Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Volleyball Elite Eight Begins Today


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Volleyball Elite Eight Begins Today

Eagles Quell Flame of Red Dragons to Advance to Sweet 16

The NCAA Division III Women's Volleyball Championship quarterfinals are set for today in Pittsburgh with four matches on tap.

No. 6 Trinity, Texas (28-4) vs. No. 18 MIT (27-5), 12:30 p.m.

  • The Tigers' Emily Ellis was named first-team All-America after hitting .410 on the season with 205 kills. Teammate Sara Flynn was also a first-team selection. The Engineers' Consecrata Rozario topped that number at .436 with 195 kills on her way to second-team All-America honors.

No. 8 New York U. (28-6) vs. No. 16 Transylvania (28-5), 3 p.m.

  • The Violets' Haley Holz leads the squad in kills (441) and service aces (55). She was a first-team All-America selection. The Pioneers' MB Karrington Jackson and S Grace Ward were named second-team All-Americans.

No. 4 Northwestern (33-2) vs. Johns Hopkins (24-7), 5:30 p.m.

  • The Eagles' offense runs through first-team All-American Abby Glanzer who averages 3.92 kills per set. The Blue Jays are led by Simone Adam who averages 3.63 kills per set.

No. 2 Juniata (31-1) vs. No. 20 Hope (24-7), 8 p.m.

  • The Eagles' Mackenzie Coley was a first-team All-America selection after hitting .399. Second-team All-America setter Olivia Foley has handed out 10.66 assists per set. The Flying Dutch's Annie Lockett averages 4.01 kills per set.

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2.   One For The Thumb?

Middlebury has won four consecutive NCAA Division III Field Hockey championships. Can the Panthers win another ring for the thumb as the semifinals take place in Glassboro, N.J. on Friday?

No. 8 Williams (15-5) vs. No. 4 Johns Hopkins (18-3), 12 p.m.

  • The Ephs have won three straight games in the tournament by shutout. Emily Batchelor leads the offense with 20 goals. The Blue Jays are also unscored upon, winning a a pair of 1-0 decisions. Abby Birk has 13 goals and 10 assists for Hop.

No. 2 Middlebury (19-1) vs. No. 3 Rowan (21-1), 3 p.m.

  • Amy Griffin and Katie George each have 17 goals for the Panthers. The Profs' tandem of Julia Patrone and Kristiina Castagnola have combined for 45 goals.

3.   Glanzer Headlines All-America Teams

The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its 2022 Division III Women's All-America team on Tuesday.

First Team
Sydnei Avery, Aurora, Sr., OH
Brenna Bell, Claremont-M-S, Soph., OP
Sam Buckley, Washington (Mo.), Fr., S
Mackenzie Coley, Juniata, Soph., MH
Emily Ellis, Trinity (Texas), Sr., MB
Sara Flynn, Trinity (Texas), Sr., OP
Abby Glanzer, Northwestern, Soph., OH
Jenna Holmes, Claremont-M-S, Jr., OH
Haley Holz, New York U., Sr., OH
Tyler Linkhart, Wittenberg, Jr., RS
Emily Rapach, Berry, Sr., S
Adriana Rodriguez, North Park, Soph., OH
Marylyn Schroyer, Northwestern, Sr., L
Heidi Westra, Calvin, Sr., R

Player of the Year: announced today
Freshman of the Year: Sam Buckley, Washington (Mo.)

>> Complete All-America Team


4.   Statesmen Take Top Spot

There is a new No. 1 team atop the USCHO Division III men's ice hockey poll - Hobart. The Statesmen (6-0) received 17 of 20 first-place ballots, replacing defending national champion Adrian.


  1. Hobart (17), 6-0
  2. Adrian (3), 4-1-1
  3. Geneseo, 4-1-1
  4. St. Norbert, 3-0-1
  5. Augsburg, 3-1-1
  6. Utica, 4-2
  7. Babson, 4-1
  8. Oswego, 4-1
  9. U. of New England, 3-1
  10. Norwich, 4-1

>> Complete Poll

  1. Middlebury (19), 0-0
  2. Gustavus Adolphus (1), 5-0
  3. Plattsburgh, 4-0
  4. Elmira, 5-0
  5. Nazareth, 4-0
  6. UW-River Falls, 3-1
  7. Adrian, 6-0
  8. UW-Eau Claire, 5-1
  9. Norwich, 4-0
  10. Colby, 0-0

>> Complete Poll

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