After posting a 3-2 comeback win over DePauw (6-1, 15-6) on Tuesday night and a 3-0 win over Wooster (2-5, 14-12) on Saturday, Wittenberg (7-0, 18-0) has clinched at least a share of its 12th-straight and league-leading 23rd NCAC volleyball title. The Tigers can put the final touches on the outright title this week with a match at Kenyon on Wednesday night. Following the completion of the league schedule on Wednesday night, the final seeds and pairings for the 2017 NCAC Volleyball Tournament will be announced on Thursday morning.
ALLEGHENY wrapped up its home schedule with a pair of 3-0 setbacks against Hiram and Ohio Wesleyan. Senior middle hitter Leah Franzluebbers (Wethersfield, CT/East Catholic) led the Gators with 13 kills against the Terriers, senior setter Justine Kelly (Seattle, WA/Mountlake Terrace) led the squad against OWU with 13 assists and seven digs.
DENISON defeated Oberlin, 3-1, on Tuesday, before going 1-3 over the weekend at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational with its lone victory coming against Haverford, 3-1, on Saturday morning. Senior middle hitter Leah Reinfranck (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) paced the Big Red on the week with 44 kills and 18 blocks. With 253 career blocks, Reinfranck is just four blocks away from passing Kelsey Bruce ‘07 for fourth on the program’s all-time list.
DEPAUW split a pair of league matches last week, dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 decision against No. 1 Wittenberg on Tuesday, before posting a 3-0 win over Oberlin on Saturday. DePauw had four different match point opportunities in the fourth set against Wittenberg, before dropping the fifth and final set by a 15-13 margin. Senior middle hitter Haley Bitzer (Wassenaar, The Netherlands/American School of the Hague) had a breakout game against Wittenberg with a season-high 17 kills against just six hitting errors in 34 total attempts for a .324 hitting percentage.
HIRAM closed out NCAC play with a 1-1 record last week, defeating Allegheny, 3-0, on Tuesday, before dropping a 3-1 decision against Kenyon on Saturday. In the win over the Gators, freshman Kiara Franks (Cleveland, OH/VASJ) led the Terriers with a career-high 19 kills, while senior middle hitter Jess Fontana (Thompson, OH/Ledgemont) had 15 kills and just three hitting errors in 27 attempts for a .444 hitting percentage against Kenyon.
KENYON moved into the top-four in the NCAC standings last week with a pair of wins over Wooster, 3-0, and Hiram, 3-1. Over the course of the week, junior outside hitter Delaney Swanson (Sonoma, CA/Sonoma Valley) recorded combined totals of 34 kills, a .321 hitting percentage, 29 digs and five blocks, highlighted by accumulating 17 digs against Wooster and smashing 19 kills against Hiram.
OBERLIN turned in a 1-2 record last week, sandwiching a 3-2 non-conference victory at Anderson with a pair of league losses against Denison, 3-1, and DePauw, 3-0. In the victory over the Ravens, the Yeowomen had three players register double-digit kills, led by sophomore middle hitter Jaya Flynn-Young (Novato, CA/Marin Catholic) with 11 kills and just one error in 21 swings for a .476 hitting percentage.
OHIO WESLEYAN posted a 3-0 win at Allegheny in its only action last week. Junior right-side hitter Lauren Carpenter (North Hollywood, CA/North Hollywood) led the OWU offense with 10 kills against the Gators, while senior outside hitter Iris Anderson (Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) came one kill shy of a double-double with nine kills and 12 digs.
WITTENBERG, the top-ranked team in the nation in the AVCA Top-25, was pushed to the brink on Tuesday against DePauw, but eventually survived in a narrow 3-2 victory. The Tigers then went on to capture at least a share of their league-leading 23rd NCAC title on Saturday with a 3-0 home win against Wooster. Freshman right-side hitter Haley Horner (Wheaton, IL/North) had an efficient week for the Wittenberg offense as she tallied 22 kills and committed just five errors in 41 attempts for a .415 hitting percentage.
WOOSTER dropped a pair of 3-0 decisions in NCAC play last week against Kenyon and No. 1 Wittenberg. Senior outside hitter Ksenia Klue (Medina, OH/Medina) had eight kills against Kenyon to move into 10th in program history with 948 career kills, while classmate Taylor Mathews (Dover, OH/Dover) notched her team-leading 16th double-double against Wittenberg with 24 assists and 11 digs.