NCAC volleyball teams continued their dominance against non-conference foes last week as all nine league teams still hold a record of .500 or better on the season, led by nationally-ranked Wittenberg opening the season at 9-0 overall for the first time since 2007. The conference portion of the 2017 schedule kicks off this Saturday with four matches on the slate, highlighted by DePauw hosting Denison in Indiana.
ALLEGHENY went 1-2 last weekend at the Bluffton Fall Classic, earning its lone win against Trine on Saturday by a 3-2 count. In the victory, senior Leah Franzluebbers (Wethersfield, CT/East Catholic) had 17 kills and six blocks, while senior Terra Schall (Kittanning, PA/Kittanning) racked up 34 total digs. In addition, senior libero Kylee Karczewski (South Bend, IN/George Washington) earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after finishing the three-match stretch with 34 digs and six service aces.
DENISON pulled off a five-set home win over Capital in its only action last week. At 7-2 overall, DU is off to its best start since the 2012 season. Freshman Emma Woerner (Novato, CA/Novato) tallied a double-double in the come-from-behind victory with 15 kills and 15 digs.
DEPAUW, which appears in the “Others Receiving Votes” section of the AVCA Top-25, sits at 7-5 overall on the year after dropping three-of-four matches over the weekend at its own Tiger Invitational. DPU knocked off local-rival Rose-Hulman, 3-1, on Friday. Sophomore right-side hitter Morgan Stearley (Center Point, IN/Northview) was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging a double-double on the weekend with 63 kills and 65 digs, which included 13-kill and 22-dig effort against RHIT.
HIRAM posted a perfect 5-0 record last week, dropping just two sets throughout the week, with wins over Geneva, 3-1, Kalamazoo, 3-0, Albion, 3-1, Beloit, 3-0, and Anderson, 3-0. Defensively, Hiram held its opponents to under .100 hitting three times on the week. Senior outside hitter Grace Wilson (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls), who had 14 kills in the win over Geneva, was joined on the Kalamazoo Hornet Invitational All-Tournament Team by sophomore teammate Summer Schervish (Mentor, OH/Mentor). In the four tournament matches, Wilson hit .354 with 29 kills, while Schervish hit at a .424 clip with 38 total kills.
KENYON opened the week with a 3-0 loss at Otterbein, before posting a 2-1 record over the weekend at the OWU Bishop Invitational with wins over Grove City, 3-2, and Adrian, 3-1. The Ladies have now opened the season at 8-3 overall for the second year in a row. Senior setter Jensen Shurbert (Santa Cruz, CA/Pacific Collegiate) landed on the All-Tournament Team at OWU after finishing the weekend with 94 set assists, 27 digs and eight kills.
OBERLIN went 3-1 last weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After dropping the first match of the weekend against Chatham, the Yeowomen rattled off three-straight wins over Pitt.-Greensburg, 3-0, Earlham, 3-0, and La Roche, 3-2. Sophomore setter Samantha Lam (Daly City, CA/San Francisco Univ.) paced Oberlin on the weekend with 97 set assists, 13 digs and seven service aces, which included passing out 40 assists in the win over Earlham.
OHIO WESLEYAN was a perfect 3-0 over the weekend at its own Bishop Invitational, collecting wins over Grove City, 3-1, Transylvania, 3-0, and Adrian, 3-0. Senior outside hitter Iris Anderson (Elk Grove, CA/Christian Brothers) was named the Most Valuable Player at the Bishop Invitational after finishing the three-match stretch with 43 kills, 39 digs, three service aces and four total blocks. She posted a season-high 19 digs in the win over Grove City and matched her season-best with 18 kills against Adrian.
WITTENBERG, ranked third in the most recent AVCA Top-25, continued its hot start to the 2017 season with three wins last weekend as part of its own Fall Classic on Homecoming weekend. The Tigers knocked off Clarkson, 3-0, on Friday, before collecting a pair of 3-1 wins on Saturday against No. 12 Washington (MO) and Ohio Northern. Sophomore libero Taylor Yontz (Springfield, OH/Shawnee) was named to the Fall Classic All-Tournament Team after logging 72 digs, nine set assists and three service aces in the three matches combined.
WOOSTER extended its winning streak to six-straight after posting a perfect 5-0 record last week, which included a quartet of wins over the weekend at its own Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic against Capital, 3-1, Frostburg State, 3-1, Pitt.-Bradford, 3-0, and Franciscan, 3-1. Senior outside hitter Ksenia Klue (Medina, OH/Medina) and junior libero Jordan Murray (Toledo, OH/Bowsher) were both named to the Ginny Hunt Kilt All-Classic Team. Klue, who notched a double-double in a 3-1 midweek win over John Carroll with 16 kills and 12 digs, finished the week with 61 kills and 58 digs, which included another double-double against Frostburg State with 15 kills and 16 digs.