Three teams remain unbeaten in league play through the first two weeks of NCAC volleyball action, including top-ranked Wittenberg (2-0), DePauw (2-0) and Kenyon (1-0). There is a full slate of conference action on the schedule this week with nine total league matches, led by Ohio Wesleyan hosting Denison on Tuesday night and Wittenberg traveling to Hiram on Friday night.
ALLEGHENY went 3-0 at its second home invitational of the season, posting wins over Westminster, 3-2, Buffalo State, 3-0, and Pitt.-Greensburg, 3-0. Over the course of the weekend, senior libero Terra Schall (Kittanning, PA/Kittanning) tallied 56 total digs, while classmate Leah Franzluebbers (Wethersfield, CT/East Catholic) smashed down 27 kills against just 10 hitting errors in 72 total attempts for a .236 hitting percentage, led by a 10-kill performance in the win over Buffalo State.
DENISON combined for a 1-3 record last week, dropping three non-conference matches against No. 22 Ohio Northern, 3-0, Bluffton, 3-2, and Otterbein, 3-2, but the Big Red bounced back with a dramatic 3-2 come-from-behind win over Hiram on Sunday. DU dropped the first two sets against the Terriers, before reeling off wins in the final three sets by scores of 26-24, 25-19 and 15-11 to post its first conference win of the season. Freshman Emma Woerner (Novato, CA/Novato) was a dual threat for the Big Red last week with 55 kills and 49 digs, which included a 17-dig and 13-kill effort in the win over Hiram.
DEPAUW moved its win streak to three-straight with a pair of 3-0 wins over No. 12 Millikin and Wooster. The Tigers posted a season-high .333 hitting percentage in the win over Wooster after totaling 48 kills and committing just 11 hitting errors in 111 total attempts. Junior outside hitter Suzanne Peters (Ft. Wayne, IN/Homestead) has now posted a double-double in three-straight matches with 16 kills and 11 digs against Millikin and 13 kills and 15 digs against the Fighting Scots.
HIRAM found itself on the opposite ends of a pair of 3-2 decisions last week, topping John Carroll in non-conference action on Wednesday, before dropping a heartbreaking match at Denison on Sunday. Junior setter Holly Hoffman (Streetsboro, OH/Crestwood) had a pair of double-double performances last week with 50 total set assists and 33 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Madison Fortune (Lorain, OH/Clearview) paced the Terriers in the win over JCU with 10 kills, 14 digs and four aces.
KENYON went 2-2 in non-conference action last week, book ending the week with a 3-0 win over Marietta on Tuesday and a 3-0 win over Capital on Saturday. In the four matches combined, sophomore Haley Witschey (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) led the Ladies with 38 kills against just eight hitting errors in 84 total attempts for a .357 hitting percentage.
OBERLIN dropped a pair of five-set matches last week against Case and Ohio Wesleyan. The Yeowomen held a 2-1 lead on Wednesday night against Case, but dropped the final two sets by scores of 25-22 and 15-13. On Sunday, the Yeowomen were one point away from a straight-set win over the Bishops, but OWU stormed back in the final two sets for the conference win. Sophomore outside hitter Maura Gibbs (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven) finished the week with 36 kills and 22 digs, which included a career-day against Case with 26 totals kills and a .350 hitting percentage.
OHIO WESLEYAN went 1-1 in NCAC action last week, dropping a 3-0 decision at Wittenberg on Friday, before posting a 3-2 come-from-behind win at Oberlin on Sunday. In the win over Oberlin, sophomore right-side hitter Jordan Brandt (Edwards, CO/Battle Mountain) paced the Bishops with 18 total kills, while freshman libero Meghan Schwallie (Crystal Lake, IL/Marian C.C.) led the defensive unit with 17 digs.
WITTENBERG, the top-ranked team in the nation in the AVCA Top-25, continued its winning ways last week with a pair of 3-0 wins over Ohio Wesleyan and John Carroll. Junior setter Karen Wildemann (Columbus, IN/North) was the quarterback of the Wittenberg offense with 25 set assists in both straight-set wins.
WOOSTER suffered a 3-0 loss at DePauw in its conference opener on Saturday. Despite the loss, senior setter Taylor Mathews (Dover, OH/Dover) logger her team-leading 11th double-double of the season with 17 assists and 13 digs.