Nov. 7, 2009
Friday, Nov. 6 (at Wittenberg)
Saturday, Nov. 7 (at Wittenberg)
|#1 Wittenberg 3, #4 Allegheny 0 - 25-17, 25-15, 25-19||Wittenberg 3, Hiram 1 - 24-26, 25-22, 26-24, 25-12|
#2 Hiram 3, #3 Wooster 0 - 25-20, 25-16, 25-11
Top-seeded Wittenberg claimed its 15th North Coast Tournament title and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship with a 24-26, 25-22, 26-24, 25-12 decision over Hiram in the championship match. The two teams have squared off in eight straight championship games and the Tigers hold a 7-1 advantage in those contests. Wittenberg advanced to the final after sweeping fourth-seeded Allegheny, in straight sets in their semifinal matchup. Second-seeded Hiram defeated the third seed, Wooster, 3-0, in their semifinal matchup. Katie Sumner led the Tigers in the championship match with 11 kills and a .611 attack percentage. Kimmie Dyer added 14 kills and 15 digs, while Christina Gilene had a match-high 23 digs. For Hiram, Kristi Opfer had 12 kills, Shaina Bryan posted 11 kills and 11 digs and Charley McQueary collected 21 digs.
Caitlin Solan, Allegheny
KateLynn Riley, Wooster
Charley McQueary, Hiram
Brittany Mayle, Hiram
Christine Simpson, Wittenberg
Kimmie Dyer, Wittenberg
MVP: Erin Slattery, Wittenberg
Nov. 6, 2009
Top-seeded Wittenberg and second-seeded Hiram advanced to the championship of the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament for the eighth straight year. The Tigers are gunning for their third straight and 15th overall title, while the Terriers are in the hunt for their second. Wittenberg moves forward after a 3-0 victory in their semifinal matchup against fourth-seeded Allegheny. The Tigers' Amy Cox posted 13 kills and a .370 hitting percentage, while Kimmie Dyer added 10 kills. Dyer finished with a team-high 15 digs and Miranda Sagle hit .400 with nine kills and 15 assists. For Allegheny, Sarah Sckena collected a match-high 22 digs, Caileigh Hughes registered 12 digs and 10 assists. Hiram posted a 3-0 victory over third-seeded Wooster in their semifinal matchup. The Terriers' Andrea Kaminsky led the way with a .375 attack percentage and seven kills. Charley McQueary posted a team-high 30 digs, while Shaina Bryan added 28 digs and eight kills. Brittany Mayle made a match-high 18 assists. For the Fighting Scots, Kelley Johnson registered a match-high 33 digs and KateLynn Riley led the way with nine kills.
Edited: Nov. 1, 2009
Wittenberg will host the 2009 NCAC tournament with semifinals on Friday and the championship game the following day. The Tigers will start things off against fourth-seeded Allegheny (10-6, 16-17) at 5:30 p.m. in a rematch from last year’s opening semifinal contest. The Tigers swept that match and this fall’s regular season series against the Gators in straight sets. Second seeded Wooster (13-3, 20-12) will square off against third-seeded Hiram (11-5, 18-17) at 8:00 p.m. (or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first match, should it run long). This matchup is also a repeat of last year’s semifinal contest. The Terriers took last year’s tourney matchup, as well as the first meeting between the two teams this fall, by 3-0 scores. Hiram edged the Fighting Scots, 3-2, last week, to close out the regular season for both teams.
The championship game is set for 2:00 on Saturday.
Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ... Wittenberg is the defending tournament champion and has won 14 NCAC Tournaments. Allegheny follows the Tigers with five tourney championships, including four straight between 1988-91. Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan each hold a pair of titles, while Hiram and Wooster have each claimed one ... Wittenberg and Hiram have met in the past seven tournament championship games. The Tigers have claimed six of those meetings; the Terriers won their first NCAC tournament title in 2006 ... Hiram is making its ninth-straight tournament appearance. Wooster is making its fifth post-season appearance since 2004, the first year the tournament changed to a top-four event. Allegheny is making its second straight appearance since it earned the second seed in 2003.