McDaniel to battle for CC title

(c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
(c) 2017 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel will travel to Franklin & Marshall in the first-round match of the 2017 Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball championship on Wednesday. Match time is 7 p.m.

The fifth-seeded Green Terror (18-7, 6-4 CC) faces the fourth-seeded Diplomats (16-11, 7-3 CC) with the winner advancing to Saturday's semifinals at Johns Hopkins.

Top-seeded Johns Hopkins (22-3, 10-0 CC) will host Wednesday's winner in the first semifinal to begin at 1 p.m. Second-seeded Swarthmore (20-6, 8-2 CC) will face third-seeded Muhlenberg (24-5, 8-2 CC) in the day's other semifinal 60 minutes following the conclusion of the first semifinal.

The semifinal winners will advance to Sunday's championship match, which will be held at Johns Hopkins at 1 p.m.

The tournament's champion will earn the CC's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III tournament, slated to begin on Nov. 10. The NCAA field will be announced on Sunday night.

The Green Terror claimed conference crowns in 1994, 1999 and 2015. It is the sixth tournament appearance for McDaniel.

In the regular-season meeting between the Green Terror and Diplomats, Franklin & Marshall posted a 3-1 win in Lancaster on Oct. 4.

Freshman Marlowe Embry (Milpitas, Calif./J.H. Pitman) led McDaniel during the regular season with 225 kills and was third on the team with 224 digs. She also added 18 aces and 14 total blocks.

Junior Taylor Bauman (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) led the defense with a single-season program-record 521 digs and team-best 57 service aces. Her 5.66 digs per set is best in the CC while her service ace total is in the top four.

Freshman Emma Lorenzen (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) led the way with 70 total blocks and was second on the team with 165 kills.

Freshman Gayle Edelstein (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) and junior Lauren Wells (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) contributed 393 and 376 assists, respectively, to the attack. Edelstein was second on the team with 35 aces.

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