Wittenberg Advances to NCAA Semifinals

Junior setter Karen Wildeman led Wittenberg to its second NCAA semifinal in the last three years Thursday afternoon
Junior setter Karen Wildeman led Wittenberg to its second NCAA semifinal in the last three years Thursday afternoon

Wittenberg (26-2) cruised into the national semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championships following a 3-0 victory over Swarthmore (24-8) on Thursday (11/16) afternoon at Van Noord Arena on the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Box Score

The Tigers set the tone early with a 25-15 victory in set one and edged out the Garnet by set scores of 29-27 and 25-19 to advance to the national semifinals. 2017 marks the second time in the last three years Wittenberg has advanced to the national semifinals and sixth time in program history.

Sophomore middle hitter Aubrey Cox (Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe) supplied the Tigers' offensive fire power in the match with 10 kills against 21 attempts and three errors for a .333 hitting percentage, while sophomore libero Taylor Yontz (Springfield, OH/Shawnee) bolstered the defensive unit with 21 digs. As a team, Wittenberg posted a .189 hitting percentage and limited Swarthmore to just .050.

Junior setter Karen Wildemann (Columbus, IN/North), recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 award, dished out 33 set assists to go along with nine digs and two kills, while senior Maddie Fischer (Minerva, OH/Minerva) recorded a game-high 13 kills in addition to 13 digs.

Wittenberg will now return to the court tomorrow evening in Michigan at 7:30 p.m. the winner of Johnson & Wales (35-0) and Calvin (29-3) with a spot in the national championship match on the line.

Post Match Press Conference -- NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship Site -- Photos