WESTERN CAROLINA 3, TOLEDO 0 (25-14, 30-28, 25-22)
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Western Carolina swept past Toledo to claim a spot in the quarterfinals of the 2022 NIVC on Sunday afternoon.
The Catamounts (20-12) will face Southern Miss in the quarterfinals. Merry Gebel led Western Carolina with 13 kills and 6 digs on .400 hitting, while Livi Weidmann added 12 kills and 6 blocks on .526 hitting. As a team, the Catamounts were efficient on offense, hitting .336. Sydney Carlson had a double-double with 19 assists and 14 digs.
Toledo (19-13) got 16 kills and eight digs from Taylor Alt, but as a team, hit just .188.
DRAKE 3, WEBER STATE 2 (21-25, 25-21, 17-25, 26-24, 15-7)
Wichita, Kan, — Drake fought out of a 2-1 hole Sunday against Weber State and had all the answers if the final set, advancing the Bulldogs into Round 2 of the 2022 NIVC.
Drake (27-7) will face Grand Canyon in the next round Monday. Taylor Oberpriller had 28 kills and 11 digs, and Mariana Rodrigues finished with 16 kills. Addison Beagle closed with 56 assists and 11 digs; Jada Wills had 24 digs.
In the fifth set, the Bulldogs jumped ahead 8-2, and they sealed the deal with a kill from Ashlynn Kuhn and two in a row by Rodrigues.
The Wildcats (17-12) were paced by Dani Richins, who had 18 kills and 14 digs. Emma Mangum added 11 kills and Makayla Sorensen closed with eight kills and 11 digs. Kate Standifird added 43 assists and 22 digs. Charli Bouquet chipped in with 17 digs.
GRAND CANYON 3, WICHITA STATE 1 (25-15, 25-27, 26-24, 25-23)
Wichita, Kan. — Grand Canyon used a balanced offensive attack to move past host Wichita State and advance to Round 2 of the 2022 NIVC.
The Lopes (18-10) got 15 kills from Melanie Brecka; McKenzie Wise had 14 kills and 12 digs, while Tatum Parrott closed with 14 kills and 15 digs. Klaire Mitchell finished with 51 assists and WSU transfer Megan Taflinger had 16 digs.
Grand Canyon will play Drake on Monday in the next round.
The Shockers (18-13) got 12 kills and 12 digs from Brylee Kelly. Natalie Foster had 12 kills, and Kayce Litzau closed with 41 assists.