FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Down 2-1 in the match and 22-16 in the fourth, Alverno College rallied for a 25-23 set win to force a fifth and deciding set, but fell to host Marian University 15-8 for a 3-2 loss.
The host Sabres (6-13, 2-1 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference) were able to overcome the Inferno's school record 60 kills in the match, with 64 of their own on a .217 attack percentage. The Inferno hit .179 in the team's second five-set match in the past five days.
The new Alverno record broke the previous record of 55 which was set in the 2007 season.
Emily Ortner posted a season-high 23 of the Inferno's kills for the third most in school history and just four away from her record mark set against Marian last season, and added a match-high three service aces.
Both teams reached the 20s in the first four sets, the Sabres taking the first and third 25-22 and 25-21, while the Inferno took the even sets 25-22 and 25-23.
The Inferno opened the fifth with an early 2-1 lead, but the Sabres scored 10 of the next 11 points for the 11-3 lead and cruised to the set and match win.
Meranda Masse tallied 30 assists, and Danielle Schilawski anchored the Inferno defense with 31 digs as the sophomore libero became just the second player in Alverno history to surpass the 30-dig mark and just four away from the school record.
At the net Kapinus tallied five block assists, Wewers four and Melissa Weyand three as the Inferno (9-12, 0-5 NACC) tied a season-high with 14 in the match.
Alverno has six days off prior to its next contest, a 7 p.m. match at Milwaukee School of Engineering on Friday.