#5 Wittenberg Hands DePauw First NCAC Loss

#5 Wittenberg Hands DePauw First NCAC Loss

Springfield, Ohio - DePauw tried to battle back from a 2-0 deficit at number-five Wittenberg, but the hosts proved to be too much in the fourth and deciding set at Wittenberg won 25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 25-11. DePauw dropped to 16-5 overall and 4-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while Wittenberg improved to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in conference play.

In the opening set, DePauw won the first point, but Wittenberg never trailed after scoring the next three on the way to the 25-19 victory. A tight third set saw seven ties before Wittenberg won five straight points to take a 19-14 advantage. DePauw gradually came back to tie the score at 21, but couldn't gain the lead and the host scored the final two points for a 25-23 win.

The visiting Tigers trailed 2-0 in the third set, but won the next two points and didn't trail the rest of the set. DePauw led by as many as seven at 20-13 and Wittenberg closed to within 23-21, but DePauw wrapped up the set by winning the final two points. Wittenberg scored the first five points of the fourth set and DePauw didn't recover.

Mary Kate Etling paced DePauw with 12 kills and Elisabeth Wilson added 11 with Wilson posting a .556 attack percentage and Etling .393. Faith Rolwes assisted on 46 of DePauw's 49 kills, while Keely McGrath led with 24 digs. Wilson posted four total blocks and finished with seven team blocks.

Kara Seidenstricker paced Wittenberg with 13 kills, while Kendall Farmer and Kristina Fultz each added 10. Meghan Vodopich assisted 38 of Wittenberg's 60 kills, while Seidenstricker had three aces and the hosts finished with 10 as a team. Kiah Murray recorded 29 digs and Emily Kahlig two blocks in the win.

DePauw travels to Calvin College on Friday where they'll face Wheaton (Ill.) and Calvin on Friday night.