D III Women's Volleyball

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2017 Nationals Guide

8 To Watch
Maddie Fischer, Wittenberg senior outside
Sara Carr, Emory sophomore outside
Margaux Arntson, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior opposite
Kate Walker, Johnson & Wales (R.I.) sophomore middle
Anna Kamp, Calvin junior outside
Nora Holtan, Gustavus Adolphus junior setter
Reagan Stone, Ithaca freshman opposite
Mehra den Braven, Swarthmore sophomore outside

Links Of Interest
Calvin Host Website
Printable Bracket
Interactive Bracket
Championship Digital Program

Regional Webpages
Illinois Wesleyan
Johnson & Wales

Schedule at Van Noord Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Nov. 16 (times central)
11:30 a.m. #2 Emory (30-6) 1 vs. #7 Ithaca (24-8) 3
2 p.m. #3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (28-5) 3 vs. #6 Gustavus Adolphus (26-6) 1
4:30 p.m. #1 Wittenberg (25-2) 3 vs. #8 Swarthmore (24-7) 0
7 p.m. #4 Johnson & Wales (R.I.) (35-0) 0 vs. #5 Calvin (29-3) 3
Nov. 17
4 p.m. #3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (29-5) 3 vs. #7 Ithaca (25-8) 1
6:30 p.m. #1 Wittenberg (26-2) 3 vs. #5 Calvin (30-3) 0
Nov. 18
6 p.m. #1 Wittenberg (27-2) vs. #3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (30-5)


No. 1 Seed Wittenberg University 25-2 (No. 1 Great Lakes Region, No. 3 AVCA)
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Location: Springfield, Ohio
Nickname: Tigers
Colors: Red & white
Enrollment: 2,000
Founded: 1845
Famous Attendee: Jennifer Vanderpool, artist
Key Wins: Illinois Wesleyan (3-1); Emory (3-2); Johns Hopkins (3-1); Heidelberg (3-0); Thomas More (3-0); Clarkson (3-0); Washington-St. Louis (3-1); Ohio Northern (3-1)(3-0); Muskingum (3-1); DePauw (3-2)(3-0); Penn St. Behrend (3-0); Juniata (3-1).
Losses: Carthage (1-3); UW-Eau Claire (2-3).
All-Conference Players (NCAC): Senior OH Maddie Fischer (Player of the Year); junior S Karen Wildemann (1st); sophomore MB Aubrey Cox (1st); Paco Labrador (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (Great Lakes): Senior OH Maddie Fischer (1st); junior S Karen Wildemann (1st); sophomore MB Aubrey Cox (HM).
All-America Players: Junior S Karen Wildemann (1st); senior OH Maddie Fischer (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Maddie Fischer 334; Taylor Brown 201; Aubrey Cox 195
Assists: Karen Wildemann 899; Megan Flaherty 82; Madison Manger 56
Aces: M. Flaherty 32; K. Wildemann 32; M. Fischer 31
Digs: Taylor Yontz 482; M. Manger 311; T. Brown 297
Blocks: A. Cox 85; Kennedy Schmidt 72; Haley Horner 51

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 12.85 (44)
Hitting Percentage: .224 (34)
Digs/Set: 19.08 (21)
Blocks/Set: 2.09 (18)
Aces/Set: 1.80 (226)

No. 2 Seed Emory University 30-6 (No. 1 South Region, No. 7 AVCA)
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Location: Atlanta, Ga.
Nickname: Eagles
Colors: Blue & gold
Enrollment: 7,916
Founded: 1836
Famous Attendee: Ernie Harwell, sportscaster
Key Wins: Johns Hopkins (3-1); Illinois Wesleyan (3-2); Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-1); Juniata (3-0); Bowdoin (3-0); Heidelberg (3-1); Covenant (3-0); Rochester (3-0); Birmingham-Southern (3-2); Washington & Lee (3-0); Randolph-Macon (3-2); Berry (3-0)(3-0); Carnegie Mellon (3-2); Worcester St. (3-0); Christopher Newport (3-0).
Losses: Wittenberg (2-3); Chicago (1-3); Berry (0-3); Washington-St. Louis (2-3)(1-3); Carnegie Mellon (2-3).
All-Conference Players (UAA): Sophomore OH Sara Carr (1st); sophomore L Elyse Thompson (2nd); sophomore OH Morgan McKnight (2nd); freshman RS Leah Saunders (HM, Rookie of the Year); junior S Mady Arles (HM).
All-Region Players (South): Sophomore OH Sara Carr (Player of the Year); sophomore L Elyse Thompson (1st); sophomore OH Morgan McKnight (1st).
All-America Players: Sophomore OH Sara Carr (1st); sophomore L Elyse Thompson (3rd); sophomore OH Morgan McKnight (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Sara Carr 391; Morgan McKnight 352; Leah Saunders 312
Assists: Mady Arles 711; Sarah Porter 533; Elyse Thompson 104
Aces: E. Thompson 54; S. Porter 31; Becky Breuer 25
Digs: E. Thompson 632; S. Carr 293; S. Porter 175
Blocks: Sydney Leimbach 60; Carly Saitman 53; L. Saunders 50

