D III Women's Volleyball

A source for NCAA Division III women's volleyball info and opinion, with a focus on the Midwest and Central regions

2016 Nationals Guide

Also See: Calvin Regional Guide; Northwestern Regional Guide; Wisconsin-Whitewater Regional Guide

8 To Watch
Laura Danhoff, Calvin senior middle
Jessica Holler, Emory senior middle
Nikki Welch, Southwestern senior setter
Stephanie Elechko, Eastern senior outside
Emma Olson, Mary Washington senior setter
Caroline Dupont, Washington-St. Louis senior middle
Lindsey Peterson, Northwestern junior outside
Elizabeth Ahrens, Tufts senior middle

Links Of Interest:
Wisconsin-Oshkosh Host Website
Interactive National Bracket
Championship Digital Program
NCAA Championship Stats
NCAA Season Stats
Championship History
Championship Records Book
NCAA Records Books
NCAA Regional Rankings
AVCA National Rankings

Regional Webpages
Calvin
Northwestern
Wisconsin-Whitewater
Brockport
Mary Washington
Stevens
Texas Dallas
Tufts

Schedule at Kolf Sports Center in Oshkosh, Wis.
Nov. 17 (times central)
12:30 p.m. #2 Calvin (30-1) 3 vs. #5 Emory (33-5) 2
3 p.m. #13 Eastern (32-5) 2 vs. #18 Northwestern (33-4) 3
5:30 p.m. #7 Southwestern 3 (33-4) vs. Tufts (27-3) 2
8 p.m. #14 Mary Washington (31-3) 2 vs. #16 Washington-St. Louis (25-10) 3
Nov. 18
5 p.m. #2 Calvin (31-1) 3 vs. #18 Northwestern (34-4) 0
7:30 p.m. #7 Southwestern (34-4) 0 vs. #16 Washington-St. Louis (26-10) 3
Nov. 19
7 p.m. #2 Calvin (32-1) 3 vs. #16 Washington-St. Louis (27-10) 0

DIVISION III WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM CAPSULES

No. 2 Calvin College 30-1 (No. 1 Great Lakes Region)
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Location: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Nickname: Knights
Colors: Maroon & gold
Enrollment: 3,918
Founded: 1876
Famous Alum: Marc Evan Jackson, actor
Key Wins: Millikin (3-2)(3-1); UW-Eau Claire (3-0); Chicago (3-0); Heidelberg (3-0); Juniata (3-0); Wittenberg (3-1); Hope (3-0)(3-2); Clarkson (3-0); Elmhurst (3-0); Ohio Wesleyan (3-1); Pitt-Bradford (3-0); DePauw (3-0).
Losses: Hope (2-3).
All-Conference Players (MIAA): Senior MH Laura Danhoff (Player of the Year); junior S Jenna Lodewyk (1st); sophomore OH Anna Kamp (1st); sophomore L Keilahna Castillo (2nd, Defensive Player of the Year); freshman MH Sarah DeVries (2nd, Freshman of the Year).
All-Region Players (Great Lakes): Senior MH Laura Danhoff (1st); junior S Jenna Lodewyk (1st); sophomore OH Anna Kamp (1st); sophomore L Keilahna Castillo (1st); freshman MH Sarah DeVries (HM).
All-America Players: Senior MH Laura Danhoff (1st); sophomore OH Anna Kamp (1st); junior S Jenna Lodewyk (2nd); sophomore L Keilahna Castillo (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Laura Danhoff 383; Anna Kamp 337; Tessa Van Laare 238
Assists: Jenna Lodewyk 1,060; Keilahna Castillo 100; Emily Blankespoor 55
Aces: Kristen Vyletel 69; L. Danhoff 55; E. Blankespoor 51
Digs: K. Castillo 386; E. Blankespoor 255; K. Vyletel 244
Blocks: L. Danhoff 78; Sarah DeVries 75; Ally Fea 42

Team Stats (national ranks)
Kills/Set: 13.60 (10)
Hitting Percentage: .275 (2)
Digs/Set: 15.29 (267)
Blocks/Set: 1.69 (124)
Aces/Set: 2.79 (17)

