Virginia Wesleyan made a strong case for reaching the top 25 in Division III, dropping to 5-0 with a pair of straight set wins on Saturday at her Marlin Invitational in Virginia Beach.
VWU managed Geneva 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-16) then Meredith of Raleigh, North Carolina, 3-0 (25-15, 27-25, 25-19).
Against Geneva, Morgan Ludovici had nine assists and eight digs, while Haley Sutton had eight assists and three aces.
Against Meredith (2-1), Jenna Waters had 15 kills and eight digs, Sutton had 18 assists, 15 digs and five aces, and Isabelle Gaudet had 18 digs.
ODU falls in straight series
Kansas City (5-1) swept Old Dominion 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-18) in the Monarchs final at the Black & Gold Challenge in Boone, North Carolina.
ODU (2-4) finished 1-2 in a round robin for the second weekend in a row, losing Friday to East Tennessee State before defeating host Appalachian State.
ODU’s Olivia De Jesus had seven wins and reached 0.429. Teresa Atilano distributed 22 assists and added six digs, while Daniel Jordan led ODU with 11 digs.
Melanie Brecka had 13 kills and 11 digs for the Roos.
Tribe zips in five sets
Akron outlived William & Mary 3-2 (25-11, 24-26, 19-25, 26-24, 15-12) at Memorial Gym in Charlottesville.
Anna Porter had 14 digs, Anne Louise Seekford had 12 digs and six kills, and Sabrina Malcolm, Lauren Merrill and Claire Farrell all posted four blocks for the tribe. Amy Schwem had 28 assists.
The Zips (4-2), who rebounded from a five-set loss to Virginia on Friday night, had 48 assists from Emily Weigand. They were two points from loss in the fourth set.
W&M will be 2-2 in Friday’s clash against Hampton.
Also at Memorial Gym, Winthrop defeated Virginia 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-18) behind Nikkia Benitez’s 15 kills. U.Va. center blocker Alana Walker and right-wing forward Mary Shaffer were named to the tournament’s all-star squad.
Norfolk State takes first win of the season
Norfolk State (1-3) claimed their first victory of the season on Saturday, beating the American 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-16) to close the Spartan-Aggie Invitational in Greensboro, NC North.
Rachel Williams had 11 kills and 10 digs, Paola Matos had nine assists, five blocks and three aces, and Caris Cross had 31 assists for NSU.
The Eagles fell to 3-3 despite Chiara Bosetti’s 18 digs.
Earlier today, North Carolina A&T defeated NSU 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-16) despite Shonte Seale’s 10 assists, Cross’s 18 assists and Nicole Rodriguez’s 13 recoveries. for the Spartans.
Edie Brewer had 16 assists and 10 digs for Aggies du Grand Sud, a former MEAC rival of NSU.
The CNU divides two home games
Christopher Newport (3-2) went 1-1 on Saturday to finish 3-1 in his Captains Classic at Freeman Center.
CNU opened the day with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 25-23) win over Clarkson but then lost 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-21) against Illinois Wesleyan.
Against New York opponent Clarkson, Mackenzie Wright and Maddie Carter had 13 assists each, while Sammy Carroll had 49 assists and 13 digs and Noelle Starr made 18 digs for the captains.
Illinois Wesleyan prevailed despite Carroll’s 21 assists and Starr’s 16 digs.
Bryant & Stratton (2-5) lost their opening conference game in Norfolk, losing 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-17) to Wake Technical Community College in North Carolina .
For the Bobcats, Green Run High alumnae Destiny Holley had 10 kills, Nansemond River graduate DeAndra Moore had 12 digs and McKinley Waid had 22 assists.
Virginia Wesleyan rallies for overtime win
Michael Nocera scored 53 seconds after overtime on an assist from Lincoln Graham to give Virginia Wesleyan a 3-2 home victory over Southern Virginia in the opener for both teams.
The Knights took the lead on Kohl Simmons’ goal in the sixth minute. Nate Mitchell got the Marlins even in the 66th minute, but Hunter Westenskow gave SVU the 2-1 lead in the 78th minute.
Matt Campbell’s goal on an assist from Alex Moody in the 85th minute saw VWU reach overtime, one of the shortest in program history.
VWU goalie Griffin Potter made seven saves for the win.
CNU starts the season by excluding Covenant
First-half heads Lincoln Kickbush and Davis Pillow gave Christopher Newport a 2-0 home win over the Covenant Scots (0-2-1) of Lookout Mountain, Ga. It was the opening of the captains’ season, as part of the Steve Shaw Classic.
Kickbush redirected Jason LaViola’s free kick in the 31st minute. Pillow scored a free kick just before the first half horn.
VWU falls in the first game of the year
Catholic spoiled Virginia Wesleyan’s opener, beating host Marlins 2-1 despite a 19-4 lead.
Goals from Jordan Siok in the 19th minute and Courtney Cutting in the 28th gave the Washington, DC Cardinals (1-1) a 2-0 lead.
VWU’s Carleigh Van Reenen cut the lead in half in the 38th minute, but Catholic goalkeeper Maeve Graham finished with eight saves for the win. Rachel Quigley of the Marlins made two saves.
Regent (1-2) fell 8-0 to North Carolina Wesleyan (1-1) as Caitlyn Butler scored a hat trick in the Bishops’ seven-goal first half.
Regent lost his first game 1-0 to West Virginia Tech, but had come off Friday’s 5-1 victory over Patrick Henry College, in which sophomore Kaitlyn Cassity – a second from Gateway Christian – scored three goals.
Susquehanna shakes up n ° 14 of the CNU
Katie Koch scored with 10:27 left in regulation as host Susquehanna beat 14th-seeded Division III Christopher Newport 1-0 on Matchday 1 of the Connie Harnum Classic at Selinsgrove, in Pennsylvania.
CNU (1-1) had a 6-5 lead in shots and a 10-6 lead in penalty corners, but River Hawks goalie Mackenzie Bross got a shutout with just two saves.
Washington College of Maryland won a 5-0 victory over Virginia Wesleyan in the Marlins’ opener.
The visitors (2-0) took the lead in the 24th minute, and Emily Ulizio scored a brace to add. The Marlins were outscored 24-5.
CNU men third, women fifth at the Spider Alumni Open
Christopher Newport’s men were third and his women fifth in the Spider Alumni Open season opener at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville.
Virginia was first and Richmond second in the men’s and women’s standings. In the women’s competition, James Madison was third and George Mason fourth.
The men of U.Va. had 22 points, followed by Richmond (56), CNU (85) and George Mason (89) in the field of six.
Peter Borger of Richmond won the individual medal with a 5 kilometer time of 14: 45.8. Clark Edwards paced the CNU men with a personal best of 15: 33.6, placing 16th.
Captains’ Logan Faulk was Division III’s top finisher in the women’s 2-mile race, posting a time of 11: 48.5 to place 25th overall out of 102 starters.
The women of the U.Va. had 29 points, Richmond 48, JMU 59, George Mason 137, CNU 161 and sixth place VCU 169. Dukes’ Miranda Stanhope won the individual medal in 10: 49.0.
Tribe suspends two programs due to COVID concerns
William & Mary have announced that the field hockey and women’s swimming programs will be disrupted due to COVID-19 protocols. The field hockey team has postponed its scheduled Sunday game at the American University in Washington, DC, while the women’s swim program will suspend all team activities for a week.
The field hockey program will continue to train, while the women’s swim program will look to resume training after one week.