NCAA PROGRAM (Note: The
NCAA is only making this available in digital format this
year. Rosters will not be available at Case Western.)
TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology opens the NCAA Division III Women's
Volleyball Tournament against No. 5 ranked Wittenberg
University in a match at Calvin
College on Thursday at 3 p.m.
Rose-Hulman stands 24-8 this fall and earned its spot in
the 64-team NCAA Division III Tournament field by
capturing the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Tournament championship in three sets over Bluffton University on
The Fightin' Engineers are making their first appearance in the
NCAA Division III Tournament and enter the postseason event on a
six-match winning streak. Rose-Hulman has established
single-season school records for wins (24) and winning percentage
in a year that featured the first conference regular season
title in program history.
Junior Anna Lewer (Indianapolis/Lutheran) was
named the Most Valuable Player of the HCAC Tournament and leads the
team in kills (307) and digs (388) this season. Lewer ranks
eighth in Rose-Hulman history with 873 kills and stands fifth in
the program record book with a .242 attack percentage.
Seniors Karah Hickman (Hobart, Ind./Hobart) and
Leah Pelzel (Loveland, Ohio/Mount Notre Dame)
joined Lewer on the all-HCAC Tournament Team. Hickman leads
the HCAC in attack percentage (.344) and stands second on the team
with 110 blocks this season. She ranks eighth in school
history with 857 kills, fourth in career attack percentage at .259
and fourth all-time with 307 blocks.
Pelzel led Rose-Hulman in assists (725) and service aces (72)
this season and also contributed 372 digs to the effort. She
ranks third in school history in career service aces (202) and
assists (2,483) and stands fourth in digs (1,577).
Senior Morgan Williams (Fenton, Mich./Powers
Catholic) has added 285 kills at a .310 hitting percentage
and paces the squad with 113 blocks. Williams ranks second in
school history with 359 blocks and stands 10th with 806 career
Other Engineers that have appeared in over 100 sets this season
include sophomores Kira Boswell (Ames,
Iowa), Kate Dangel (Upper Arlington,
Ohio) and Casey Levitt (Thousand Oaks,
Calif./Westlake). Boswell recorded 394 assists and
137 digs, Dangel added 330 digs with 15 aces, and Levitt
contributed 229 kills, 281 digs and 39 service aces to the
Rose-Hulman has amassed two six-game winning streaks this season
and surpassed the team's school record for wins by four heading
into the national tournament.
Wittenberg is ranked No. 5 nationally with a record of 31-3
overall and a perfect 16-0 mark in North Coast Athletic Conference
play. The Tigers also won the NCAC Tournament with a sweep
over Hiram last weekend.
The winner of the Rose-Hulman vs. Wittenberg match will
advance into Saturday's second round match against the winner of
Heidelberg vs. Geneva. Other teams at the eight-team,
three-round NCAA regional site include Otterbein, Hope, Calvin and
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