Alverno Swept In Opening Day Of Midwest Crossroads College Challenge

Alverno Swept In Opening Day Of Midwest Crossroads College Challenge

HOBART, Ind. -- A pair of 3-0 losses at the Midwest Crossroads College Challenge began Alverno College's season today at the Diggz Volleyball Center in northwest Indiana.

Lawrence Technological University (1-4) picked up its first victory of the season with a 25-19, 25-15, 25-9 sweep of the Inferno, as the Blue Devils nearly doubled the offensive attack with a 28-15 advantage on kills. The Inferno also committed 14 receive errors in the season-opening loss.

Emily Ortner led Alverno with seven kills on a .192 attack percentage, while Mariah Arterberry served up a pair of aces for the Inferno.

Defensively, rookie libero Danielle Schilawski led the Inferno with nine digs, while Cali Trepp chipped in seven.

In the nightcap, Indiana University Kokomo remained undefeated with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-12 sweep of Alverno. Although the Inferno (0-2) defended well with 55 digs, the 7-0 Cougars connected on nearly 25 percent of their attacks for 34 kills.

Three Inferno players tallied double-digit digs as Schilawski had a match-high 16, Ortner had 15 and Trepp added 13.

The Inferno offense also showed much improvement from the opening match with 33 team kills in match number two. Trepp had an impressive .400 attack percentage with a team-high 13 kills for her first double-double of the season, while Ortner connected on .304 of her attempts with 10 kills for her first double-double as well.

Arterberry served another pair of aces to lead the team, while rookie setter Meranda Masse posted 24 assists.

Unfortunately, as in the opener, receive errors plagued the Inferno in the second match as well, as the Cougars rattled off 11 aces in the three-set match.

Alverno finishes up play at the tournament with a pair of matches tomorrow versus Robert Morris University-Chicago and Indiana University East at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. as first-year head coach Jimmy Muñoz seeks his first win at the helm of the Inferno volleyball program.