No. 5 Emory University 33-5 (No. 1 South Region)
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Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Nickname: Eagles
Colors: Blue & gold
Enrollment: 7,656
Founded: 1836
Famous Alum: Amy Ray & Emily Saliers, Indigo Girls
Key Wins: St. Thomas (3-1); UW-Oshkosh (3-0); Ohio Wesleyan (3-2); Mary Washington (3-0); Berry (3-0)(3-0); Hendrix (3-2); Birmingham-Southern (3-0); Rochester (3-1); Carnegie Mellon (3-1)(3-0); Washington-St. Louis (3-1)(3-1); Juniata (3-1); Randolph-Macon (3-0); Clarkson (3-0)(3-1); Washington & Lee (3-0); New Rochelle (3-0); Brockport (3-0).
Losses: Eastern (2-3); Chicago (1-3); Cal Lutheran (0-3); Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (1-3); Saint Benedict (2-3).
All-Conference Players (UAA): Senior MH Jessica Holler (Player of the Year); senior RS Sarah Maher (1st); sophomore MH Sydney Leimbach (1st); senior OH Kathryn Trinka (2nd); sophomore L Becky Breuer (2nd); freshman S Sarah Porter (HM).
All-Region Players (South): Senior MB Jessica Holler (1st); senior RS Sarah Maher (1st); sophomore MB Sydney Leimbach (1st).
All-America Players: Senior MB Jessica Holler (1st); senior RS Sarah Maher (1st); sophomore MB Sydney Leimbach (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Jessica Holler 395; Sarah Maher 276; Sydney Leimbach 273
Assists: Sarah Porter 763; Hannah Billings 514; Mady Arles 210
Aces: Becky Breuer & J. Holler 40; S. Porter 38
Digs: B. Breuer 393; S. Maher 348; Sara Carr 279
Blocks: J. Holler 130; S. Leimbach 93; Kathryn Trinka 46

Team Stats (national ranks)
Kills/Set: 13.76 (7)
Hitting Percentage: .266 (5)
Digs/Set: 16.79 (137)
Blocks/Set: 1.90 (70)
Aces/Set: 1.69 (255)

No. 7 Southwestern University 33-4 (No. 4 West Region)
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Location: Georgetown, Texas
Nickname: Pirates
Colors: Black & gold
Enrollment: 1,536
Founded: 1840
Famous Alum: Bill Engvall, comedian
Key Wins: Carthage (3-2); Puget Sound (3-1); Vassar (3-1); Whitworth (3-0); Trinity (Texas) (3-1); Colorado College (3-0)(3-2)(3-0); Mary Washington (3-1); Christopher Newport (3-2); Johns Hopkins (3-1); Hendrix (3-2); La Verne (3-2); Texas Dallas (3-2).
Losses: Trinity (Texas) (1-3)(2-3); Texas Dallas (0-3); Colorado College (2-3).
All-Conference Players (SCAC): Senior S Nikki Welch (1st); junior RS Kate Mitchell (1st); senior MB Kirby Kincannon (2nd); senior L Andie Alford (2nd); Don Flora (Co-Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (West): Senior S Nikki Welch (1st); junior RS Kate Mitchell (1st).
All-America Players: Senior S Nikki Welch (2nd); junior RS Kate Mitchell (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Kate Mitchell 449; Jamison Duck 363; Piper Sisemore 336
Assists: Nikki Welch 1,409; Sydney Rochelle 97; Kirby Kincannon 51
Aces: Megan Grimes 48; K. Mitchell 38; Andie Alford & N. Welch 33
Digs: A. Alford 683; J. Duck 425; N. Welch 413
Blocks: K. Kincannon 117; K. Mitchell 80; P. Sisemore 76

Team Stats (national ranks)
Kills/Set: 13.20 (24)
Hitting Percentage: .208 (68)
Digs/Set: 20.21 (4)
Blocks/Set: 1.52 (177)
Aces/Set: 1.64 (283)

