Springfield, Ohio - For the fourth consecutive year and fifth time in the last six seasons DePauw tangled with Wittenberg for the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament championship and Wittenberg extended its streak of tournament titles to 11 with a 3-0 victory. Wittenberg won by scores of 25-23, 28-26, 25-18.
DePauw finished the regular season at 20-7 and will await word of a possible NCAA at-large berth through the NCAA Selection Show which is scheduled for Monday, November 6, at 12:30 p.m. on NCAA.com. Wittenberg improved to 22-2 and earned the conference's automatic qualification into the Division III postseason.
In the opening set DePauw led by as many as four points on multiple occasions before Wittenberg drew even at 13-13. The teams were tied three more times in the set before Wittenberg gained the lead for good with back-to-back points to make it 18-16.
Wittenberg led by as many as six in the second set before DePauw put together an 8-2 run to even the set at 18-18. The hosts scored the next two before DePauw scored four straight with the final two coming on Morgan Stearley kills to give DePauw a 22-20 advantage. Coming out of a timeout, Wittenberg regained the lead with three straight points. Three more ties followed before DePauw had a chance at set point, but Wittenberg responded with two kills. The set ended in Wittenberg's favor after a DePauw attack error.
In the third set, Wittenberg scored the first six points and DePauw was no closer than two the rest of the match.
Suzanne Peters led DePauw with 15 kills and a .324 attack percentage, while Liv Hartman followed with 10 kills. Keegan Kollias assisted on 33 of the Tigers' 44 kills, while Kaylee Nichols served a pair of aces. Peters led with 19 digs with Morgan Stearley and Haley Bitzer each totaling two block solos.
Maddie Foscher had a team-high 14 kills for Wittenberg, thile Madison Manger led with 18 digs. Aubrey Cox and Fischer led the way with three block assists each.
Wittenberg outhit DePauw .248-.186 and held a 49-44 edge in kills as well as a 70-66 margin in digs.
Peters and Stearley were named to the all-tournament team.