Wittenberg (27-2) has booked its ticket back to the eight-team NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championships for the first time since winning the national title in 2011 after cruising through the Juniata Regional last weekend in Pennsylvania. The Tigers opened the eight-team regional with a 3-1 victory over Bluffton on Friday in the quarterfinals and then advanced to the regional final match for the sixth year in a row with a 3-0 triumph over Heidelberg on Saturday. Wittenberg then earned the regional title with a 3-1 victory over host Juniata on Sunday in a rematch of a September 5th matchup that saw the Eagles top the Tigers by a 3-2 margin.
Wittenberg senior right-side hitter Kara Seidenstricker (London, OH/Jonathan Alder) added to her long list of career achievements by being named the Most Outstanding Player at the Juniata Regional, while classmate Melissa Emming (West Chester, OH/Mt. Notre Dame) was also named to the all-tournament team.
The win earned sixth-ranked Wittenberg a national quarterfinal matchup with 18th-ranked Clarkson on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 3:00 p.m. 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.