Belles Sweep Hornets

Box Score

  • Meaghan Gibbons had a .321 attack percentage and led all players with 11 kills while posting 11 digs for her tenth double-double of the season.
  • Rachel Bonek added 10 kills with a .375 attack percentage on the night, and Kaylin Szucs had a match-high 19 digs.
  • The Belles had a .423 attack percentage in the third set with 12 kills and one error on 26 attempts for their most lopsided set win of the year.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team took a decisive 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-9) win over Kalamazoo on Tuesday evening.

With the first set tied at 12-12, the Hornets posted three quick points to gain a 15-12 advantage. The Belles responded right back with a big 8-0 run to shift the momentum and give Saint Mary's a 20-15 lead. Kalamazoo broke up the run with a kill, but the Belles kept the offense going and added four more points to close out the opening set 25-16.

Kalamazoo claimed a 5-2 lead early in the second set, but Saint Mary's used a 6-0 spurt to pull ahead 8-5. The score remained tight, and the Hornets put consecutive points on the scoreboard a short while later to keep within striking distance at 12-10. Three points in-a-row by the Belles helped jump-start a stretch which saw Saint Mary's balloon the lead to 20-11. Kalamazoo continued to fight and cut the deficit to five points at 21-16, but an attack error followed by an ace by Meaghan Gibbons and a kill by Rachel Bonek gave the Belles the 25-16 win in the second set.

Saint Mary's stormed out to a 9-2 lead and never looked back in a 25-9 third set win. The Belles did not allow more than two consecutive points to the Hornets over any given stretch in the set while Kalamazoo was limited to a -.034 attack percentage. Saint Mary's, meanwhile, put up a .423 attack percentage in the set with 12 kills and one error on 26 attempts for their most lopsided set win of the season.

Meaghan Gibbons had a .321 attack percentage and led all players with 11 kills while posting 11 digs for her tenth double-double of the season. Rachel Bonek added 10 kills with a .375 attack percentage on the night. Kaylin Szucs registered a match-high 19 digs, and McKenzie Todd chipped in 16 digs and three block assists. Leah Buck put down four block assists, and Alexis Grady had 31 assists in the win.

The Belles (11-12, 7-4 MIAA) travel to Alma on Friday for a 7:00 p.m. match against the Scots.