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Fri Aug 30
Final
1 Denison
3 vs. Carnegie Mellon
@ Cleveland, Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio
Sat Aug 31
Final
0 Denison
3 at Case Western Reserve
in Cleveland, Ohio
Sat Aug 31
Final
0 Utica
3 vs. Denison
@ Cleveland, Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio
Tue Sep 03
Final
0 Denison
3 at Otterbein
in Westerville, Ohio
Fri Sep 06
Final
3 Denison
0 vs. Adrian
@ Unknown MIAA/NCAC Crossover Showcase
Sat Sep 07
Final
1 Denison
3 at Alma
in Lansing, Mich.
Sat Sep 07
Final
3 Denison
0 at Trine
in Lansing, Mich.
Tue Sep 10
Final
3 #21 Ohio Northern
1 vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Sep 14
Final
3 Denison
0 vs. Albion
@ Earlham in Richmond, Ind.
Sat Sep 14
Final
3 Denison
1 vs. Ind.-Southeast
@ Richmond, Ind. in Richmond, Ind.
Wed Sep 18
7:00 PM
Wilmington (Ohio)
vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Sep 21
10:00 AM
Denison
at Capital
in Columbus, Ohio
Sat Sep 21
12:00 PM
Denison
vs. La Roche
@ Capital University Tournament in Columbus, Ohio
Tue Sep 24
7:00 PM
Bluffton
vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Sep 28
1:00 PM
Kenyon
vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Oct 02
7:00 PM
Denison
at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Sat Oct 05
1:00 PM
Hiram
vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Oct 08
7:00 PM
Denison
at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Sat Oct 12
11:30 AM
Denison
at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Tue Oct 15
7:00 PM
Franciscan
vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Oct 17
7:00 PM
Denison
at Marietta
in Marietta, Ohio
Wed Oct 23
7:00 PM
Oberlin
vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Oct 26
1:00 PM
Allegheny
vs. Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Oct 29
7:00 PM
Denison
at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
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Volleyball to open with Wooster in NCAC Tournament

Payton McElfresh  |  Photo by Brett Dunbar
Payton McElfresh | Photo by Brett Dunbar

GRANVILLE, Ohio – Winners of four of their last six matches, Denison volleyball enters the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament as the No. 6 seed after defeating the College of Wooster 3-0 last Wednesday in Granville. The Big Red will now face the familiar foe, No. 7 Wooster, once again in the first round of the conference tournament on Friday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. in Springfield, Ohio.

Squaring off in their final conference game of the regular season, the Big Red swept the Fighting Scots after posting a .230 hit percentage for the match, including a match-high .303 in the second set. DU's Emma Woerner and Alex Tubbs led the night with 23 combined kills, while senior Julia Miller added 30 assists and 15 digs. Freshmen Payton McElfresh (10) and Marija Pavlick (18) also finished with double-digit kills as Denison forced 26 Wooster errors and secured their spot in the tournament.

Highlighted by kill rates of .230 or better in two of their last three conference matches, the Big Red offense has found consistency behind Woerner and McElfresh. Woerner, a native of Novato, Calif., currently leads the team in kills with 203 and is tied for third in service aces at 24, while McElfresh, the reigning NCAC Player of the Week, follows with 200 kills and is second on the team in assists (68) and digs (261).

Denison's recent offensive success can be traced back to Miller, who has paced the Big Red with 729 assists this season, including 30 or more assists in seven of her last eight matches. The Battle Creek, Mich. native also sits 16 assists shy of 2,000 for her career (1,984).

Defensively, Pavlick has posted a team-leading 349 digs, while her 4.47 digs per set rank in the top five in the conference. The Big Red currently have four players on their roster with 200 or more digs on the season, led by Pavlick, McElfresh (261), Miller (221), and sophomore Kaila Kasper (217). Also recording 137 total blocks in 2018, Tubbs leads the team with 66 blocks, ranking seventh overall in the conference, while Isabella Pivec and Olivia Burnside follow with 40 blocks each.

The winner of Denison-Wooster will advance to the second round at 7 p.m. to take on third-seeded Hiram College (21-4). The other first-round matchup features No. 5 Ohio Wesleyan and No. 8 Oberlin, with the winner advancing to the second round to face No. 4 Kenyon at 7 p.m.

Tickets for this weekend's NCAC Tournament can be purchased at the arena for $7 for adults and $3 for children (18 years of age and under). NCAC students will receive admission at no cost with proof of a student ID. Each ticket will garner you access to all matches occurring on that specific day.

Wittenberg will be providing live stats for all matches on Friday and Saturday available on their NCAC Tournament site, including live video for the championship match on Saturday at 5 p.m.