The tie at the top of the North Coast volleyball standings will be broken this week as No. 7 Wittenberg (4-0, 14-1) will host Ohio Wesleyan (3-0, 19-1) on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Springfield. There are three additional league matches on the slate this week, led by Denison (1-1, 7-8) hosting Hiram (3-1, 14-5) on Saturday and Wooster (0-4, 11-6) traveling to DePauw (2-1, 10-5) on Sunday.
ALLEGHENY picked up its first league win of the season last week, outlasting Wooster in a five-set thriller on Wednesday, before falling to Ohio Wesleyan by a 3-0 margin on Saturday. The Gators were victorious in the first and third sets against Wooster, and withstood a seven-point rally in the fifth set to come away with the win. Sophomore libero Terra Schall (Kittanning, PA/Kittanning), who entered play last week as the nation’s leader in digs per set (6.91), continued to rack up numbers last week with 36 digs against Wooster and 16 more against OWU.
DENISON dropped a trio of matches last week, starting with a 3-1 setback against No. 7 Wittenberg on Wednesday, before falling to both Bethany, 3-0, and Heidelberg, 3-1, on Saturday. Freshman Olivia Buroker (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) led the Big Red on the week with 34 kills, while sophomore libero Kristin Thewes (Dripping Springs, TX/St. Stephens Episcopal) paced the defensive effort with 60 digs in 11 sets.
DEPAUW defeated Oberlin, 3-0, in it only action last week. Junior middle hitter Elisabeth Wilson (Carterville, IL/Carterville) led the Tigers in the victory with nine kills, a .571 hitting percentage and three service aces.
HIRAM returned to its winning ways last week with a pair of 3-0 league victories over Oberlin and Kenyon. Against Oberlin, the Terriers hit .393 with 40 kills against just seven errors, before adding 50 kills and a .441 hitting percentage against Kenyon. Senior middle blocker Emily Mortimer (Mogadore, OH/Field) paced the offensive attack with a .615 hitting percentage after recording 16 kills and zero hitting errors on 26 attempts.
KENYON lost a pair of 3-0 contests against Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan last week. Freshman outside hitter Delaney Swanson (Sonoma, CA/Sonoma Valley), who leads the Ladies on the year with 168 kills, added to that total last week with two against OWU and 15 more against Hiram.
OBERLIN dropped a pair of NCAC matches in straight-sets last week against Hiram and DePauw. Senior libero Molly Powers (Chicago, IL/Resurrection College Prep) combined for 24 digs on the week, while junior setter Meredith Leung (Lomita, CA/Rolling Hills Prep) handed out 52 set assists in the two matches combined.
OHIO WESLEYAN, which appears in the “Others Receiving Votes” portion of the most recent AVCA Top 25, extended its school-record winning streak to 19-straight following a pair of straight-set league wins last week over Kenyon and Allegheny. Sophomore outside hitter Iris Anderson (Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) collected 14 kills and 12 digs in the win over Kenyon, before adding 17 kills and 11 more digs in the victory over Allegheny. Anderson has now logged 13 double-double performances through the first 20 matches of the season.
WITTENBERG, ranked seventh in the most recent AVCA Top 25, ran its winning streak to 11 in a row with a pair of league wins last week against Denison, 3-1, and Wooster, 3-0. Sophomore outside hitter Maddie Fischer (Minerva, OH/Minerva) posted back-to-back double-digit kill performances with 10 against Denison and 12 more against Wooster.
WOOSTER opened the week on Wednesday with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss against Allegheny, before suffering a 3-0 setback against No. 7 Wittenberg on Saturday. In the loss against Allegheny, senior Savannah Moore (Burbank, OH/Northwestern) collected her third triple-double of the season with 20 digs, 20 set assists and 15 kills), while sophomore Ksenia Klue (Medina, OH/Medina) also added her first-career double-double against the Gators with 17 kills and 11 digs.