Belles Win Fourth In-A-Row with Sweep of Scots

Box Score

  • The Belles posted their fourth consecutive 3-0 win of the season.
  • Meaghan Gibbons led all players with 12 kills while doing so with just two errors and 20 attempts for a .500 attack percentage on the night.
  • Kaylin Szucs had a match-high 15 digs, and Clare McMillan recorded a double-double with 19 assists and 10 digs.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team posted their fourth consecutive 3-0 win of the season with a 25-22, 25-13, 25-13 win over Alma in MIAA action on Tuesday night.

The Belles claimed a 4-1 lead early in the first set before the Scots came back to make it a 7-5 score a short while later. Saint Mary's responded with the next two points as Alma called a timeout to try to stop a big run. The Belles continued to gradually add to their lead and built a 20-14 advantage against the Scots. Alma fought back to make it a 22-21 score with back-to-back blocks, but Saint Mary's held steady down the stretch and closed out the first set with a kill by Alexis Grady and a block by Grady and Leah Buck for the 25-22 win.

That late push gave the Belles a lot of momentum going into the second set, and Saint Mary's capitalized on that energy to get out to a 15-8 lead. A 5-0 run later in the set saw that advantage balloon to 21-11 as Saint Mary's made quick work of the second set in a 25-13 final.

The success for Saint Mary's continued to grow while the Belles took advantage of miscues by the Scots to gain a 9-3 lead early in the third set. Alma pulled within two points of Saint Mary's at 10-8 and 11-9, but the Belles rattled off a 7-1 run to mount an 18-10 lead. That margin was insurmountable for the Scots as the Belles closed out the sweep with a 25-13 final in the third set.

Saint Mary's posted a .292 team hitting percentage on the night with 42 kills and 14 errors on 96 attempts. Alma was limited to a .067 attack percentage with 22 kills and 16 errors on 89 attempts.

Meaghan Gibbons led all players with 12 kills while doing so with just two errors and 20 attempts for a .500 attack percentage on the night. McKenzie Todd chipped in seven kills, and Leah Buck, Alexis Grady, and Rachel Bonek each added six kills. Kaylin Szucs had a match-high 15 digs, and Clare McMillan recorded a double-double with 19 assists and 10 digs. Grady posted 17 assists and three aces.

The Belles (5-6, 2-2 MIAA) travel to No. 7 ranked Hope on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. conference match against the Flying Dutch.