Women’s Cross Country
The EC women’s cross country team placed seventh at the CCIW Women’s Cross Country Championship at Illinois Wesleyan University on Oct. 29.
Junior Alaina Nebel won the individual crown and is the ninth lady Bluejay to win the CCIW individual title. The last lady Bluejay to take home the title was Maria Mele in 2007.
With a time of 22:41.2, Nebel finished nearly 54 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Nebel also earned first-team all CCIW honors and was named the CCIW’s Female Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Senior Kalia Konecki placed 43rd with a time of 26:14.3, while senior Liesel Metz placed 62nd in 27:28.3. Sophomore Maria Dugo placed 65th in 28:00.7, freshmen Emma McSpadden and Becky Garcia placed 66th in 28:13.4 and 68th in 28:27.8 respectively.
The lady Bluejays will compete in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional on Saturday, Nov. 12.
Men’s Cross Country
With a total of 176 points, the EC men’s cross country team placed sixth at the 2016 CCIW Cross Country Championships.
With a 28th place finish, junior Dan Wiggin crossed the finish line with a time of 27:57.5. Junior Scott Blaszak placed 36th with a time of 28:26.7, while sophomores Juan Cataneda and Joe Rivas placed 39th with a time of 28:41.9 and 41st with a time of 28:55.4 respectively. Freshman Antonio Aguillera finished with a time of 29:31 and finished in 47th place.
Freshman Jacob Hubbard, senior William O’Connell and junior Nick Schulberg completed the group of top eight runners by finishing in 63rd place (31:11.0), 64th place (31:13.04) and 66th place (31:38.8).
On Nov. 12, the Bluejays will run in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Championships.
With a four-set victory over Millikin University, the EC women’s volleyball team moved to the top of the CCIW standings on Oct. 26. The lady Bluejays rank 18th in the latest AVCA poll, with a record of 20- 10 overall and 6-1 in the CCIW after the 25-23, 25-20, 13-25 and 25-18 victory. EC stands a half game in front of Millikin for the top spot in the CCIW.
Senior Melissa Nava scored a kill while senior Mary Lawrence scored an ace to seal the opening set for EC at 25-23.
In the second set, six points behind the serve of junior Amy Schryver along with three straight aces helped the Bluejays to close the set.
Stats for the contest included EC hitting at .211 with 47 kills, 17 errors and 142 swings. Junior Alli Rogers had 11 kills and nine digs while Nava had 10 kills. Juniors Mel Lundin and Hannah Davis each totaled eight kills. Lawrence scored six kills, six blocks and 11 digs, while Schryver totaled a match-high of 24 digs and five aces. Senior Hannah Nimrick totaled 36 assists, 18 digs and four kills.
On Oct. 28, the lady Bluejays swept Benedictine University in a 25-17, 25-23 and 25-22 win.
The lady Bluejays cruised to an easy win in the first set.
In the second set, consecutive kills by Nava, Rogers and Lundin put the lady Bluejays in front 23-20. Five points followed the serve of junior Ani Agbabian; Nimrick finished the set with a kill.
EC hit for .361, which included 18 kills and five errors on 31 attempts. With kills from Nimrick, Davis and a match-high 11th kill from Nava, EC took the match and win.
Nimrick totaled 30 assists and 14 digs, Rogers had 10 digs, while both tallied eight kills. Lawrence and sophomore Alyssa Olson had match-highs of three blocks, while Schryver totaled 19 digs.
In the final game of the regular season on Nov. 1, the lady Bluejays suffered a three-set loss at Illinois Benedictine University.
EC fell 16-25, 24-26 and 16- 25. As a result, EC’s record fell to 21-11 overall and 6-2 in the CCIW.
The lady Bluejays hit for .122 with 33 kills and 19 errors in 115 swings. Rogers totaled 10 kills and seven digs, while Lawrence tallied nine kills, nine digs and three blocks. Nimrick totaled 22 assists, seven digs and four kills, while junior Amy Schryver saw a team-best of 12 digs.
In the opening match, EC secured a spot in the CCIW Tournament championship match with a three-set sweep over Wheaton College on Nov. 4. The lady Bluejays took the match with a 26-24, 25-16, 25-18 win.
In the opening set, EC came from behind with six straight points behind Molly Brennan’s serve. A kill from Rogers and a block from Lawrence brought the Bluejays even at 24-24. Kills from Schryver and Nimrick ended the set at 26-24.
The second set featured an 8-2 run, while EC won the final four points to close the set. With a kill from Rogers, EC put the set away at 25-18.
EC hit for .245 with 41 kills and 17 errors in 98 swings. With 12 kills, Rogers led the offense. Lawrence, Nava and Davis totaled six kills a piece. Nimrick tallied a team-leading 28 assists and four aces, while Schryver totaled a team-leading 10 digs for the victory. Nine aces were served by the lady Bluejays and 10 blocks for the win.
EC entered the CCIW Tourna- ment as the No. 2 seeded squad (22-12) in the conference and lost to Millikin University (26- 11) in three sets on Nov. 5.
A statistical team comparison reveals a mostly even match- up and all three sets were well fought for, with close scores of 21-25, 22-25 and 26-28.
Lundin led EC with 11 of the team’s 37 kills. Nimrick led the team in assists with 29.
Millikin junior Erin Syversen led the game with 18 of the Bluejay’s 44 kills. Millikin junior Emily Mihalkanin was the game-leader in assists with 33, one shy of the total amount of assists EC was able to put up as a team in the bout.