D III Women's Volleyball

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Archive for November 2009

A couple of Bears named coaches of the year

Washington University head coach Rich Luenemann was named the AVCA National Coach of the Year. The Bears (34-4) won their NCAA-record 10th national title this month with a four-set win over Juniata College. It was Luenemann’s third championship and sixth title match appearance in his 11 seasons at the Wash U helm.

Ohio Northern University’s Brian Hofman won the AVCA’s inaugural National Assistant Coach of the Year award. Hofman completed his 17th season at ONU as its middle blocker coach. Hofman’s Polar Bears, including First-Team All-American MB Liz Schnelle, went 30-4 this season before losing in the regional finals to host and eventual Final 4 participant Hope College.

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

November 29, 2009 at 1:21 am

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Latest NCAA stat leaders

NCAA statistics are updated through 11/15. Here are the leaders in the Central and Midwest regions.

Aces/Set, player: (None in top 50)
Aces/Set, team: (None in top 50)
Assists/Set, player: 11.51 (1st), Marilee Fisher, Washington freshman
Assist/Set, team: 13.35 (1st), Washington
Blocks/Set, player: 1.25 (8th), Chelsea Lundgren, Northland senior
Blocks/Set, team: 2.48 (6th), Carleton
Digs/Set, player: 6.55 (7th), Stephanie Ryding, North Central (Ill.) senior
Digs/Set, team: 21.8 (1st), St. Thomas
Hitting Percentage, player: .358 (23rd) Elise Schmid, Nebraska Wesleyan senior
Hitting Percentage, team: .246 (17th), Washington
Kills/Set, player: 4.93 (1st), Kim Smisek, St. Olaf junior
Kills/Set, team: 14.51 (1st), Washington
Winning Percentage: .950 (2nd) UW Oshkosh

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 22, 2009 at 12:50 pm

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2009 Nationals All-Tournament Team

I’ll fill in the blanks when it’s posted, or when I stumble upon more names, or when someone tells me.

Lauren Budde, Washington sophomore middle hitter (Most Outstanding Player)
Kristen Thomas, sophomore outside hitter
Kelly Pang, Washington freshman libero

My best guesses at others:
Drew Barnhart, Juniata sophomore outside hitter
Megan Sollenberger, Juniata senior libero
Jacie Fiedler, Hope sophomore middle hitter
Christina Cahoon, UW Oshkosh junior libero

No setters, I know.

UPDATE: Thanks to a comment alerting me, here are the other players honored:
Drew Barnhart, Juniata sophomore outside hitter
Steph Strauss, Juniata junior setter
Jacie Fiedler, Hope sophomore middle hitter
Christina Cahoon, UW Oshkosh junior libero

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 22, 2009 at 7:26 am

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Championship media coverage

Plus a tardy entry about the AVCA National Player of the Year.

Women’s volleyball wins NCAA record tenth national title” (Wash U’s Student Life, 11/21)
WU Volleyball Wins NCAA-Record 10th National Championship” (Wash U athletics site, 11/21)
Washington-St. Louis Beats Juniata In Four Sets To Take 10th National Title” (NCAA.com, 11/21)
D-III Championship Sidebar: Pang Poised At Libero” (NCAA.com, 11/21)
Women’s volleyball drops heartbreaker to Washington University in championship match” (Juniata athletics site, 11/21)

Doug Ritchay column: Cahoon named player of the year and it’s well deserved” (The Oshkosh Northwestern, 11/22)

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 22, 2009 at 7:16 am

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Wash U downs Juniata for national title

Behind a balanced offensive attack under the direction of freshman setter Marilee Fisher, No. 4 Washington beat No. 1 Juniata in four sets to claim the program’s 10th national championship.

Wash U had four players reach double figures in kills, led by Lauren Budde’s 15. Kristen Thomas and Marya Kaminski had 12 kills apiece and Erin Albers added 10. Fisher, the national leader in assists per set, finished with a match-high 48 helpers. Bears freshman All-American libero Kelly Pang led all players with 30 digs.

The difference to me was passing. Wash U was in-system much more often than Juniata. End of story. Fisher had so many options. Juniata often had to scramble and patch points together. The Eagles never found the rhythm and tempo that marks the usual Juniata machine.

Drew Barnhart led the Eagle attack with 13 kills. No other Juniata player reached double figures.

Wash U scored championship point (25-21) on a Juniata service error.

Wash U also won titles in 1989, 1991-96, 2003 and 2007. Wash U’s 10th title extends its D-III record. Former D-III school UC San Diego won seven championships from 1981-97.

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

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Elite 8 highlight videos

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 21, 2009 at 6:40 pm

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Local semifinal coverage

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 21, 2009 at 8:35 am

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