Belles Topped by No. 6 Knights
- Marielle Corbett led Saint Mary's with nine kills and picked up five digs.
- Alyssa Chong posted a .500 attack percentage with five kills on ten attempts.
- Audrey Shannon led the team with 11 digs.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team had their five-match winning streak snapped in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-22) loss to No. 6 ranked Calvin on Wednesday evening.
The visiting Knights took control of the opening set with an 11-2 run to switch a 3-2 deficit into a 13-5 lead. The Belles chipped away at the deficit to make it 14-11. Audrey Shannon served up an ace, Alyssa Chong had a kill, Marielle Corbett and Chong combined on a block, and Morgan VanderWey tallied an ace. Calvin responded with a decisive 7-2 spurt to gain a 21-13 lead late in the set. Leah Buck hammered down a kill a few points later to keep the Belles alive, but the Knights closed out the set with a kill for the 25-15 opening set win.
Calvin gained momentum early in the second set while establishing a 14-6 lead. Saint Mary's got kills by Corbett, Bonek, and Chong to stay close at 15-11, but the Belles were unable to get a big run as the home side could not get the deficit below four points. A late push by Saint Mary's made it 21-17, but the Knights took four of the next five points for a 25-18 win.
The Belles fought their way back from a 17-11 deficit in the third set to make it a 23-19 score. The tail end of that run was aided by kills from Rachel Bonek, Nicole Lukens, and Leah Buck as the Knights called a timeout. Calvin went ahead 24-19 after the timeout, but Saint Mary's kept the match alive with a Calvin service ace, a double block by Buck and Corbett, and a kill by Corbett to make it 24-22. The Knights, however, clinched the set and the match on the next point with a kill.
Marielle Corbett led Saint Mary's with nine kills and picked up five digs. Alyssa Chong posted a .500 attack percentage with five kills on ten attempts. Rachel Bonek and Leah Buck each chipped in five kills. Audrey Shannon led the team with 11 digs, and Nicole Lukens added seven digs. Morgan VanderWey tallied 18 assists and five digs.
Th Belles (10-8, 6-5 MIAA) are back in action on Tuesday, October 17 when they travel to Hope for a 7:00 p.m. contest against the Flying Dutch.