2010 NCAC Volleyball Tournament

NCAC Champions

WITTENBERG UNIVERSITY

2010 NCAC VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS

Semifinals: Friday, Nov. 5th (All Matches @ Wittenberg) Championship: Saturday, Nov. 6
#1 Wittenberg 3, # 4 Denison 0 (25-22, 25-11, 25-11) {Box Score} #1 Wittenberg 3, #2 Hiram 1 (25-27, 25-16, 25-16, 25-12) {Box Score}
#2 Hiram 3, #3 Wooster 0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-21) {Box Score} Tournament Stats

All-Tournament Team
Megan Early, Denison
Paige Parker, Wooster
Shaina Bryan, Hiram
Alyssa Coundourides, Hiram
Christina Gilene, Wittenberg
Miranda Sagle, Wittenberg
Amy Cox, Wittenberg (MVP)

Tournament Recap:
Top-seeded Wittenberg (30-2) claimed its 16th North Coast Tournament title and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Championship with a 3-1 decision over second-seeded Hiram (24-10) in the championship match. The two teams have squared off in nine straight championship matches and the Tigers hold an 8-1 advantage in those contests. Junior Kimmie Dyer (Copley, OH/Copley) smashed 16 kills while junior Hillary Monnin (Russia, OH/Russia) hit 13 kills without an error. Tournament MVP Amy Cox (Newark, OH/Catholic) had 46 assists with four digs and four kills. Hiram senior Shaina Bryan (South Euclid, OH/Brush) led the Terriers with 22 kills.

The Tigers earn their 16th straight trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. Eight regional tournaments are set for Nov. 12-14. The NCAA will release complete matchups and site information on Monday at www.ncaa.com. Wittenberg will host one of the regionals.

Wittenberg advanced to the final after sweeping fourth-seeded Denison (12-18), 3-0. Cox and Dyer, both of whom smashed nine kills, led the Tigers. Cox also contributed 26 assists and seven digs. Junior Lauren Strowder (Cleveland Hts., OH/Cleveland Hts.) paced the Big Red, who were making their first conference tournament appearance since 2006, with seven kills and five digs. 

Hiram posted a 3-0 victory over third-seeded Wooster (18-14), 25-19, 25-17, and 25-21 in its semifinal matchup. Bryan posted 16 kills and 11 digs to lead the Terriers, while the Fighting Scots got seven kills, six digs and five service aces from freshman Paige Parker (Springfield, OH/West Liberty Salem).

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Wittenberg (13-1, 28-2) posted  a share of its 16th North Coast Athletic Conference championship, while Hiram (13-1, 23-9) claims its second title and first since 2005.  Allegheny follows the Tigers with five championships, including four straight between 1988-91. Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan each hold a pair of titles, while Wooster has claimed one.

Wittenberg will host the 2010 NCAC tournament with semifinals on Friday and the championship match the following day. The Tigers start things off against fourth-seeded Denison (7-7, 12-17) at 5:30 p.m. The Tigers swept this fall’s regular season series against the Gators in straight sets. Second-seeded Hiram will square off against third-seeded Wooster (9-5, 18-13) at 8:00 p.m. This matchup is a repeat of last year’s semifinal contest. The Terriers took last year’s tourney matchup, as well as both meetings between the two teams this fall. Hiram edged the Fighting Scots, 3-0, last week, and took a 3-2 decision earlier in the season.

The championship game is set for 2:00 on Saturday.

Tourney Notes: The tournament winner receives the NCAC’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament ... Wittenberg is the defending tournament champion and has won 15 NCAC Tournaments. Allegheny follows the Tigers with five tourney championships, including four straight between 1988-91. Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan each hold a pair of titles, while Hiram and Wooster have each claimed one ... Wittenberg and Hiram have met in the past eight tournament championship games. The Tigers have claimed seven of those meetings; the Terriers won their first NCAC tournament title in 2006 ... Hiram is making its 10th-straight tournament appearance. Wooster is making its sixth post-season appearance since 2004, the first year the tournament changed to a top-four event. Denison is making its first appearance in the tournament since 2006.