No. 13 Eastern University 32-5 (No. 3 Mid-Atlantic Region)
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Location: St. Davids, Pa.
Nickname: Eagles
Colors: Maroon & white
Enrollment: 4,300
Founded: 1925
Famous Alum: Marvin Rees, politician
Key Wins: Swarthmore (3-0); Johns Hopkins (3-2); Ohio Northern (3-0); Franklin and Marshall (3-1); Salisbury (3-1); Ithaca (3-0); Stockton (3-2); Messiah (3-0); Millikin (3-1); Emory (3-2); Hunter (3-0); Farmingdale St. (3-0); Ramapo (3-0); Stevens (3-0).
Losses: Juniata (1-3); Luther (0-3); Colorado College (2-3); Stevenson (1-3); Mary Washington (1-3).
All-Conference Players (Freedom): Senior OH Stephanie Elechko (Player of the Year); senior OH Alicia Weigel (1st); senior L Rylie Haas (2nd); freshman S Morgan Kline (2nd, Co-Rookie of the Year); sophomore MB Michelle Paulsen (2nd); Mark Birtwistle (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (Mid-Atlantic): Senior OH Stephanie Elechko (1st); senior OH Alicia Weigel (1st); senior L Rylie Haas (1st); freshman S Morgan Kline (1st, Freshman of the Year); sophomore MB Michelle Paulsen (HM); Mark Birtwistle (Coach of the Year).
All-America Players: Senior OH Stephanie Elechko (2nd); senior OH Alicia Weigel (3rd); senior L Rylie Haas (3rd); freshman S Morgan Kline (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Stephanie Elechko 570; Alicia Weigel 414; Sarah Roberts 245
Assists: Morgan Kline 1,377; Rylie Haas 68; Giana Cirulli 49
Aces: R. Haas 50; M. Kline 49; A. Weigel 32
Digs: R. Haas 627; A. Weigel 336; M. Kline 251
Blocks: Michelle Paulsen 128; Morgan Shemonski 67; S. Roberts 55

Team Stats (national ranks)
Kills/Set: 13.11 (30)
Hitting Percentage: .250 (13)
Digs/Set: 15.75 (227)
Blocks/Set: 2.39 (12)
Aces/Set: 1.92 (168)

No. 14 University of Mary Washington 31-3 (No. 1 Mid-Atlantic Region)
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Location: Fredericksburg, Va.
Nickname: Eagles
Colors: Blue & gray
Enrollment: 4,383
Founded: 1908
Famous Alum: Eric Axelson, musician
Key Wins: Randolph-Macon (3-1)(3-0); Heidelberg (3-1); Clark (3-2); MIT (3-0); Eastern (3-1); Stockton (3-1); Washington and Lee (3-0); Salisbury (3-0); Gallaudet (3-0); Christopher Newport (3-2)(3-0); Bridgewater (3-0); Marymount (3-0); Cabrini (3-0); Juniata (3-1).
Losses: Marymount (1-3); Southwestern (1-3); Emory (0-3).
All-Conference Players (CAC): Senior S Emma Olson (1st); freshman OH Savannah Powers (1st, Rookie of the Year); sophomore MH Leslie Walters (2nd); Matt Troy (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (North): Senior S Emma Olson (1st); freshman OH Savannah Powers (HM, Freshman of the Year); Matt Troy (Coach of the Year).
All-America Players: Senior S Emma Olson (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Savannah Powers 355; Rachel Hendricks 307; Leslie Walters 252
Assists: Emma Olson 1,169; Jenna Yost 131; Ellie Benning 56
Aces: Ryan Cho 50; S. Powers 37; E. Olson & L. Walters 36
Digs: J. Yost 408; E. Olson 338; S. Powers 231
Blocks: Skyler Sisk 89; L. Walters 80; R. Hendricks 56

Team Stats (national ranks)
Kills/Set: 13.41 (17)
Hitting Percentage: .240 (20)
Digs/Set: 15.49 (246)
Blocks/Set: 1.76 (99)
Aces/Set: 1.86 (182)

No. 16 Washington University in St. Louis 25-10 (No. 3 Central Region)
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Location: St. Louis, Mo.
Nickname: Bears
Colors: Red & green
Enrollment: 7,543
Founded: 1853
Famous Alum: Phyllis Schlafly, former lawyer
Key Wins: Juniata (3-2); Heidelberg (3-2)(3-2); Cal Lutheran (3-2); Greenville (3-0)(3-1); Carnegie Mellon (3-1); Rochester (3-0); Millikin (3-2); Wittenberg (3-0); Chicago (3-1); Bluffton (3-0); UW-Whitewater (3-1).
Losses: DePauw (1-3); Illinois Wesleyan (1-3); La Verne (1-3); UW-Whitewater (0-3); Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (0-3); Elmhurst (0-3); Chicago (1-3); Emory (1-3)(1-3); Texas Dallas (1-3).
All-Conference Players (UAA): Senior MB Caroline Dupont (1st); senior OH Rexi Sheredy (1st); sophomore MB Julianne Malek (2nd); sophomore OH Ifeoma Ufondu (2nd).
All-Region Players (Central): Senior MB Caroline Dupont (1st); senior OH Rexi Sheredy (1st).
All-America Players: Senior MB Caroline Dupont (2nd); senior OH Rexi Sheredy (3rd).

