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2013 Elmhurst Regional Guide

Also see the St. Thomas Regional Guide and the Calvin Regional Guide.

8 To Watch
Jenna Grasmeyer, Hope junior outside
Marci Novak, Elmhurst senior opposite
Alex Sheredy, Washington-St. Louis freshman outside
Annie Juenger, Otterbein senior outside
Faith Rolwes, DePauw sophomore setter
Kelsey Nobilio, Wisconsin-Whitewater junior libero
Claire Dezelski, Dominican senior outside
Sam Kersting, Webster junior middle

Random Factoid
This regional will feature four players who earned Academic All-District honors: Otterbein’s Annie Juenger and Emily Caldwell; Washington-St. Louis’s Tanya Marvi; and Elmhurst’s Kaitlyn Wilks.

Predicted Elmhurst Regional Final
Hope over Elmhurst

Predictions For The Other Regionals
St. Thomas Regional: St. Thomas over Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Calvin Regional: Calvin over Wittenberg
Trinity (Texas) Regional: Cal Lutheran over Trinity (Texas)
Emory Regional: Emory over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Juniata Regional: Juniata over Eastern
Clarkson Regional: Clarkson over Richard Stockton
Williams Regional: Springfield over Roger Williams

Printable National Bracket
Interactive National Bracket
Digital D-III Volleyball Championship program

The Schedule at R.A. Faganel Hall in Elmhurst, Ill.
NOV. 14 (times central)
12:30 p.m. #1 Hope (29-2) 3 vs. #8 Webster (26-8) 0
3:00 p.m. #4 Otterbein (26-7) 3 vs. #5 DePauw (26-6) 0
5:30 p.m. #3 Washington-St. Louis (26-7) 3 vs. #6 Wisconsin-Whitewater (27-11) 0
8:00 p.m. #2 Elmhurst (35-4) 3 vs. #7 Dominican (24-9) 0
NOV. 15
4:30 p.m. #1 Hope (30-2) 3 vs. #4 Otterbein (27-7) 1
7:00 p.m. #2 Elmhurst (36-4) 3 vs. #3 Washington-St. Louis (27-7) 0
NOV. 16
7:00 p.m. #1 Hope (31-2) 3 vs. #2 Elmhurst (37-4) 1

ELMHURST REGIONAL TEAM CAPSULES

No. 1 seed Hope College 29-2 (No. 1 Great Lakes; No. 2 AVCA)
Team Page Roster Schedule Stats
Location: Holland, Mich.
Nickname: Flying Dutch
Colors: Orange, blue
Enrollment: 3,325
Founded: 1866
Famous Alum: Sufjan Stevens, musician
Key wins: Bluffton (3-0); Chicago (3-0); Washington-St. Louis (3-1); Otterbein (3-0); Ohio Northern (3-0); Clarkson (3-0); Elmhurst (3-2); Wittenberg (3-2); Mount Union (3-0); Calvin (3-2).
Losses: Calvin (0-3)(2-3).
All-Conference Players (MIAA): Junior outside Jenna Grasmeyer (1st); sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp (1st); senior middle Courtney Earles (1st);  senior middle Mari Schoolmaster (2nd); junior outside Amy VanderStoep (2nd).
All-Region Players (Great Lakes): Junior outside Jenna Grasmeyer (1st); sophomore setter Lauren Hazekamp (1st); senior middle Courtney Earles (1st); junior outside Amy VanderStoep (1st); HC Becky Schmidt (Coach of the Year).

Team Leaders
Kills: Jenna Grasmeyer 396; Anna Lynch 213; Courtney Earles 212
Blocks: Mari Schoolmaster 74; C. Earles 60; Amy VanderStoep 47
Assists: Lauren Hazekamp 1102; A. VanderStoep 51; Elyse Maley 36
Digs: Allie Mitchell 355; Alexis Thompson 306; L. Hazekamp 294
Aces: J. Grasmeyer 55; A. Mitchell 47; L. Hazekamp 42

Team Stats (national rank)
Hitting Percentage: .277 (5)
Kills/Set:
13.97 (3)
Blocks/Set: 1.82 (78)
Assists/Set: 13.09 (3)
Digs/Set: 17.24 (68)
Aces/Set: 2.13 (106)

