MILWAUKEE -- Freshman-setter Meranda Masse broke Alverno College's single-match record with 44 assists as the Inferno extended its school-record winning streak to five matches with victories over Finlandia University and North Central University (Minn.) in the opening day of the 2013 Alverno Volleyball Tournament.
The Inferno (5-4) downed the Lions, 3-2, in the tournament's first match and swept the Rams in three sets in the second match of the day.
In the Inferno's first five-set match of the season, Masse directed the attack that saw three Inferno players with double-digit kills led by Emily Ortner's 17, Cali Trepp's 14 and Mariah Arterberry's 11. Mary Green added eight, Danielle Rosenthal added one and Masse added three of her own for 54 kills, the second most in school history and just one off the record.
Alverno won the first set 25-8, before it lost the second and third 25-21 and 25-19. Against the wall, the Inferno opened the fourth 3-0 on a pair of Ortner kills and a Trepp service ace, and led the entire frame for the 25-20 win.
In the final and deciding set with the score 7-7, Trepp attacked for back-to-back kills to give Alverno a two-point cushion, which it rode to the 15-12 victory, sealed with an Arterberry kill.
In the 25-18, 25-21, 25-22 win against North Central, Masse assisted on 37-of-39 Inferno kills, led by Trepp's 15 and Ortner's 12.
Schilawski again posted a match-high dig total with 16, while Trepp added 12 digs for her fifth-straight double-double.
Kuyper College (6-1) won Friday's other two tournament matches, 3-1 over Finlandia (1-10) and 3-2 over North Central (2-10). The Lions and Rams square off in Saturday's opening match at 9 a.m., while Alverno hosts Kuyper at 11, and Emmaus Bible College in the final match at approximately 5 p.m. in Reiman Gymnasium.