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.97 (3)
Hitting Percentage: .240 (16)
Digs/Set: 17.76 (68)
Blocks/Set: 1.81 (84)
Aces/Set: 1.87 (193)

No. 3 Seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges 28-5 (No. 2 West Region, No. 6 AVCA)
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Location: Claremont, Calif.
Nickname: Athenas
Colors: Cardinal & gold
Enrollment: 3,128 (total)
Founded: Scripps (1926); Claremont McKenna (1946); Harvey Mudd (1955)
Famous Attendee: Pinky Nelson (Harvey Mudd), astronaut
Key Wins: Brockport (3-0); UW-Eau Claire (3-0); Texas Dallas (3-0)(3-1); Pacific Lutheran (3-2); Juniata (3-0); La Verne (3-0)(3-2); Whittier (3-0)(3-0); Southwestern (3-1); Colorado College (3-1).
Losses: Millikin (1-3); Trinity-TX (1-3); Emory (1-3); Lee (0-3); Chapman (2-3).
All-Conference Players (SCIAC): Senior RS Margaux Arntson (Player of the Year); senior S Clara Madsen (1st); senior L Mikena Werner (1st); freshman MB Melanie Moore (1st); senior RS Shelbi Stein (2nd); Kurt Vlasich (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (West): Senior RS Margaux Arntson (Player of the Year); senior S Clara Madsen (1st); senior L Mikena Werner (1st); senior RS Shelbi Stein (HM).
All-America Players: Senior RS Margaux Arntson (1st); senior L Mikena Werner (2nd); Clara Madsen (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Margaux Arntson 311; Crystal Anderson 224; Shelbi Stein 216
Assists: Clara Madsen 704; Phoebe Madsen 463; Mikena Werner 145
Aces: C. Madsen 48; M. Werner 42; P. Madsen 32
Digs: M. Werner 542; Sarah Tritschler 268; P. Madsen 256
Blocks: Regan Dinovitz 88; Melanie Moore 66; M. Arntson 55

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.41 (14)
Hitting Percentage: .255 (6)
Digs/Set: 16.96 (125)
Blocks/Set: 2.09 (19)
Aces/Set: 1.84 (211)

No. 4 Seed Johnson & Wales University 35-0 (No. 1 New England Region, No. 8 AVCA)
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Location: Providence, R.I.
Nickname: Wildcats
Colors: Blue, white
Enrollment: 9,324
Founded: 1914
Famous Attendee: Graham Elliot, chef
Key Wins: Kean (3-0); Maine Maritime (3-0); Wheaton-MA (3-0); Bowdoin (3-0); MIT (3-0)(3-2); Clark (3-0); UMass Boston (3-0); Wesleyan (3-1)(3-2); Susquehanna (3-0); Juniata (3-2); Elms (3-0).
Losses: [None].
All-Conference Players (GNAC): Sophomore OH Maria Coniglio (1st); sophomore S Brylee Frank (1st); freshman L Elyssa Nicolas (1st, Libero of the Year); sophomore MB Kate Walker (2nd); junior OH Katie Leidhold (2nd); freshman MB Hannah Dolan (2nd, Rookie of the Year); freshman RS Gabbie Scudder (3rd); Nancy Somera (Coach of the Year).
All-Region Players (New England): Sophomore MB Kate Walker (Player of the Year); sophomore OH Maria Coniglio (1st); sophomore S Brylee Frank (1st); junior OH Katie Leidhold (1st); Nancy Somera (Coach of the Year).
All-America Players: Sophomore MB Kate Walker (1st); sophomore OH Maria Coniglio (HM); sophomore S Brylee Frank (3rd); junior OH Katie Leidhold (HM); Nancy Somera (Coach of the Year).

