Top-seeded Wittenberg (23-2) captured its conference-leading 24th NCAC Volleyball Tournament Title on Saturday, November 3, with a 3-0 victory over third-seeded Hiram (23-5) in the championship match.
In the championship final, the Tigers claimed a 3-0 victory over the Terriers and were led by senior outside hitter Taylor Brown (Springfield, Ohio/Kenton Ridge) who recorded 10 kills, a .588 hitting percentage, eight digs and four blocks. For her efforts throughout the tournament, Brown was named the NCAC Tournament MVP. Senior middle hitter Kennedey Schmidt (Englewood, Ohio/Northmont) and senior setter Karen Wildemann (Columbus, Ind./North) were also named to the all-tournament team for Wittenberg. Hiram sophomore setter Lindsey Walker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent St. Mary) and junior outside hitter Madison Fortune (Lorain, Ohio/Clearview) both recorded double-doubles in the tournament finale, as Walker posted 10 kills and 11 digs and Fortune recorded 10 kills and 10 digs.
As tournament champions, Wittenberg receives the NCAC's automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament.
Suzanne Peters, DePauw
Delaney Swanson, Kenyon
Holly Hoffman, Hiram
Kiara Franks, Hiram
Kennedey Schmidt, Wittenberg
Karen Wildemann, Wittenberg
Tournament MVP – Taylor Brown, Wittenberg
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Top-seeded Wittenberg (22-2) and third-seeded Hiram (23-4) will compete for the 2018 NCAC Volleyball Tournament Title at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, after claiming victories in the semifinal round earlier in the day.
The Terriers claimed a 3-2 upset victory over the second-seeded DePauw Tigers with set scores of 20-25, 25-18, 25-23, 20-25 and 15-11, while Wittenberg earned a 3-1 win over fourth-seeded Kenyon (22-25, 25-13, 25-10, 25-11).
Hiram will look to capture its second NCAC Tournament crown since 2006, while the Tigers are the 11-time defending tournament champions and have won 23 NCAC Tournaments overall. The winner will earn the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
FIRST ROUND & QUARTERFINAL ROUND:
The seeds held after the first day of competition of the 2018 NCAC Women's Volleyball Tournament on Friday. Third-seeded Hiram and fourth-seeded Kenyon will move on to compete against top-seeded Wittenberg and second-seeded DePauw in the semifinals. The winners of those two matches will meet in the finals for the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.
To start the day, fifth-seeded Ohio Wesleyan defeated eight-seeded Oberlin 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-12), while seventh-seeded Wooster upset sixth-seeded Denison 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 25-20) in the first round.
In the quarterfinals, Kenyon and Hiram claimed 3-0 victories to eliminate the Battling Bishops and Fighting Scots from the tournament. The Ladies won 25-23, 25-21 and 25-22 while the Terriers won 25-13, 25-23 and 25-17 to move on to the semifinals.
Semifinal match times are set for 11:00 a.m., as Wittenberg will take on Kenyon and DePauw will play Hiram. The winners will meet in the finals which are set for 5:00 p.m.
SEEDINGS & PAIRINGS:
Wittenberg (8-0) has won its 13th-straight and league-leading 24th North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball championship after finishing the season with a perfect mark against league foes for the eighth year in a row and the 21st time overall.
Allegheny is second all-time with five league titles (1985, 88-91), while Hiram, Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan have each accumulated two titles. Wooster earned the inaugural conference championship in 1984.
DePauw (7-1) finished second in the regular season standings, followed by Hiram (6-2), Kenyon (4-4), Ohio Wesleyan (4-4), Denison (3-5), Wooster (2-6), Oberlin (2-6) and Allegheny (0-8).
As league champions, Wittenberg has earned the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for the 2018 NCAC Volleyball Tournament for the 13th year in a row. The two-day, seven-match, single-elimination tournament will be held at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio, November 2-3.
In the first-round matches at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, Match A features No. 5 Ohio Wesleyan and No. 8 Oberlin, while Match B is a matchup between No. 6 Denison and No. 7 Wooster. In the 7:00 p.m. time slot on Friday night, Match C will feature No. 4 Kenyon against the Ohio Wesleyan/Oberlin winner, and Match D will pit No. 3 Hiram against the Denison/Wooster winner. Additionally, the NCAC Senior Recognition Ceremony and the announcement of the 2018 All-NCAC Teams will take place immediately following the 3:00 p.m. matches on Friday.
On Saturday, semifinal matches will be contested at 11:00 a.m., with the championship match set for 5:00 p.m. In the semifinal matches, No. 1 Wittenberg will meet the winner of Match C and No. 2 DePauw will square off against the winner of Match D.
TOURNEY NOTES: The tournament winner receives the NCAC's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament ... Wittenberg is the 11-time defending tournament champion and has won 23 NCAC Tournaments overall ... Allegheny follows the Tigers with five tourney championships, including four-straight between 1988-91 ... Kenyon (1986-87) and Ohio Wesleyan (1994, '96) each hold a pair of titles, while Hiram won the title in 2006 and Wooster earned the inaugural tournament championship in 1984 ... Wittenberg maneuvered its way through the tournament bracket a year ago by knocking off Denison, 3-0, in the semifinals and DePauw, 3-0, in the championship match.