MILWAUKEE -- The Inferno put up a valiant effort on Alverno College's Senior Night, but the visiting Maranatha Baptist Bible College Crusaders left Reiman Gymnasium with a 3-1 Northern Athletics Conference victory Saturday night.
Alverno (3-21, 0-11 NAC) hung tough with Maranatha (15-3, 8-3 NAC), but lost the opener 25-20. The Crusaders had a slightly better attack in the set, with a .255-to-.225 advantage on attack percentage, but it was just enough to be the difference in the five-point variance between the teams.
After 16 kills in the first set, the Crusaders were limited to only five in the second frame, while the Inferno posted 15 kills. Alverno trailed 17-13, but a pair of service aces by Cali Trepp and a pair of attack errors by Maranatha evened the set at 17-17.
The Inferno took its first lead of the set since the opening 1-0 score, 21-20 on an Emma Ortner kill and rattled off a 5-1 run to close out the set, 25-21. Ortner finished off the set with another one of her team-high 14 kills to even the match at one set apiece.
In the third, Alverno trailed just 11-10, but the Crusaders quickly extended their lead to 10 and cruised to a 25-15 win to put them back in front of the match, 2-1. This frame is was the visitors who limited the Inferno's attack to just five kills, due in big part to the 13-team blocks on the night.
The scrappy Inferno club did not go away without putting up a fight, but lost the fourth and final set of the match, 25-19. The Inferno had 14 kills to the Crusaders' 13, but committed a match-high 10 errors in the set.
Devon Gorman had a match-high 18 digs to lead four Inferno players with double-digit kills, while Trepp added 11 kills to help in the offensive attack.
The Inferno's lone senior Reagan Owen, who was honored before the match, had a match-best 33 assists to go along with eight digs and seven kills in her final home match of her career.
Maranatha was led by reigning NAC player of the year, Torey DeLozier, who posted a match-high 26 kills.
Alverno returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Concordia University Chicago to close out conference play.