Team Leaders
Kills: Maria Coniglio 304; Kate Walker 259; Katie Leidhold 228
Assists: Brylee Frank 1,093; Mikayla Arimura 152; Elyssa Nicolas 56
Aces: B. Frank 40; K. Leidhold 38; Gianna Esposito 32
Digs: E. Nicolas 409; M. Coniglio 296; K. Leidhold 213
Blocks: K. Walker 82; Hannah Dolan 67; B. Frank 46

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.61 (7)
Hitting Percentage: .328 (1)
Digs/Set: 16.50 (164)
Blocks/Set: 1.73 (95)
Aces/Set: 2.34 (66)

No. 5 Seed Calvin College 29-3 (No. 4 Great Lakes Region, No. 2 AVCA)
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Location: Grand Rapids, Mich.
Nickname: Knights
Colors: Maroon & gold
Enrollment: 3,918
Founded: 1876
Famous Attendee: Betsy DeVos, politician
Key Wins: Trinity-TX (3-0); Cal Lutheran (3-2); Kean (3-0); Millikin (3-2)(3-0); Ithaca (3-1); Washington-St. Louis (3-2); Carthage (3-2).
Losses: Aurora (0-3); Illinois Wesleyan (1-3); Colorado College (0-3).
All-Conference Players (MIAA): Junior OH Anna Kamp (Player of the Year); senior S Jenna Lodewyk (1st); sophomore MH Sarah DeVries (1st); junior L Keilahna Castillo (2nd); senior OH Tessa Van Laare (2nd).
All-Region Players (Great Lakes): Junior OH Anna Kamp (Player of the Year); senior S Jenna Lodewyk (1st); sophomore MH Sarah DeVries (1st); junior L Keilahna Castillo (HM).
All-America Players: Junior OH Anna Kamp (Player of the Year); senior S Jenna Lodewyk (2nd); sophomore MH Sarah DeVries (2nd).

Team Leaders
Kills: Anna Kamp 458; Sarah DeVries 353; Tessa Van Laare 224
Assists: Jenna Lodewyk 1,051; Keilahna Castillo 120; S. DeVries 70
Aces: Emily Blankespoor 70; K. Castillo 53; Kristen Vyletel 39
Digs: K. Castillo 374; A. Kamp 259; J. Lodewyk 229
Blocks: S. DeVries 106; Ally Fea 92; Sydney Segard 56

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.31 (18)
Hitting Percentage: .279 (2)
Digs/Set: 14.33 (336)
Blocks/Set: 1.98 (35)
Aces/Set: 2.35 (62)

No. 6 Seed Gustavus Adolphus College 26-6 (No. 2 Central Region, No. 16 AVCA)
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Location: St. Peter, Minn.
Nickname: Golden Gusties
Colors: Black & gold
Enrollment: 2,450
Founded: 1862
Famous Attendee: Steve Zahn, actor
Key Wins: UW-Stevens Point (3-1); Minnesota Morris (3-0); UW-Eau Claire (3-0); Chicago (3-0); UW-La Crosse (3-1); Wartburg (3-1)(3-1); Luther (3-0); St. Thomas (3-0); Aurora (3-1); Northwestern (3-1).
Losses: Millikin (2-3); Bethel (2-3); Northwestern (2-3); Concordia-MN (0-3); Saint Benedict (1-3); Augsburg (1-3).
All-Conference Players (MIAC): Junior S Nora Holtan (Player of the Year); junior OH Hanna Albers (1st); junior L Brittany Luethmers (1st, Co-Defensive Player of the Year); freshman OH Kate Holtan (1st, Rookie of the Year).
All-Region Players (Central): Junior S Nora Holtan (1st); freshman OH Kate Holtan (1st, Freshman of the Year); junior L Brittany Luethmers (HM).
All-America Players: Junior S Nora Holtan (1st); freshman OH Kate Holtan (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Kate Holtan 386; Hanna Albers 353; Lauren Hanson 280
Assists: Nora Holtan 1,147; Brittany Luethmers 123; H. Albers 42
Aces: N. Holtan 39; Abby Leitch 34; H. Albers 32
Digs: B. Luethmers 579; N. Holtan 340; A. Leitch 305
Blocks: Sam Haugen 66; K. Holtan 55; Claire Laakso 46

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.73 (6)
Hitting Percentage: .231 (29)
Digs/Set: 18.33 (43)
Blocks/Set: 1.61 (138)
Aces/Set: 1.69 (272)

