MILWAUKEE -- Visiting Wisconsin Lutheran College held off Alverno College this afternoon in Reiman Gymnasium, 25-17, 27-25 and 25-22.
The Warriors' slightly-better attack percentage, .174 to .103, and a 10-3 advantage on service aces proved to be the difference in the match.
Leading 8-7 in the opening set, the Warriors (8-21, 4-5 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference) rallied off nine-straight points, including four service aces by Alayna Greenfield, to take a commanding 10-point lead it wouldn't relinquish.
The Inferno (10-12, 1-8 NACC) hung tough in the back-and-forth second set, and took a 24-23 lead on back-to-back kills by Emily Ortner and Meranda Masse, but the Warriors would follow with two of their own for the one-point lead. Ortner again came through with the game-tying kill at 25-25, but a pair of Inferno attack errors would give the Warriors the set win in extra points.
In the final frame, the Warriors led throughout. A kill by Cali Trepp pulled the Inferno within two, 23-21, but the Warriors scored two of the final three points for the match victory.
Ortner led all attackers with 15 kills, while Danielle Schilawski recorded a match-high 22 digs to lead the Inferno defensive effort. Trepp recorded a double-double with 16 digs and 11 kills.
Alverno wraps up its final week of play with a road match at Lakeland College on Wednesday, followed by its home and season finale versus Concordia University Chicago on Saturday.