Central Michigan’s Marissa Grant hit at a .900 clip (9 kills – 0 errors – 10 swings) in the team’s season opening win over the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore (UMES) on Aug. 24.
Northwestern’s sophomore Alana Walker joined Grant atop the NCAA charts for match hitting percentage in 2018 with a .900 effort of her own (9-0-10) in the Wildcats’ sweep of Colgate on Friday at the Ellis Rowland Memorial Tournament in Hamilton, New York. Walker’s previous best effort was a .588 clip in a sweep of UNC Wilmington on Sept. 2, 2017.
.9️⃣0️⃣0️⃣!!@chiefxlana_ put herself in the #B1GCats record book with her performance tonight. pic.twitter.com/0a5uD5bBOx
— Northwestern Volleyball (@NUVball) September 1, 2018
The .900 clip ranks second all-time in Northwestern lore behind Kim Ludwig’s .917 effort on Sept. 17, 1994, against Milwaukee.
The hometown girl, who attended Chicago’s Whitney Young high school, paced Chicago’s Big Ten team in efficiency in the match, while ranking fourth on the team in kills behind Abryanna Cannon (13), Nia Robinson (11) and Hanna Lesiak (10). She also managed a team-high two blocks in the win.
For the match, Northwestern hit .463 as a team, ranking just outside the school top five in efficiency. The Wildcats hit at a .500 clip in each of the first two sets and followed with a .406 effort in Set 3 en route to the 25-21, 25-22, 25-18 victory.
Northwestern is currently 3-1 on the season, including a 3-0 loss to Princeton to begin Friday’s action. The Wildcats are set to Stephen F. Austin at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.