Belles Sweep Brits
- Meaghan Gibbons led all players with 14 kills while tallying 20 digs for her fifth double-double of the season.
- McKenzie Todd paced the Belles with 23 digs and chipped in eight kills on the night.
- Colleen Kilgallon added eight kills, and Rachel Bonek posted seven kills.
ALBION, Mich. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-16) conference win at Albion on Wednesday evening.
The Belles broke open the first set with an 8-4 spurt to claim an 18-11 lead against the Brits. Albion responded with a quick run of their own to cut the deficit to 18-15, but Saint Mary's took three of the next four points to go up 21-16. The Belles kept the momentum going and closed out the set on a 7-3 run for a 25-18 win.
Albion set the tone early in the second set. The Brits ballooned a 7-2 early lead into a 15-9 advantage. The Belles were undeterred in their efforts, however, as Saint Mary's chipped away at the deficit with a 5-1 run a short while later to make it 17-13 as the Brits called a timeout. Albion claimed the next two points for a 19-13 lead, but the Belles battled right back with a 4-0 run to push the score to 19-17. The Brits held the lead until late in the set before the Belles overtook Albion for the comeback 25-23 win in the second stanza.
That late shift in momentum in the second set carried over into the third set as Saint Mary's stormed out to a 10-2 lead. The Belles continued to find success on both offense and defense while continuing to hold at least a five-point lead throughout the remainder of the set en route to the 25-16 victory.
Meaghan Gibbons led all players with 14 kills while tallying 20 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. McKenzie Todd paced the Belles with 23 digs and chipped in eight kills on the night. Colleen Kilgallon added eight kills, and Rachel Bonek posted seven kills. Alexis Grady registered 43 assists, and Kaylin Szucs put up 11 digs. Leah Buck had a hand in five of the team's seven blocks in the win.
The Belles (7-7, 4-3 MIAA) have a break from conference play this weekend as they head to Wisconsin to compete in the Wisconsin-Oshkosh Invitational on Friday and Saturday.