No. 7 Seed Ithaca College 24-8 (No. 3 New York Region, RV AVCA)
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Location: Ithaca, N.Y.
Nickname: Bombers
Colors: Blue & gold
Enrollment: 6,969
Founded: 1892
Famous Attendee: Karl Ravech, sportscaster
Key Wins: Swarthmore (3-1); Mary Washington (3-0); Fredonia (3-0); Clarkson (3-1); Eastern (3-0); Carnegie Mellon (3-1); Endicott (3-0); Stevens (3-1); Babson (3-1).
Losses: Colorado College (1-3); Whittier (1-3); Berry (2-3); Juniata (2-3); Vassar (1-3); Calvin (1-3); Stevens (1-3); Clarkson (2-3).
All-Conference Players (Liberty): Freshman RS Reagan Stone (1st, Rookie of the Year); sophomore S Caitlin Floyd (1st); senior OH Joelle Goldstein (2nd); junior MH Amanda Cerruti (HM); junior L Tara Stilwell (HM); junior MH Katie Evans (HM).
All-Region Players (New York): Freshman RS Reagan Stone (1st, Freshman of the Year); sophomore S Caitlin Floyd (HM); senior OH Joelle Goldstein (HM).
All-America Players: Freshman RS Reagan Stone (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Reagan Stone 352; Joelle Goldstein 306; Katie Evans 219
Assists: Caitlin Floyd 1,067; Delaney Runyon 178; Kayla Gromen 59
Aces: Tara Stilwell 48; J. Goldstein 37; K. Gromen 35
Digs: T. Stilwell 545; J. Goldstein 304; K. Gromen 269
Blocks: Amanda Cerruti 88; R. Stone 62; K. Evans 61

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 13.13 (24)
Hitting Percentage: .208 (68)
Digs/Set: 15.36 (250)
Blocks/Set: 1.67 (119)
Aces/Set: 1.90 (182)

No. 8 Seed Swarthmore College 24-7 (No. 6 Mid-Atlantic Region, NR AVCA)
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Location: Swarthmore, Pa.
Nickname: Garnet
Colors: Garnet & gray
Enrollment: 1,620
Founded: 1864
Famous Attendee: Michael Dukakis, politician
Key Wins: Stockton (3-1); Cabrini (3-0); Eastern (3-0); Muhlenberg (3-0)(3-1); Randolph-Macon (3-0); Carnegie Mellon (3-0); Johns Hopkins (3-2).
Losses: Salisbury (0-3); Stevenson (0-3); Ithaca (1-3); Juniata (0-3); McDaniel (1-3); Johns Hopkins (2-3)(1-3).
All-Conference Players (Centennial): Sophomore OH Mehra den Braven (1st); junior L Sarah Girard (1st); senior OH Sarah Wallace (2nd).
All-Region Players (North): Sophomore OH Mehra den Braven (1st).
All-America Players: Sophomore OH Mehra den Braven (HM).

Team Leaders
Kills: Mehra den Braven 345; Sarah Wallace 306; Olivia Leventhal 181
Assists: Malia Scott 953; Sarah Girard 117; Alyssa Nathan 60
Aces: S. Girard 53; Guin Mesh 46; M. den Braven 39
Digs: S. Girard 559; M. den Braven 384; S. Wallace 330
Blocks: Emma Morgan-Bennett 70; Alice Liu 47; M. Scott 35

Team Stats (National Rank)
Kills/Set: 12.93 (37)
Hitting Percentage: .185 (128)
Digs/Set: 19.06 (22)
Blocks/Set: 1.60 (140)
Aces/Set: 2.13 (108)

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 13, 2017 at 12:51 am

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  1. […] Ricky Nelson has done a preview of the eight teams, which you can find here. […]

  2. Found out that Anna Kamp receives yellow card in Regional Championship for yelling at refs & still is tournament MVP? Lost some respect for calvin this weekend


    November 13, 2017 at 10:52 pm

  3. Anon @ 10:52 pm,
    She wasn’t the only one to get a yellow in Bloomington. Not ideal, but I’m OK when a player’s passion bucket overflows from time to time. Action, consequence, move on.

    In a related note, shout out to JWU HC Somera for not getting a yellow or red in the regional final. The players and fans also handled that lengthy delay rather well.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 14, 2017 at 1:41 am

  4. If you missed the controversy in the JWU-MIT match, JWU has the webcast still available on demand.

    The wheels of the resulting incident began at about the 1:34:00 mark of the stream, although you may as well start at 1:31:00 for a proper clipboard toss.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 14, 2017 at 2:03 am

  5. Yes, the dance party started by the J&W players half way through the delay was interesting. Some of us in attendance were hoping for a pizza delivery. It was only 8-5 when they noticed something, should have reinvented the wheel in less time than they did.


    November 14, 2017 at 5:58 pm

  6. I was at the Illinois Wesleyan regional and I don’t remember Kamp getting a yellow card. Maybe I missed it.


    November 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm

  7. Blockmeister,
    I didn’t see her get one either. I did see Millikin get a yellow very late in the match.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 16, 2017 at 4:56 pm

  8. Yes, the Millikin girl got one for trying to stall by tying her shoe. Great blog by the way–I just found it.


    November 16, 2017 at 5:29 pm

  9. Kamp got yellow carded for yelling at ref over a ball that was 2 feet in the court. I believe it was during the fourth set when Carthage was up and about to push them to 5.


    November 16, 2017 at 8:40 pm

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