MILWAUKEE -- Visiting Concordia University Chicago spoiled Alverno College's 2013 season finale with an exciting five-set decision Saturday evening in Reiman Gymnasium.
The Inferno (10-14, 1-10 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference) looked sluggish in the first set, which it lost 25-12.
In the second set, the Cougars (4-18, 2-9 NACC) followed in similar fashion, as the Inferno heated up with a 25-12 win to even the match at one apiece.
The conference foes battled in the third frame, which saw the score tied nine times and the lead change hands on six occasions, but the Cougars pulled ahead for the 25-22 decision.
Alverno followed with a match-evening 25-21 set win in the fourth to send the contest to a fifth and deciding round of action.
The host Inferno looked in control as Danielle Schilawski (12 digs, 4 aces) served up five-consecutive points to take a 9-5 lead, but the Cougars chipped away at the lead and tied things up at 14-14 on an Inferno error.
Concordia Chicago took the lead, 15-14, before Cali Trepp (12 digs) issued her 14th kill of the night to tie the match back up, but the Cougars answered with a kill of their own for the 16-15 lead.
Setter Meranda Masse (34 assists, 6 kills) followed with a set-tying kill, but a pair of Inferno errors terminated the match, 18-16, in the Cougars' favor, 3-2.
The Inferno held a slight edge in hitting percentage--.113 to the Cougars' .112--but the Cougars held a close 47-46 advantage on kills, and controlled the defensive side of the net on blocks, 9.0 to 7.5, and digs, 70-55.
Alverno's 10 victories this season broke the school-wins record by three.