McDaniel to battle for CC title

(c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
(c) 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will travel to Lancaster, Pa., in search of its third Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball championship this weekend.

The third seeded Green Terror (19-6, 7-3 CC) faces second-seeded Muhlenberg (19-11, 8-2 CC) in Saturday's second semifinal at 3:30 p.m. or 60 minutes following the conclusion of the day's first semifinal.

That semifinal pits top-seeded Franklin & Marshall (24-5, 10-0 CC) against the winner of the first-round match between fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins (11-12, 7-3) and fifth-seeded Gettysburg (14-15, 6-4 CC). That match begins at 1 p.m.

The semifinal winners will advance to Sunday's championship match, which will be held at Franklin & Marshall on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The tournament's champion will earn the CC's automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on Nov. 15. The NCAA field will be announced on Monday at 11 a.m.

The Green Terror claimed conference crowns in 1994 and 1999. It is the first tournament appearance for McDaniel since 2007.

In the regular-season meeting between the Green Terror and Mules, Muhlenberg posted a 3-0 win in Westminster on Sept. 14.

Sophomore Kloe Martin (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) led McDaniel during the regular season with 311 kills and was second on the team with 263 digs and 29 service aces. She added 28 total blocks.

Freshman Madeline Rose (Soddy Daisy, Tenn./Baylor High) was second on the team during the regular season with 235 kills while leading the way with 75 total blocks. She added 28 aces.

Freshman Genna Weger (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) led the defense with 357 digs.

Sophomore Colette Kellen (Derwood, Md./Covenant Life) and freshman Maddie Moyer (Brookeville, Md./Sherwood) contributed 519 and 353 assists, respectively, to the attack. Kellen led the way with 30 aces and added 214 digs. Moyer added 27 aces and 113 digs.

Freshmen Lexi Corral (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) and Caroline Savin (Shrewsbury, Pa./Susquehannock) added 57 and 49 total blocks, respectively.