Belles Power Past Comets
- Meaghan Gibbons had a match-high 12 kills while picking up seven digs.
- Rachel Bonek collected her first career double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs while hitting .550 on the day with no errors.
- Leah Buck put up a .417 attack percentage with seven kills and three block assists.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team had a .302 hitting percentage while sweeping Olivet, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-15) on Saturday afternoon.
The Belles jumped out to a 13-4 lead in the first set thanks to an 8-1 run and never looked back. The team had a .368 (17 kills, 3 errors, 38 attempts) hitting percentage in the opening stanza as McKenzie Todd and Meaghan Gibbons each tallied four kills in the set to help set the tone early.
Saint Mary's opened the second set with a 6-2 lead, but the Comets kept close as the teams traded points. With the Belles ahead 10-7, Saint Mary's rattled off an 8-2 run for an 18-9 lead. The Comets cut the deficit to seven points at 20-13, but the lead was too much as Saint Mary's closed out the set with another kill by Gibbons for the 25-16 final.
The third set was much like the second set in that the Belles started off with a big lead as a 7-0 run put Saint Mary's up 9-2. A solo block by the Comets a short while later made it a four-point contest at 11-7, but the Belles maintained at least a six-point lead after winning the next four points in-a-row. Nicole Borah closed out the match with a service ace for the 25-15 third set decision.
Meaghan Gibbons had a match-high 12 kills while picking up seven digs. Rachel Bonek collected her first career double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs while hitting .550 on the day with no errors. Leah Buck put up a .417 attack percentage with seven kills and three block assists. McKenzie Todd chipped in seven kills and nine digs. Kaylin Szucs led all players with 20 digs and three aces, and Alexis Grady tallied 40 assists.
The Belles (6-7, 3-3 MIAA) travel to Albion for a 7:00 p.m. conference contest against the Brits on Wednesday, September 28.