Fourth-seeded DePauw captured its first NCAC Volleyball Tournament Title on Saturday, November 9, with a 3-1 victory over second-seeded Denison in the championship final.
In the championship match, the Tigers were led by senior Morgan Stearley (Center Point, IN/Northview) who recorded 22 kills, 17 digs and three blocks. For her efforts throughout the tournament, Stearley was named the NCAC Tournament MVP. Liv Hartman (Danville, IN/Danville) and Meaghan Etling (Terre Haute, IN/South Vigo) were also named to the all-tournament team for DePauw. Hartman tallied 15 kills and two blocks, while Etling posted four blocks, two kills and two digs in the championship match. Denison's Sidney Gossard (Westerville, OH/Olentangy Orange) and Emma Woerner (Novato, CA/Novato) both recorded double-doubles in the tournament finale, as Gossard posted 10 kills and 10 digs and Woerner recorded 11 kills and 13 digs, while Lucy Anderson (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington) notched 11 kills, six digs and six blocks in the championship match up for the Big Red.
As tournament champions, DePauw receives the NCAC's automatic bid into the 2019 NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament. The Tigers make their fourth-straight appearance in the national tournament, ninth overall, and will learn their draw during the NCAA selection show on Monday, Nov. 11, at 12:30 p.m.
Mackenzie Bruzzio, Kenyon
Paige Kucinic, Wittenberg
Lucy Anderson, Denison
Sidney Gossard, Denison
Liv Hartman, DePauw
Meaghan Etling, DePauw
MVP – Morgan Stearley, DePauw
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Championship Match - 5:00 p.m.
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Second-seeded Denison and fourth-seeded DePauw will compete for the 2019 NCAC Volleyball Tournament Title at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9, after claiming victories in the semifinal round earlier in the day.
The Big Red claimed a 3-0 victory over seventh-seeded Kenyon with set scores of 25-17, 26-24, and 25-21, while the DePauw Tigers upset top-seeded Wittenberg in three sets, winning 25-21, 25-23 and 25-21.
Both teams will look to capture their first NCAC Tournament crowns. The winner will earn the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament.
FIRST ROUND & QUARTERFINALS
Seventh-seeded Kenyon and fourth-seeded DePauw advanced to the semifinal round of the 2019 NCAC Volleyball Tournament and will face second-seeded Denison and top-seeded Wittenberg, respectively. The winners of those two matches will meet in the championship for the NCAC's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament.
To start the day in the first round, fifth-seeded Hiram defeated eight-seeded Oberlin 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-12), while seventh-seeded Kenyon upset sixth-seeded Wooster 3-2 (20-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-7, 15-8).
In the quarterfinals, Kenyon and DePauw both claimed victories to eliminate Ohio Wesleyan and Hiram from the tournament. The Ladies won 3-1 (15-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-22) over the Battling Bishops, while the Tigers defeated the Terriers 3-2 (21-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-17,15-8) to move on to the semifinals.
Semifinal match times are set for 11:00 a.m., as Wittenberg will take on DePauw and Denison will play Kenyon. The winners will meet in the finals which are set for 5:00 p.m.
SEEDINGS & PAIRINGS:
Wittenberg (8-0) has won its 14th-straight and league-leading 25th North Coast Athletic Conference volleyball championship after finishing the season with a perfect mark against league foes for the ninth year in a row and the 22nd 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.
Denison and Ohio Wesleyan (6-2) finished tied for second in the regular season standings, followed DePauw (5-3), Hiram and Wooster (4-4), Kenyon (2-6), Oberlin (1-7) and Allegheny (0-8).
As league champions, Wittenberg has earned the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for the 2019 NCAC Volleyball Tournament for the 14th year in a row. The two-day, seven-match, single-elimination tournament will be held at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield, Ohio, November 8-9.
In the first-round matches at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Match A features No. 5 Hiram and No. 8 Oberlin, while Match B is a contest between No. 6 Wooster and No. 7 Kenyon. In the 7:30 p.m. time slot on Friday night, Match C will feature No. 4 DePauw against the Hiram/Oberlin winner, and Match D will pit No. 3 Ohio Wesleyan against the Wooster/Kenyon winner. Additionally, the NCAC Senior Recognition Ceremony and the announcement of the 2019 All-NCAC Teams will take place immediately following the 4:00 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 Denison 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 12-time defending tournament champion and has won 24 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 Kenyon, 3-1, in the semifinals and Hiram, 3-0, in the championship match.