MILWAUKEE -- After starting the season 0-4, Alverno College has rattled off seven-consecutive victories, including a pair of wins in the final day of the 2013 Alverno College Volleyball Tournament in Reiman Gymnasium.
The Inferno (7-4) downed Kuyper College, 3-1, Saturday morning and swept Emmaus Bible College, 3-0, in the final match of the tournament, to finish as the only undefeated team in tournament play.
The seven total victories ties the school record for wins in a season, set back in 2006 when the Inferno went 7-20. The program -- now in its 14th season -- won a combined eight matches over the prior four seasons.
"Turning a program around is tough, it's challenging," said first-year head coach of the Inferno, Jimmy Muñoz. "But I'm up for the challenge. We've been improving daily, and I'm stoked where we're at right now."
Junior-outside-hitter Cali Trepp showed her improvment with a career-high 20 kills in the win over the Cougars (6-2) this morning. The kill-total broke the school record for a four-set match by two, previously held by herself and teammate Emily Ortner, who added 15 kills in the victory.
Danielle Schilawski secured a match-high 26 digs and was one of four Inferno with a double-digit defensive mark as Trepp (18), Genevieve Bauman (15) and Ortner (11) also limited the Cougars' attack to a measly .028 attack percentage.
Alverno won the first set 25-20, and was a point away from a second-set win, but lost in extra points, 30-28. The Inferno trailed just once more in the match, 5-4 in the third, but took the set 25-15 and secured the match with a 25-19 win in the fourth.
After an error on the first attack of the match against the Eagles (2-5), the Inferno led the rest of the way and rolled to 25-13, 25-7 and 25-7 set wins in the record-tying contest where every player saw extended time on the court.
Ortner and Schilawski led the defense with 11 and 10 digs, while Bauman had five of the Inferno's 16 service aces.
With 13 matches left on the schedule, the Inferno looks to continue its winning ways and make history. Its first chance is this Wednesday as it hosts Aurora University in its first Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference home match of the season.
"This is a season of history," added Muñoz. "It's for me to prove myself at this level, and it's for these ladies to prove themselves and that they can be a team to reckon with."