Denison University Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, Nan Carney-DeBord has announced the hiring of Carter Cassell as Denison's head volleyball coach and instructor of Health, Exercise and Sports Studies. Cassell comes to Denison after three seasons an assistant coach at Kenyon College. Cassell replaces Sarah Graves who recently accepted the head volleyball position at her alma mater, Macalester College.
The NCAA recently announced its 2016-17 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipients for the fall sports season and two of the 58 athletes on the list hailed from an NCAC school, including former Kenyon men's soccer player Sam Clougher (Dublin, Ireland/Berkshire School, MA) and Wittenberg junior women's volleyball player Emily Kahlig (Coldwater, OH/Coldwater).
Wittenberg junior outside-side hitter Maggie Fischer (Minerva, OH/Minerva) was a first-team selection and Wittenberg freshman middle blocker Aubrey Cox (Tips City, OH/Tippecanoe) was named the Division III National Freshman of the Year to lead the list of NCAC student-athletes named to the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-America Team.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) released the 2016 Division III All-Region Teams on November 10th and six student-athletes from the North Coast Athletic Conference were named to the Great Lakes Region Team.
The 2016 NCAC Volleyball season came to a close last weekend as both DePauw (25-6) and Wittenberg (22-6) were eliminated from the regional semifinals at the NCAA Division III Calvin College Regional Tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Wittenberg saw its season come to a close with a dramatic 3-2 loss to Millikin in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament on Friday, November 11th in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A little over two hours later, DePauw closed out its 2016 season in the second round as well with a 3-0 loss against host Calvin.
Wooster senior defensive specialist Laura Sherer (Milford Center, OH/Fairbanks) was one of seven student-athletes named to the Academic All-District® volleyball team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on November 3rd.
Hiram outside hitter Marissa Jay (Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) has been named the Player of the Year and DePauw senior Rachael Lenderman (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central) was named the Libero of the Year to highlight the 2016 All-North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball selections.
Top-seeded Wittenberg (21-5) captured its conference-leading 22nd NCAC Volleyball Tournament Title on Saturday, November 5th, with a 3-0 victory over second-seeded DePauw (24-5) in the championship match at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio.
On the tails of closing the 2016 regular season with one of the best statistical weeks of her career, Hiram College volleyball senior standout Marissa Jay (Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches' Association Division III National Player of the Week, announced the AVCA on Tuesday, November 1st.
Nationally-ranked Wittenberg (7-0, 16-5) clinched at least a share of its league-leading 22nd NCAC Volleyball title last week after topping Kenyon (4-3, 15-9) by a 3-0 margin on October 19th. The eight teams for the 2016 NCAC Volleyball Tournament are set; however, there are several seeds still up for grabs with four league matches remaining on the schedule this week.
Nationally-ranked Wittenberg (6-0, 14-3) grabbed sole possession of first-place in the NCAC Volleyball standings last week with a 3-0 victory over DePauw on Tuesday night. The Tigers can clinch at least a share of their NCAC-record 22nd league title this week with a victory over Kenyon on Wednesday night. Other marquee matchups on the NCAC slate this week include DePauw hosting Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday night and Ohio Wesleyan visiting Hiram on Saturday afternoon.
At the midway point of the NCAC Volleyball schedule, nationally-ranked Wittenberg (5-0, 11-3) holds a half-game lead over DePauw (4-0, 15-3) for the top spot in the league standings; however, one of those squads will suffer their first league loss of this season this week as Wittenberg is set to host DePauw on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
With two full weeks of NCAC Volleyball action in the books, nationally-ranked Wittenberg sits atop the league standings with a perfect 4-0 mark against league foes, while DePauw is also unblemished in conference action with a 3-0 record. League squads return to the court this week with five NCAC matches on the slate, highlighted by Ohio Wesleyan hosting Wittenberg on Wednesday night and DePauw traveling to Wooster on Saturday afternoon.
On this week's episode of "The Rundown", we'll feature a six-game winning streak by the Oberlin men's soccer team, highlight an impressive week on the volleyball court from Denison's Leah Reinfranck and finally showcase a pair of top-10 performances in men's golf from Wittenberg's Sam Stilwell.
Following the first full weekend of league play in NCAC Volleyball, four teams stand unbeaten against conference foes, including Denison (1-0, 6-9), DePauw (2-0, 12-3), Ohio Wesleyan (1-0, 10-4) and Wittenberg (2-0, 8-3). At least one of those teams will suffer their first conference loss of the season this Thursday as the marquee matchup for the week features Denison hosting Wittenberg at 7:00 p.m.
On this week's episode of "The Rundown", we highlight an impressive start to the field hockey season for the Kenyon Ladies, showcase a re-match of the 2015 NCAA Division III Volleyball national championship match and feature outstanding performances from the DePauw and Wabash cross country teams at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships.
After rounding out the bulk of the non-conference schedule over the first three weeks of the season, North Coast volleyball teams will kick off league play this week with seven total matches on the slate, led by Ohio Wesleyan hosting Wooster on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., and Hiram traveling to Wittenberg on Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. start.
North Coast volleyball teams continued non-conference play last week, highlighted by Wooster (0-0, 7-1) posting a perfect 4-0 record, which included a 3-0 mark over the weekend at the Northwestern Pennsylvania Classic. Prior to opening league play on September 23rd, NCAC teams will once again hit the court for non-conference competition this week, led by DePauw, Ohio Wesleyan, Wittenberg and Wooster all hosting invitational events.
The 2016 North Coast volleyball season kicked off last weekend with league teams combining for an overall record of 23-11 in non-conference competition, which included DePauw, Hiram, Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster all posting 3-1 marks on the opening weekend of play. League teams return to the court this week with non-conference matches scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday, while weekend action will once again feature numerous teams competing in early season tournaments.
The North Coast Athletic Conference is set to begin its 33rd season of competition this week and in preparation for the start of a new year, the conference office has released its final preseason fall sport guides.
After winning its 10th straight league title and finishing as the national runners-up in 2015, the North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball coaches have once again predicted the Wittenberg Tigers as the preseason favorites for the 2016 season after balloting by the league coaches.