November 21-23, 2013 at DeVos Fieldhouse
Wisconsin-Stevens Point, California Lutheran, Calvin And Emory Advance
Life on the road is quite fun for the Wisconsin-Stevens Point volleyball team.
The 19th-ranked Pointers served up a second in road win in a row on Thursday, upending second-ranked Hope on its court in three sets in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship.
The 25-22, 25-18, 25-18 win in front of a partisan DeVos Field
house crowd of 3,004 propelled Stevens Point (35-4 overall) to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. semifinal against No. 3 California Lutheran.
Hope (35-3) ended the season after suffering its first home loss the season.
Sophomore middle blocker and Third Team American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All-American Emma Brunkhorst put down a match-high 13 kills to lead a balanced Pointer attack.
Junior setter Alexis Hartman delivered 31 assists for Stevens Point, which was making its first quarterfinal appearance.
For Hope, junior outside hitter and First Team All-American Jenna Grasmeyer had a team-high 11 kills.
No. 3 Cal. Lutheran 3,
No. 22 Clarkson, N.Y. 1
The Regals earned their fourth trip to the national semifinals in school history by winning 25-20, 21-25, 29-27, 25-13.
Senior outside hitter and AVCA All-American Kylie McLogan topped Cal Lutheran (34-1) with 22 kills. Sophomore outside hitter and Third Team All-American Allie Eason chipped in 12 kills.
Cal Lutheran, which is seeking its first national championship since 1995, will play Wisconsin Stevens Point in a national semifinal Friday at 730 p.m.
Clarkson ended the season with a 36-7 record.
Senior middle hitter and Second Team All-American Xiao Liang totaled 14 kills to share team-high honors with sophomore outside hitter Victoria Kirkemo.
No. 7 Emory 3, No. 17 Eastern, Pa. 0
Emory swept its way into the national semifinals, rolling after the first set in the day’s first quarterfinal to win 25-23, 25-15, 25-20.
Emory will play top-ranked Calvin at 5 p.m. Friday.
Freshman middle blocker and second-team AVCA All-American Jessica Holler recorded a match-high 12 kills for Emory while hitting a .435 clip.
Junior outside hitter Leah Jacobs contributed 11 kills for Emory. Sophomore setter Sydney Miles directed the offense with 33 assists.
This is Emory’s fourth semifinals appearance under head coach Jenny McDowell. They are seeking their first national title since 2008.
Eastern ended the season with a 32-5 record.
Junior middle hitter Katrina Pisch led Eastern with 10 kills. Sophomore Rikkie Schlager had 13 assists for Eastern, which was making its second national quarterfinals appearance.
No. 1 Calvin 3, UMass.-Boston 1
The Knights advanced to their third national semifinal in four seasons by winning 25-23, 25-13, 24-26, 25-18. They will face No. 7 Emory at 5 p.m. Friday.
Calvin sophomore outside hitter Maggie Kamp of Orland Park, Ill., posted a match-high 21 kills with a .436 kill percentage.
Junior outside hitter Ellie Diepersloot contributed 10 kills for the Knights (31-1 overall), while senior setter and AVCA Division III Player of the Year Megan Rietema and freshman middle hitter Laura Danhoff had seven apiece.
The Knights, who pushed their win streak to nine matches, are seeking their second NCAA Division III national championship since 2010.
Massachusetts-Boston finished with a 24-16 record after making its second Elite Eight appearance.
Senior outside hitter Corinne Potter topped the Beacons with 11 kills. Massachusetts-Boston hit .064 as a team.