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.
ALLEGHENY fell in four sets against Denison, 3-1, in its only action last week. Junior Hannah Cubarney (Trafford, PA/Norwin) led the Gators in the match with 10 kills, while freshman Alysha Crowther (Santa Cruz, CA/Santa Cruz) had a breakout game with nine kills, three aces and two blocks.
DENISON split a pair of league matches last week, dropping a 3-2 thriller against Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday, before bouncing back with a 3-1 win over Allegheny on Saturday. In nine total sets on the week, junior middle hitter Leah Reinfranck (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) tallied 36 kills and committed just six hitting errors in 76 total attempts for a .395 hitting percentage. In the narrow loss against OWU, Reinfranck posted a .465 hitting percentage after matching a season-high with 24 kills.
DEPAUW, which appears in the “Others Receiving Votes” section of the AVCA Top-25, suffered a 3-0 loss at No. 3 Wittenberg on Tuesday night, but the Tigers responded with a pair home wins on Saturday against Kenyon, 3-0, and Alma, 3-1. Senior Elisabeth Wilson (Carterville, IL/Carterville) made her presence felt at the net last week with five total blocks (2 solo, 3 asst.), while sophomore Suzanne Peters (Ft. Wayne, IN/Homestead) paced the offensive unit with 36 total kills against just six hitting errors in 59 total attempts for a .339 hitting percentage.
HIRAM split a pair of 3-2 decisions last week, first falling to local-rival Case on Wednesday, before evening its NCAC record to 3-3 with a victory over Wooster on Saturday. In the loss against Case, senior outside hitter Marissa Jay (Parma, OH/Padua Franciscan) finished the match with 32 kills and 16 digs, which marked her second 30-plus kill performance of the season. She also added 24 kills and 19 digs in the win over Wooster to finish the week with 56 kills and 35 digs.
KENYON dropped a pair of matches in Indiana on Saturday against DePauw, 3-0, and Alma, 3-0. It marked the first time this season that the Ladies have lost back-to-back matches.
OBERLIN turned in a 2-1 record last week, knocking off Franciscan, 3-2, on Friday, before topping Thiel, 3-0, on Saturday. The Yeowomen also dropped a narrow 3-1 decision against Washington & Jefferson on Saturday. In the three matches combined, junior Dana Thomas (Cincinnati, OH/Summit Country Day) notched 39 kills and committed only eight hitting errors in 91 attempts for a .341 hitting percentage. In addition, senior Meredith Leung (Lomita, CA/Rolling Hills Prep) surpassed two career milestones on the week as she increased her school-record assist total to 3,057 and also hit the 1,000 mark for career digs.
OHIO WESLEYAN went 1-3 last weekend at the Midwest Invitational, played at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Bishops’ lone victory came against Clarkson by a 3-2 mark on Friday night, while two of their losses came against No. 1 Calvin, 3-1, and No. 17 Elmhurst, 3-2. In the win over Clarkson, junior outside hitter Brianna La Croix (Woodland Hills, CA/Sierra Canyon) led the Bishops with 17 kills, while senior setter Shannon Schlater (Englewood, OH/Northmont) handed out a season-high 54 set assists.
WITTENBERG, ranked third in the AVCA Top-25, ran its winning streak to eight-straight last week with a trio of 3-0 wins over DePauw, Maryville (TN) and Otterbein. Senior outside hitter Camila Quiñones (Sunbury, OH/Worthington Christian) posted 10 or more kills in all three matches, which included a 13-kill performance in the conference win over DePauw on Tuesday. In nine total sets on the week, Quiñones totaled 35 kills and committed just nine errors in 74 attempts for a .351 hitting percentage.
WOOSTER won its 14th match of the season on Tuesday with a 3-1 victory over Illinois Tech, but the Fighting Scots dropped to 2-4 in NCAC play on Saturday with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss against Hiram. In the narrow loss against Hiram, senior Lydia Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) finished the match with 18 kills, which was the most kills in a single match by a Wooster player since Savannah Moore notched 18 against Allegheny in the 2014 NCAC Tournament.