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National Christian College Athletic Association Women’s Volleyball Championships
UNION, MALONE, TENNESSEE TEMPLE PICK UP THREE-GAME WINS AT NCCAA NATIONAL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. ----- Union (Tenn.) University recorded the first upset of the NCCAA National Women’s Volleyball Tournament Thursday, blanking No. 3 seed Indiana Wesleyan in evening action.
IWU (29-8) had beaten No. 7 Trinity Christian, 3-2, in afternoon action Thursday.
No. 6 seed Union battled to a 30-28 win in Game One, then broke free from a 29-29 tie, as Allison Shein held serve on the game-winning point. Union won the third game, 30-25.
The Bulldogs (25-1), with a roster of only eight players, used a complete team effort to earn the win, according to head coach Brian Dunn. All-American Lauren Hayden led the way with another fine all-around effort.
Indiana Wesleyan got 10 kills and six total blocks from Lacey Ellis in the loss. Gina Proffit dished of 28 assists, while Sarah McCurdy had 19 digs.
Remaining Match Summaries:
No. 4 Malone College 3, No. 5 seed Grace College 0
Malone College built on its momentum from an earlier comeback win over Tennessee Temple Thursday, beating No. 5 seed Grace College, 30-18, 30-25 and 30-21 in evening pool play.
The Pioneers (33-4) used 12 kills and 13 digs from Erin McAlarney to go with nine kills, 15 digs and five service aces by Brandi Beebe for the win. Nicole Jackson, who had 69 assists in the opening round win, continued her productivity with 32 assists and four service aces against Grace.
The Lady Lancers (21-6) were led by Jamie Gill’s 11 kills. Kristin Miller added 15 digs, while Tricia Doyle contributed 24 assists and a pair of service aces.
No. 8 Tennessee Temple 3, No. 9 Northwestern College 0
Tennessee Temple bounced back from a five-game loss to Malone in early tournament action to beat Northwestern (Wash.) College, 3-0, Thursday night in pool play.
The Crusaders (28-3) won 30-26, 30-23 and 30-24.
Setter Kathleen McKinny had an outstanding match, recording 42 assists in only three games, an average of 14 assists per game. Most of her dishes went to Adriana Chinchilla, who led the Crusaders with 21 kills. Kate Maguth led the defense with 16 digs, while Sheryl Yoder had 14. Rachel Hengeveld had eight kills in a supporting role.
Both Northwestern (6-12) and Temple will continue pool play Friday morning. Northwestern finished Thursday with an 0-2 mark, while Temple posted a 1-1 ledger.
No. 10 Gardner-Webb 3, No. 7 Trinity Christian 1
Tenth-seeded Gardner-Webb University rebounded from an earlier loss to No. 2 seed Mount Vernon Nazarene Thursday to topple No. 7 Trinity Christian (Ill.), 3-1, in its final match of the evening.
The Lady Bulldogs (13-17) jumped out early, taking a 30-24 win in Game One, but Trinity came out on fire in the second game to win, 30-23. GWU, runners up in the NCCAA’s South Regional, ran to a 30-19 win in Game Three and battled from behind to win, 32-30 in the decisive fourth game.
Both teams will resume pool play Friday morning. Gardner-Webb finished the day with a 1-1 ledger and Trinity Christian went 0-2 in Pool B action.
All-South Region selection and All-America candidate Linette Ramseur was the star for Gardner-Webb once again, registering a tournament-high 30 kills for an average of 7.5 kills per game. Malone’s Brandi Beebe had 26 kills in an earlier five-game match (5.2 kpg) and Tennessee Temple’s Adriana Chinchilla had 21 kills in an earlier three-game match (7.0 kpg).
Gardner-Webb’s Ramseur added 15 digs in the win over Trinity Christian. Setter Melanie Custer recorded a season-high 50 assists and 19 digs, Sara Alford had 17 kills and senior Cheryl McDonald had a match-high five service aces.
No. 1 Olivet Nazarene 3, No. 5 Grace 1
Top-seed Olivet Nazarene thwarted an early challenge by No. 5 seed Grace (Ind.) College, taking a 3-1 win in the final round of action Thursday evening. Both teams will resume pool play Friday morning.
After battling away for a 30-28 win in Game One, Olivet Nazarene fell, 30-16, to Grace in the second game. After a dominant 30-12 win in the third game, Olivet again survived a strong surge by Grace for a 30-28 win in the decisive fourth game.
Janie Gill led Grace with 12 kills, while Andrea Parker recorded a team-high 17 digs. Tricia Doyle added 33 assists for the Lady Lancers.
Olivet Nazarene (32-3) finished the first day of action with a perfect, 2-0, record.
The Tigers were led by Lauren Miller’s 15 kills and 19 digs. Ivana Fabrynova added 14 kills and 20 digs. Julie Leman continued to run the offense with efficiency, recording 47 assists. Hannah Edwards (five service aces) also played a major role in the Tigers’ victory.
No. 2 Mount Vernon Nazarene, No. 6 Union (Tenn.)
Union (Tenn.) University continued its upset run through the first day’s action at the NCCAA National Volleyball Tournament, beating No. 2 seed Mount Vernon Nazarene in three games.
The Bulldogs, who hail from Jackson, Tenn., captured wins 31-29, 30-25 and 30-25 to improve to 2-0 in Thursday pool play. Union joined top seed Olivet Nazarene and No. 4 seed Malone (Oh.) as the only teams to go undefeated in the first round of pool play. The Bulldogs’ Lauren Hayden and Andrea Darr again led a solid attack.
Mount Vernon (34-5) was led by Amanda Triplett’s 15 kills. Darcee Hoberg added 11 kills and 11 digs, while Andrea Rudd dished out 30 assists for the Cougars.
FINAL POOL STANDINGS AFTER DAY ONE
POOL A (Teams with same record listed alphabetically)
Malone College (2-0); Olivet Nazarene (2-0); Tennessee Temple (1-1); Grace College (0-2); Northwest College (0-2)
POOL B (Teams with same record listed alphabetically)
Union University (2-0); Gardner-Webb (1-1); Indiana Wesleyan (1-1); Mount Vernon (1-1); Trinity Christian (1-1)