MILWAUKEE -- A thrilling five-set match began Alverno College's 2015 season giving Susan Peterson her first collegiate coaching victory as the Inferno topped visiting Beloit College Tuesday evening inside Reiman Gymnasium.
"We definitely have some things to work on," said Peterson, "but I'm really proud of the fact that we came together as a team. A lot of the young players were able to step up in clutch positions in tonight's win."
Alverno escaped with a 25-23 win in set one before the Buccaneers evened the match after a 25-20 set-two final. The Inferno took the third 25-22, but Beloit took the fourth set in convincing fashion 25-14 to force a deciding fifth.
"We made some changes after that fourth set," Peterson said. "I'm really proud of the way we were able to execute what we talked about during that time out."
Alverno trailed 11-8 in the fifth, but after an attack error by the Bucs, the Inferno freshmen anchored a comeback. Rookie Alyssa Reinke served up five straight points, including an ace, and fellow freshman Naomi Jordan connected for a pair of kills to give the hosts a 14-11 lead.
After an Alverno miscue, Beloit pulled within two, but sophomore Melissa Weyand threw down her eighth kill of the night for the match-clinching point.
Jessica Wewers led the attack with 12 and eight kills, directed by Meranda Masse's match-high 29 assists. Genevieve Bauman dropped in five service aces and Masse added three as Alverno tallied 10 on the night.
Reinke backed the Inferno defense with a match-best 18 digs, while Weyand and Jordan had four blocks apiece in Alverno's fourth consecutive victory over the Buccaneers.
The two nonconference foes will meet again on Friday in Beloit's Buc Blast Tournament. First serve is set for 4:30 p.m. at Flood Arena.