SMC vs. Kalamazoo
Belles Battle Past Hornets
Box Score (pdf)
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - In a battle of sheer determination, the Saint Mary's College volleyball team prevailed over Kalamazoo College 3-1 (14-25, 26-24, 26-24, 25-14) to claim their 10th victory of the season and third MIAA win.
The Hornets, however, would be the team to gain momentum early in the match by capitalizing on miscues by the Belles to take the first set 25-14.
In the second set, Cathy Kurczak and Lorna Slupczynski combined for 10 of the team's 12 kills in the frame. The Belles staved off a late rally by the Hornets as well as a set-point opportunity for the visitors and took the 26-24 decision to even the match at one set to one.
The third set appeared to have swung in favor of the Hornets when Kalamazoo went up 20-17 on a Belles hitting error. Saint Mary's, however, showed much of the same tenacity to stay in the match as they had in the second set when they fought off another Kalamazoo set-point opportunity. Kurczak had two big kills late in the set to tie the score at 24-24 and to give the Belles the 26-24 edge to end the frame.
After being close early, the Belles took control of the fourth set when they claimed the lead for good at 4-3 on a Kalamazoo service error en route to the 25-15 decision. Kaela Hellmann had five of the team's nine kills in the fourth set while also adding two service aces and five digs.
Slupczynski, Hellmann, and Kurczak all finished the match with double-digit kills. Slupczynski had a match-high 16 kills while Hellmann finished with 13 and Kurczak tallied 11 in the win. Hellmann had a team-best 26 digs as five Belles posted 10+ digs against Kalamazoo. Junior Liana Rohr also had a strong night with a match-high 37 assists in the contest.
With the win, the Belles have put together four straight seasons with at least 10 wins. It is also the 10th time a team guided by Julie Schroeder-Biek has accomplished the feat.
The Belles (10-4, 3-2 MIAA) will travel to Calvin College on Saturday, September 27 to face-off against the AVCA #16 Knights at 11:00 a.m. before taking on Adrian College at 1:00 p.m.