Volleyball Week in Review

Now that the D3 Volleyball season is a week into their 2017 schedule, we take a look at some of the highlights and stand-out performances from around the nation.


Vassar‘s Gallagher Has Big Weekend

The Vassar volleyball team traveled to Cortland State over the weekend for the Red Dragon Classic, and despite a .500 weekend Brewer hitter Devan Gallagher posted big numbers.

Vassar junior Devon Gallagher posted three double-doubles during the Red Dragon Classic at Cortland over the weekend

The Brewers finished the weekend 2-2, opening with a 15-13 nail-biting five set victory over Lebanon Valley followed by a 3-0 win over Coast Guard. Juanita and Rochester handed Vassar a pair of 3-0 losses.

Gallagher was the story though. The junior had a match-best 19 terminations, and also posted a career-best 17 digs in the loss against the Yellowjackets. Gallagher finished the weekend with three double-doubles, which were the first three of her career at Vassar. For the four matches at Cortland, Gallagher finished with 84 total kills, averaging 6.00 per set while hitting .303.


Millikin Sweeps Pacific Coast Classic; Syversen and Goodey named All-Tournament

Millikin’s Erin Syversen was named to the Pacific Cost Classic All-Tournament Team

Millikin opened the season in impressive fashion with a 3-0 victory over Brockport, followed by a 3-1 win over host and No. 7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at the Pacific Coast Classic in Claremont, California.

In its opening match, Millikin defeated fellow Sweet 16 qualifier Brockport, 25-0, 25-15, 25-19. Erin Syversen and Emily Seegmiller led the way, each with 13 kills for Millikin

The second match featured Big Blue downing seventh ranked CMS, 27-25, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18. Syversen again led the way for Millikin with 17 kills, 13 digs and four service aces.

Alora Goodey was also named to the All-Tournament Team

On Saturday Big Blue picked up another pair of wins at Pomona-Pitzer to go to 4-0 for the tournament. Millikin opened up the day defeating Chapman 3-1, 25-21, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15 and closed with a 4-game win over the host Sagehens 3-1, 23-25, 25-15, 25-9, 25-15.

Syversen continued her stellar start to her senior season with 18 kills and four service aces. Fellow senior Alora Goodey added 15 kills and two blocks.

In the second match of the day, Goodey led the way with 15 kills. Syversen had 14 kills and Marissa McElroy had 11 kills.

Syversen and Goodey were both named to the All-Tournament Team. Goodey finished the weekend with 50 kills and seven blocks, while Syversen had 62 kills, 32 digs and 17 service aces.


St. Thomas (MN) leaves Puget Sound with 3-1 mark; Ties school scoring mark

Coach Thahn Pham and the St. Thomas Volleyball team traveled to Tacoma, Washington for the four-match Puget Sound Premiere Tournament this past weekend, leaving the coast with a 3-1 record.

Tommie libero Ellie Meyer (Mark Brown/University of St. Thomas)

Tommie Volleyball went 1-1 on Friday in the season-openers.

St. Thomas lost 3-0 to Pacific Lutheran (WA) in an afternoon contest, 25-18, 25-16 and 28-26. UST led late in the third and set 25-24 trying to stay alive, but Pac Lutheran surged to close out the victory, 28-26. UST’s Julia Spacek had eight kills and four blocks; Ellie Meyer had 24 digs; and Madie Kroehler had two aces and 15 digs.

The Tommies rebounded against Clarkson (NY) winning 3-0, 25-12, 25-20, 25-19, led by a .371 attack percentage. Ellie Etzell had 10 kills and three blocks and Whitney Lloyd added eight kills.

In Saturday’s opening matchup with previously-unbeaten Puget Sound, the Tommies handed the Loggers a 3-0 defeat and followed with another shutout 3-game run against Edgewood (WI). The clinching set was a 36-34 win against Edgewood.

The Tommies hit .234 in the 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 win over Puget. They were led by Spacek and Lloyd with 14 and 11 kills, respectively. Kroehler added 17 digs, nine kills and three aces. Meyer added 18 digs.

The 36 points in the deciding set vs. Edgewood broke the old Tommie school record for points since the 25-point format came into play 10 years ago. UST recorded 35 in a 37-35 set loss to St. Scholastica in 2011. The 36 ties for the second most by an MIAC team — Concordia beat Bethel 38-36 in a set during a 2008 match. It also ties for the 12th most points scored by a Division III team in the 10 years of the current scoring format.


AVCA Top-25 Update…..

Cornell (IA) and Carnegie-Mellon enter Top-25

In today’s Top-25 Poll from the American Volleyball Coaches Association, Cornell (IA) and Carnegie Mellon emerged as newcomers to the listing after posting perfect 4-0 weeks.

For Cornell, their 19th ranking marks the first time the Rams have been in the national rankings since 2015 (No. 22) and topped their highest previous ranking of No. 20 in the 2014 poll.

The Rams earned their place with four wins at last weekend’s Bear Invitational in St. Louis, Missouri. Cornell beat No. 3 WashingtonU in four sets and swept No. 20 Hendrix, while also claiming wins over Webster (W, 3-0) and Dominican (W, 3-2).

Carnegie-Mellon earned their spot in the rankings after opening their season at the Ohio Northern Invitational, sweeping all four of their matches.

The Tartans finished play on Friday with two 3-0 victories, the first over Defiance College and the second over Thomas More College and earning head coach Kim Kelly her 500th career match and 250th at Carnegie Mellon University.

CMU remained unbeaten with a pair of wins on Saturday, starting the day with a 3-2 win over the 22nd-ranked Polar Bears of Ohio Northern before topping Ohio Wesleyan 3-0 in the nightcap to move to 4-0 on the season.

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