in the final stanza.
Senior Kara Seidenstriker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) pounded 12 kills in 43 attempts, in addition to a team-high 14 digs to lead the Tigers. Senior Melissa Emming (West Chester, OH/Mount Notre Dame) and junior Camila Quinones (Sunbury, OH/Worthington Christian) added eight kills apiece; while junior setter Courtney Huck (Decatur, IL/St. Teresa) pitched in 18 assists. Emming led Wittenberg with four service aces.
The win earned sixth-ranked Wittenberg a national quarterfinal matchup with 18th-ranked Clarkson on Thursday, Nov. 19, at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Wittenberg will enter the quarterfinals as the highest ranked team remaining in the field. The winner of the Tigers' match against Clarkson, which advanced with wins over Colby-Sawyer, Ithaca and Springfield in its regional tournament, will face the winner of a match between Hendrix and Bethel (Minn.). The other side of the bracket includes Carthage and Randolph-Macon in one quarterfinal and Cal Lutheran against Bowdoin in the other.
The last time Wittenberg advanced to the national quarterfinals, the Tigers won the national championship in 2011. That year, Wittenberg upset then-No. 1 ranked Calvin on the Knights' home floor, and the Tigers followed that with 3-0 victories over Cal Lutheran, Eastern (Pa.), and Christopher Newport in matches played at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.
Second-Round Recap (11/14)
Wittenberg (26-2) advanced to the regional finals of the 2015 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament for the sixth straight year following a sweep over Heidelberg. Box Score
The Wittenberg Tigers topped the Student Princes for the second time this season to set up a regional final match against Juniata (33-2) at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon (11/15) in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.
Senior Melissa Emming (West Chester, OH/Mount Notre Dame) led with 13 kills and a personal-best .522 attack percentage. Senior Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) added 11 kills and a .455 attack percentage, while junior Camila Quinones (Sunbury, OH/Worthington Christian) chipped in with eight kills in 18 swings of her own.
Junior setter Courtney Huck (Decatur, IL/St. Teresa) dished out 21 assists, while freshman Megan Flaherty (Dublin, OH/Coffman) finished with 17. On defense, senior Kristina Fultz (Batavia, OH/Glen Este) led with 17 digs, followed closely by Seidenstricker with 16.
First-Round Recap (11/13)
Wittenberg (25-2) logged an opening-round victory against Bluffton on Friday night to open play in the 2015 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament. Box Score
The Tigers, ranked sixth in the nation on the final AVCA national poll of the regular season, dropped the opening set but rattled off three-straight sets in the opening round for a 3-1 victory at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Senior Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder), the 2015 NCAC Player of the Year, led the Tigers with 12 kills and 10 digs, while junior Courtney Huck (Decatur, IL/St. Teresa) dished out 24 assists in the win. Wittenberg will now entertain Heidelberg (27-6) in the second round tomorrow evening at 3:30 p.m. in Huntingdon. The Tigers and Student Princes met back on September 19th earlier in the season with Wittenberg picking up a 3-1 win.