Hiram (5-0, 17-7) pulled even with Wittenberg (5-0, 15-8) at the top of the NCAC volleyball standings after earning a 3-0 victory over Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday. However, that tie will be broken this weekend as Wittenberg travels to Hiram on a Friday evening for a 7:00 p.m. matchup. In addition, there are three more league matches on Friday’s schedule and four more on Saturday.
ALLEGHENY dropped a three-set decision against Kenyon in its only action last week. Sophomore Stormie Hockenberry (Harmony, PA/Slippery Rock) led the offense with 10 kills, while junior Catherine Kasianowicz (Buffalo, NY/Mt. Mercy Acad.) led the defensive effort with a team-high eight digs.
DENISON extended its current winning streak to six matches following a pair of NCAC wins against Ohio Wesleyan, 3-2, and DePauw, 3-0. Freshman Rachele Lock (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius) paced the offense with 23 kills and a .380 hitting percentage, while sophomore Elena Lein (Athens, OH/Athens) racked up 22 kills and seven solo blocks in eight sets on the week. In addition, junior Emily Marguerite (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) averaged 7.5 digs per set and served up four aces in the two wins.
DEPAUW rallied for a 3-2 non-conference victory over Mt. St. Joseph on Wednesday, before suffering a 3-0 loss in league action against Denison on Saturday. The 2013 Tigers need one more victory to extend the program’s current streak to nine-straight 20-win seasons.
HIRAM opened play with a 3-1 setback in non-conference action against Case, but the Terriers bounced back on Saturday with a 3-0 triumph over Ohio Wesleyan to move into a tie for first in the NCAC volleyball standings.
KENYON fell to Wooster, 3-1, on Tuesday night, but the Ladies bounced back on Saturday and earned their first victory of season with a 3-0 win over Allegheny. Senior outside hitter Mary Jo Scott (La Canada, CA/La Canada) again showed her versatility on the court for KC as she totaled 21 kills, 25 digs, three set assists and three service aces in seven total sets last week.
OBERLIN suffered a pair of non-conference losses in Indiana on Saturday, falling to Earlham, 3-1, and Manchester, 3-2. Freshman Hannah Tyburski (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) combined for 24 kills on the day.
OHIO WESLEYAN was defeated twice in league play last week, falling to Denison, 3-2, on Wednesday and 3-0 against Hiram on Saturday. Sophomore Danielle Birney (Toledo, OH/Sylvania Southview) led the OWU defensive effort on the week with 41 digs in eight total sets on the week.
WITTENBERG fell against NCAA Division II’s Cedarville, 3-1, on Friday, but the Tigers bounced back with a 3-0 win over Baldwin Wallace on Saturday. Freshman Camila Quinones (Sunbury, OH/Worthington Christian) led the Tigers with 20 kills, while freshman Emily Kahling (Coldwater, OH/Coldwater) piled up eight blocks in the two matches combined.
WOOSTER opened play last week with a 3-1 league win over Kenyon on Tuesday, but the Fighting Scots dropped a pair of non-conference matches on Saturday in Erie, Pennsylvania, against La Roche, 3-2, and PSU-Behrend, 3-1. Senior outside hitter Paige Parker (Springfield, OH/West-Liberty Salem) became just the third player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career kills (1,054) and 1,000 career digs (1,012). She achieved the latter milestone over the weekend as she racked up 28 digs in nine sets against La Roche and PSU-Behrend.