No. 2 seed Elmhurst College 35-4 (No. 1 Midwest; No. 5 AVCA)
Team Page Roster Schedule Stats
Location: Elmhurst, Ill.
Nickname: Bluejays
Colors: Blue, white
Enrollment: 3,400
Founded: 1871
Famous Alum: Walter Brueggemann, theologian
Key wins: Chicago (3-1); Dominican (3-0); UW-Whitewater (3-2); Clarkson (3-2)(3-0); Christopher Newport (3-0); UW-Eau Claire (3-1); Washington-St. Louis (3-2); Concordia-Moorhead (3-0); Wartburg (3-1); Chicago (3-0); DePauw (3-0); Millikin (3-1)(3-1).
Losses: UC Santa Cruz (0-3); St. Thomas (1-3); Hope (2-3); Calvin (0-3).
All-Conference Players (CCIW): Senior opposite Marci Novak (Co-Player of the Year); senior middle Megan Reynolds (1st); junior outside Sam Szarmach (1st); senior middle Kaitlyn Wilks (1st); senior libero Hannah Lessen (2nd); freshman setter Hannah Nimrick (3rd); HC Julie Hall (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (Midwest): Senior opposite Marci Novak (1st); senior middle Megan Reynolds (1st); junior outside Sam Szarmach (1st); senior middle Kaitlyn Wilks (1st); HC Julie Hall (Coach of the Year).

Team Leaders
Kills: Sam Szarmach 405; Marci Novak 359; Kaitlyn Wilks 325
Blocks: Megan Reynolds 182; K. Wilks 100; S. Szarmach 63
Assists: Lauren Lorenz 636; Hannah Nimrick 433; Katie Rueffer 350
Digs: Hannah Lessen 563; M. Novak 387; Dana Loncar 311
Aces: L. Lorenz 48; M. Novak 47; H. Lessen 37

Team Stats (national rank)
Hitting Percentage: .262 (14)
Kills/Set: 13.93 (5)
Blocks/Set: 2.25 (17)
Assists/Set: 12.67 (10)
Digs/Set: 16.39 (114)
Aces/Set: 1.61 (250+)

No. 3 seed Washington University in St. Louis 26-7 (No. 2 Central; No. 11 AVCA)
Team Page Roster Schedule Stats
Location: St. Louis, Mo.
Nickname: Bears
Colors: Red, green
Enrollment: 7,303
Founded: 1853
Famous Alum: Harold Ramis, film director
Key wins: Webster (3-1); Cornell (3-1); Ohio Northern (3-0); Pacific Lutheran (3-2); Wittenberg (3-1); UW-Eau Claire (3-0); Millikin (3-2); UW-Whitewater (3-2); DePauw (3-0); Carnegie Mellon (3-0); New York University (3-0); Emory (3-2); Buffalo St. (3-0).
Losses: Hope (1-3); Calvin (0-3); Juniata (2-3); Elmhurst (2-3); Chicago (1-3); Emory (0-3); Carnegie Mellon (2-3).
All-Conference Players (UAA): Freshman middle Caroline Dupont (1st, Co-Rookie of the Year); sophomore middle Jackie Nelligan (1st); senior outside Meghan Byrne (2nd); freshman outside Alex Sheredy (HM); sophomore setter Cassie Wang (HM).
All-Region Players (Central): Freshman middle Caroline Dupont (1st, Freshman of the Year); sophomore middle Jackie Nelligan (1st); senior outside Meghan Byrne (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Alex Sheredy 353; Caroline Dupont 349; Jackie Nelligan 275
Blocks: J. Nelligan 103; C. Dupont 101; Nkiru Udenze 48
Assists: Cassie Wang 733; Allison Zastrow 569; Kalehua Katagiri 98
Digs: K. Katagiri 509; A. Sheredy 317; C. Wang 265
Aces: Meghan Byrne 45; C. Dupont 33; A. Sheredy 28

Team Stats (national rank)
Hitting Percentage: .235 (33)
Kills/Set: 13.46 (14)
Blocks/Set: 1.91 (58)
Assists/Set: 12.49 (14)
Digs/Set: 15.74 (141)
Aces/Set: 1.78 (235)

