Happenings from around D3 Women’s Volleyball this past week.
Emory coach McDowell notches 700th win
The No. 4-ranked Emory volleyball team posted a pair of Thursday evening victories against intra-city foes. The Eagles traveled to the campus of Agnes Scott College where they swept Oglethorpe University (25-16, 25-18, 25-13) before posting a similar result against the host Scotties (25-14, 25-16, 25-16). Highlighting the evening was Emory head coach Jenny McDowell notching her 700th career win following the outcome vs. Oglethorpe.
Emory 3, Oglethorpe 0
** The Eagles hit .301 (45-14—103) for the match vs. the Stormy Petrels’ .176 (27-11—91).
** Emory finishes with a 49-39 edge in digs and doles out 10 service aces.
** The Eagles spread out their offensive attack with sophomore Morgan McKnight pacing the squad with eight kills.
** Freshman Maggie Rimmel comes away with seven terminations and hits .455 (7-2—15) while junior Sydney Leimbach also chalks up seven kills
** Junior Mady Arles distributes 25 assists and contributes for digs.
** Freshman Leah Saunders finishes with a team-leading 13 digs to go along with her six successful attack attempts.
** Sophomore Elyse Thompson accounts for seven service aces, the high-water mark by an Emory player this year.
** The first set is knotted at 8-8 before a 14-3 Emory runs stakes it a 22-11 cushion.
** McKnight, Rimmel and Arles all record three kills in the opening set while Thompson picks up three aces.
** Set 2 sees the Eagles trail by a 14-12 count before a pair of kills by Saunders keys a 3-0 spurt to put Emory ahead by a point.
** Up 19-17, five straight Emory points, sparked by a pair of Leimbach kills, extends Emory to a 24-17 advantage.
** In the final set, Emory holds an 8-6 margin before going on a 5-0 run, aided by a pair of Thompson aces, to surge to a 13-6 lead. After the teams split the next eight points, Emory comes through with a 4-0 run to bolt to a 21-10 lead.
Emory 3, Agnes Scott 0
**With Coach McDowell freely using her bench, Emory checks in with .306 (41-11—98) attack percentage compared to ASC’s .079 (25-18—89). It is the 15th time this year that the Eagles have outhit their opponent.
** Junior Carly Saitman leads all players with a career-best 10 kills and hits .292 (10-3—24) for the contest.
** Sophomore Sarah Porter dishes out a season-high 33 assists and posts a hitting effort of .500 on the strength of six kills with zero errors in 12 swings. Porter also accounts for four of the squad’s 13 service aces.
** Freshman Jessica Schwenke and sophomore Katie Kane contribute to the win with seven kills apiece.
**Freshman Logan van Reken leads all players with 15 digs.
** Both Emory and Agnes Scott total 42 digs with the Eagles holding a 7-2 margin in total blocks.
** The first set sees Emory hit .342 (15-2—38) with Saitman and Kane each pounding out four terminations.
** The second set is deadlocked at 14-14 before Emory responds with a 6-0 blitz, with junior Mila Barzdukas coming through with a pair of aces. The Eagles close out the set on an 11-2 run to go up 2-0 in the match.
** Freshman Finn Wilkins keys an early 4-0 charge in the third set that pushes Emory to a 10-5 lead.
** The Scotties fight back to within one point (12-13) but the Eagles counter with an 8-1 outburst to move to a 21-13 cushion.
SOURCE: Emory Athletics Press Release
Cal Lutheran Coach Roesel tallies 300th Win
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — For 11-plus years, Kellee Roesel has been at the helm of the Cal Lutheran women’s volleyball program, where she has guided her teams to a plethora of success. On Saturday, Sept. 30, the Moorpark, Calif. native another milestone to her resume when a 3-0 victory over Caltech marked her 300th career win.
Roesel has been the driving force behind more than a decade of success on the court. During that time she has not only experienced team success, but has helped countless student-athletes to individual recognition as well.
Among her accomplishments are the 2015 NCAA Division III National title, 10 NCAA postseason appearances, eight Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Postseason Tournament appearances with five titles and automatic berths into the NCAA tournament, seven SCIAC championships and four NCAA Division III Regional crowns. Additionally, she has produced countless All-America honorees, All-West Region selections, All-SCIAC recipients and teams that have earned academic honors.
Through it all, Roesel has been assisted by Kevin Judd, the current head men’s volleyball coach at CLU. The pair has been coaching side-by-side for much longer than they have donned Violet and Gold and together they have built a dynasty for the Regals.
Cal Lutheran (8-9, 4-4 SCIAC) returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 10 when the Regals host La Verne for a 7:00 p.m. first serve against the Leopards.
SOURCE: Cal Lutheran Athletics Press Release
IWU wins 12th straight – sets School Record
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — The No. 13-ranked Illinois Wesleyan volleyball team won for the 12th straight time, setting a school record, with a 3-0 decision over Augustana by scores of 25-23, 25-16, 25-22 at the Carver P.E. Center in Rock Island, Ill., on Saturday, Oct. 7.
The Titans improved to 14-4 overall and 4-0 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin while Augustana slipped to 9-12 overall and 1-3 in the league.
Junior Tyler Brown led the way with nine kills and 21 digs while senior Kyleigh Block got seven kills with 15 digs and junior Maddie Williams had six kills and a team-high four blocks.
Kira Jackson had 18 set assists and freshman Caitlin Meyer provided 13 and junior Rachel Burkman had 16 digs.
SOURCE: Illinois Wesleyan Athletics Press Release