MILWAUKEE -- The visiting Aurora University Spartans snapped Alverno College's seven-match win streak as they swept the Inferno in three close sets in a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference match Wednesday night in Reiman Gymnasium.
Emily Ortner set an Alverno record for digs in a three-set match with 23, also her career high, but the Inferno attack couldn't duplicate its effectiveness after the first set.
The Inferno (7-5, 1-1 NACC) led 24-22 in the opening frame, but the Spartans (6-7, 1-1) rallied off four-consecutive points to take it, 26-24.
Alverno hit an impressive .382 in the first, but would tally more attack errors than kills in the second and third, due in part to the Spartans' seven team blocks.
After an 11-5 Alverno lead in the second, the Spartans scored nine points in a row for the 14-11 advantage that they would not relinquish to take the set 25-21, and lead the match 2-0.
The final set went back and forth and saw four lead changes, but the Spartans completed the sweep with the 25-20 win.
Alverno has off until next Tuesday, Sept. 24, when it travels to Lisle, Ill., to face host Benedictine University. First serve is at 7 p.m. versus the defending NACC co-champion.