Team Leaders
Kills: Caroline Dupont 359; Ifeoma Ufondu 331; Rexi Sheredy 304
Assists: Chloe Stile 1,158; Savannah Zhang 245; Zoe Baxter 57
Aces: C. Dupont 36; R. Sheredy 32; Natalie Stephanus 28
Digs: Z. Baxter 497; R. Sheredy 370; N. Stephanus 313
Blocks: C. Dupont 129; Julianne Malek 108; I. Ufondu 80

Team Stats (national ranks)
Kills/Set: 13.17 (26)
Hitting Percentage: .241 (19)
Digs/Set: 16.88 (134)
Blocks/Set: 2.05 (33)
Aces/Set: 1.45 (346)

No. 18 University of Northwestern-St. Paul 33-4 (No. 1 Central Region)
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Location: St. Paul, Minn.
Nickname: Eagles
Colors: Purple & gold
Enrollment: 1,800
Founded: 1902
Famous Alum: Jo Bender, broadcaster
Key Wins: Augsburg (3-1); St. Thomas (3-1); Bethel (3-1); UW-Eau Claire (3-1); UW-Oshkosh (3-1); Gustavus Adolphus (3-0); St. Norbert (3-0); UW-La Crosse (3-0); Cal Lutheran (3-2).
Losses: UW-Eau Claire (0-3); UW-La Crosse (1-3); St. Thomas (2-3); Wartburg (1-3).
All-Conference Players (UMAC): Junior OF Lindsey Peterson (Player of the Year); senior MB Shanay Gonder (1st); junior L Jackie Doering (1st); junior RS Leesa Hulstrand (1st); Beth Wilmeth (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (Central): Junior OF Lindsey Peterson (1st); senior MB Shanay Gonder (1st); junior L Jackie Doering (HM); Beth Wilmeth (Coach of the Year).
All-America Players: Junior OF Lindsey Peterson (1st); senior MB Shanay Gonder (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Lindsey Peterson 607; Shanay Gonder 320; Freya Hanson 272
Assists: Leesa Hulstrand 667; Kaelyn Kilbo 641; Jackie Doering 94
Aces: F. Hanson 36; L. Peterson 33; K. Kilbo 31
Digs: J. Doering 607; L. Peterson 547; F. Hanson 350
Blocks: S. Gonder 138; Toria Gillson & L. Hulstrand 95

Team Stats (national ranks)
Kills/Set: 14.00 (4)
Hitting Percentage: .261 (5)
Digs/Set: 18.32 (43)
Blocks/Set: 2.50 (4)
Aces/Set: 1.31 (388)

RV Tufts University 27-3 (No. 1 New England Region)
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Location: Medford, Mass.
Nickname: Jumbos
Colors: Blue & brown
Enrollment: 5,216
Founded: 1852
Famous Alum: Hank Azaria, actor
Key Wins: Clark (3-1); Endicott (3-1); Regis (3-0); Roger Williams (3-0); Williams (3-1); Amherst (3-0); Bowdoin (3-1)(3-1); Rivier (3-0); Middlebury (3-2); Babson (3-0)(3-0); MIT (3-2); Maine Maritime (3-0); UMass Boston (3-1); Springfield (3-1).
Losses: Middlebury (2-3); Springfield (0-3); UMass Boston (1-3).
All-Conference Players (NESCAC): Senior MB Elizabeth Ahrens (1st); freshman L Kelly Klimo (2nd); Cora Thompson (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (Northeast): Senior MB Elizabeth Ahrens (1st); senior MB McKenzie Humann (HM); Cora Thompson (Coach of the Year).
All-America Players: Senior MB Elizabeth Ahrens (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Brigid Bell 251; Elizabeth Ahrens 209; McKenzie Humann 193
Assists: Angela Yu 652; Rachel Furash 294; Katie Zheng 128
Aces: Alexandra Garrett 49; B. Bell 36; Kelly Klimo 33
Digs: K. Klimo 474; B. Bell 273; A. Yu 230
Blocks: M. Humann 111; E. Ahrens 81; Maddie Stewart 36

Team Stats (national ranks)
Kills/Set: 12.14 (85)
Hitting Percentage: .209 (65)
Digs/Set: 14.88 (302)
Blocks/Set: 1.98 (49)
Aces/Set: 2.12 (115)

-Ricky Nelson

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Written by Ricky Nelson

November 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

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