Alverno Triumphs Over Beloit In 5

Cailey Jeske
Cailey Jeske

MILWAUKEE -- The Alverno College volleyball team pulled out a 3-2 nonconference triumph over visiting Beloit College Tuesday night inside Reiman Gymnasium.

It marks the first time in program history the Inferno have started 2-0.

"2-0 feels pretty good," said Alverno Head Coach Susan Peterson. "I think we are right where we were hoping to be at so far this season."

It was a slow start for the Inferno who lost the opening set, 25-14, as the Buccaneers connected on their match best .300 of their attack. Yet the hosts bounced back in the second and evened the match with the 25-19 win.

Alverno looked like it would take a one-set lead in the match as it led 23-19, but Beloit (2-3) used a 7-1 run to close out the frame for the 26-24 win. In the fourth, the Inferno scored four of the final five points for the 25-21 win to force the fifth and deciding match.

Outside of the Bucs' taking the first point of the fifth, Alverno took a 2-1 lead and remained in front the rest of the way. Atiya Mansfield closed out the match with her fourth kill of the night for the 15-9 victory.

"I think Beloit played us pretty tough tonight," said Peterson. "We didn't get away with a lot of things I was hoping we would. We have some things we need to work on, but it was nice to get the win."

Cailey Jeske led all players with 16 kills, added three aces and five digs while Arianna Rehberg added 11 kills via an impressive .348 attack percentage. Seniors Melissa Weyand and Jessica Wewers added nine and eight kills, and Mansfield posted 39 assists in her second collegiate match.

Morgan Lemner led the way at the service line with five of the Inferno's 13 aces.

Defensively, Alyssa Reinke had a match-high 19 digs while Mansfield and Kaylee Leslie added nine apiece. Wewers had seven blocks, Rehberg six and Lauryn Young added five.

Amanda Baran had a double-double for the visitors with 11 kills and 11 digs.

The Inferno takes its 2-0 record to the MSOE Invitational this weekend for four matches beginning Friday at 4 p.m. versus Maranatha Baptist University.