No. 4 seed Otterbein University 26-7 (No. 5 Great Lakes; No. 18 AVCA)
Team Page Roster Schedule Stats
Location: Westerville, Ohio
Nickname: Cardinals
Colors: Tan, cardinal
Enrollment: 2,700
Founded: 1847
Famous Alum: Rachael Harris, actress
Key wins: Christopher Newport (3-1); Washington and Lee (3-0); Carnegie Mellon (3-1); Mount Union (3-0).
Losses: Hope (0-3); Wittenberg (1-3); Calvin (0-3); Northwestern (Ohio) (1-3); Ohio Northern (0-3); Heidelberg (2-3); Mount Union (0-3).
All-Conference Players (OAC): Junior setter Tabatha Piper (1st); senior outside Annie Juenger (1st); junior middle Kim Barker (2nd).
All-Region Players (Great Lakes): Senior outside Annie Juenger (1st); junior setter Tabatha Piper (1st).

Team Leaders
Kills: Annie Juenger 389; Kendel Kellogg 261; Kim Barker 236
Blocks: K. Barker 61; Liz Palmer 43; K. Kellogg 34
Assists: Tabatha Piper 1128; Emily Caldwell 118; Evelyn Carus 35
Digs: E. Caldwell 471; A. Juenger 249; T. Piper 199
Aces: K. Barker 45; A. Juenger 44; E. Caldwell 30

Team Stats (national rank)
Hitting Percentage: .263 (13)
Kills/Set: 13.91 (6)
Blocks/Set: 1.35 (248)
Assists/Set: 12.70 (9)
Digs/Set: 14.41 (250+)
Aces/Set: 2.05 (130)

No. 5 seed DePauw University 26-6 (No. 7 Great Lakes; No. 25 AVCA)
Team Page Roster Schedule Stats
Location: Greencastle, Ind.
Nickname: Tigers
Colors: Black, old gold
Enrollment: 2,400
Founded: 1837
Famous Alum: Dan Quayle, 44th U.S. Vice President
Key wins: Thomas More (3-0); UW-Whitewater (3-0); Chicago (3-0).
Losses: Ohio Northern (2-3); Wittenberg (1-3); Washington-St. Louis (0-3); Denison (0-3); Elmhurst (0-3).
All-Conference Players (NCAC): Sophomore setter Faith Rolwes (1st); sophomore libero Keely McGrath (2nd); freshman middle Elisabeth Wilson (2nd); sophomore outside Lauren Falotico (HM).
All-Region Players (Great Lakes): Sophomore setter Faith Rolwes (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Sarah Burtenshaw 267; Lauren Falotico 246; Mary Kate Etling 230
Blocks: Elisabeth Wilson 104; Faith Rolwes 58; M.K. Etling 51
Assists: F. Rolwes 1039; Molly Rinehart 94; Kelly Doyle 51
Digs: Keely McGrath 543; Tori Bowerman 291; Brekiesha Weszely 237
Aces: K. McGrath 44; T. Bowerman 32; B. Weszely 26

Team Stats (national rank)
Hitting Percentage: .232 (36)
Kills/Set: 13.06 (29)
Blocks/Set: 1.70 (122)
Assists/Set: 12.07 (27)
Digs/Set: 17.46 (62)
Aces/Set: 1.56 (250+)

No. 6 seed University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 27-11 (No. 5 Midwest; RV AVCA)
Team Page Roster Schedule Stats
Location: Whitewater, Wis.
Nickname: Warhawks
Colors: Purple, white
Enrollment: 10,230
Founded: 1868
Famous Alum: Reince Priebus, RNC Chairman
Key wins: Dominican (3-0); Millikin (3-1); Northwestern (3-1); Christopher Newport (3-0); Juniata (3-0); Wartburg (3-1); UW-Eau Claire (3-1).
Losses: Carthage (1-3); Transylvania (1-3); Elmhurst (2-3); UW-Stevens Point (2-3)(1-3); Eastern (1-3); Washington-St. Louis (2-3); DePauw (0-3); UW Oshkosh (1-3); Coe (0-3); UW-Eau Claire (1-3).
All-Conference Players (WIAC): Junior libero Kelsey Nobilio (1st, All-Defensive Team); junior setter Kim Frei (1st); sophomore middle Alivia Holman (1st); junior middle Kristen Ruchti (1st).
All-Region Players (Midwest): Junior setter Kim Frei (1st); sophomore middle Alivia Holman (1st); junior opposite Ariel Feiertag (1st); freshman outside Lauren Pfeifer (HM, Freshman of the Year); junior libero Kelsey Nobilio (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Lauren Pfeifer 361; Kristen Ruchti 282; two tied with 280
Blocks: Alivia Holman 130; Kristen Ruchti 112; A. Feiertag 75
Assists: Kim Frei 1379; Kelsey Nobilio 105; S. Hasler 66
Digs: K. Nobilio 624; Jaclyn Krizka 352; K. Frei 287
Aces: K. Frei 40; S. Hasler 37; K. Nobilio 31

