SMC vs. Kalamazoo
Belles Battle Past Hornets
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's College volleyball team picked up a big MIAA win with a 3-1 (25-20, 26-28, 25-23, 25-17) over visiting Kalamazoo College on Wednesday evening.
After falling behind the Hornets early in the first set, used a handful of small runs to turn a five-point deficit into a four-point lead at 16-12. The Belles would not trail again after going up 13-12 despite a late five-point run by Kalamazoo. Stephanie Bodien was almost unstoppable in the first set as the freshman outside hitter had seven kills in nine attempts for a .778 attacking percentage.
The Belles were on the brink of taking the second set on a service ace by Danie Brink, which put the score at 24-22. Kalamazoo, however, came back to tie the match at 24-24, 25-25, and 26-26 before claiming the set 28-26.
In the third set, the Belles had another come-from-behind effort. After trailing 7-3, the Belles claimed the lead in the set for good at the 15-14 mark. Saint Mary's rattled off six-straight points for a 21-15 lead and held on to take a 25-23 win.
The Belles stormed out in the fourth set to a quick 13-5 lead. Kalamazoo would not be able to get within less than five points down the stretch and Saint Mary's took the set 25-17.
Lorna Slupczysnki led all players on the night with 17 kills while also adding four service aces and 14 digs. Stephanie Bodien added 15 kills and Andrea Sasgen had 11 kills of her own for the Belles. Meghann Rose had a match-high 23 digs to lead five different Belles in double-digits in digs. Danie Brink, meanwhile, had a match-high 41 assists.
The Belles (7-6, 3-9 MIAA) will take a break from conference play this weekend as they travel to Anderson University for a triangular with the Ravens and Transylvania University.