Team Stats (national rank)
Hitting Percentage: .219 (56)
Kills/Set: 12.94 (33)
Blocks/Set: 2.34 (13)
Assists/Set: 11.85 (32)
Digs/Set: 15.33 (224)
Aces/Set: 1.54 (250+)

No. 7 seed Dominican University 24-9 (NR Midwest; NR AVCA)
Team Page Roster Schedule Stats
Location: River Forest, Ill.
Nickname: Stars
Colors: Royal blue, black, white
Enrollment: 3,900
Founded: 1901
Famous Alum: Agnes Awuor, Kenyon politician
Key wins: None.
Losses: Elmhurst (0-3); UW-Whitewater (0-3); Chicago (1-3); Carthage (2-3); UW-Eau Claire (1-3); UW Oshkosh (0-3); Wartburg (0-3); Coe (2-3); Edgewood (2-3).
All-Conference Players (NACC): Senior outside Claire Dezelski (Player of the Year); junior libero Cheyanne Kelly (1st, Defensive Player of the Year); sophomore setter Christina Wilson (1st); sophomore outside Caitlen Foote (2nd).
All-Region Players (Midwest): Senior outside Claire Dezelski (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Claire Dezelski 452; Caitlen Foote 276; Carri Chambers 212
Blocks: Tessa Griparis 98; Alyssa Davis 63; Maddi Zanoni 37
Assists: Christina Wilson 640; Becky Honerlaw 572; Cheyanne Kelly 32
Digs: C. Kelly 540; C. Dezelski 437; C. Foote 395
Aces: C. Dezelski 28; C. Chambers 25; B. Honerlaw 23

Team Stats (national rank)
Hitting Percentage: .200 (91)
Kills/Set: 13.34 (15)
Blocks/Set: 1.75 (87)
Assists/Set: 12.34 (17)
Digs/Set: 20.08 (5)
Aces/Set: 1.33 (250+)

No. 8 seed Webster University 26-8 (NR Central; NR AVCA)
Team Page Roster Schedule Stats
Location: Webster Groves, Mo.
Nickname: Gorloks
Colors: Navy, gold, white
Enrollment: 4,895
Founded: 1915
Famous Alum: Marsha Mason, actress
Key wins: None.
Losses: Washington-St. Louis (1-3); Defiance (0-3); Greenville (0-3)(0-3); Millikin (1-3); Southwestern (Texas) (0-3); Springfield (0-3); Trinity (Texas) (2-3).
All-Conference Players (SLIAC): Junior middle Sam Kersting (1st); junior middle Emily Ratkewicz (1st); junior outside Jenny Howard (HM); junior setter Allie O’Toole (HM); junior outside Jordan Vehlewald (HM).
All-Region Players (Central): None.

Team Leaders
Kills: Sam Kersting 345; Emily Ratkewicz 183; Kristen McDowell 170
Blocks: S. Kersting 157; E. Ratkewicz 110; K. McDowell 51
Assists: Allie O’Toole 606; Ashley Fawcett 402; Victoria Jewell 109
Digs: Katie O’Toole 457; Jordan Vehlewald 376; Megan Morrison 298
Aces: A. Fawcett 31; A. O’Toole 28; J. Vehlewald 24

Team Stats (national rank)
Hitting Percentage: .219 (54)
Kills/Set: 12.36 (69)
Blocks/Set: 2.60 (4)
Assists/Set: 11.13 (83)
Digs/Set: 17.03 (84)
Aces/Set: 1.39 (250+)

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

November 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

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