GALESBURG--The Alverno College volleyball team finished the Knox Tournament Saturday coming up short against MacMurray College 3-1 before closing out the tournament with a victory over Monmouth College 3-2.
The day began with MacMurrary taking set one by a final score of 25-18 until the Inferno responded in the second set with a victory in thrilling fashion 26-24. The Highlander offense came alive in the third and fourth set as it gave MacMurrary the victory 25-13 and 25-16 respectively.
In the final game of the tournament, Alverno faced Monmouth College. Both teams battled early with the Inferno taking a 11-10 lead off a kill by Arianna Rehberg. Two attack errors for Monmouth College gave Alverno the advantage at 16-13. However, Monmouth were able to force a tie at 25 apiece. A kill by Kaylee Leslie and an attack error for the Fighting Scots gave the Inferno the first set at 29-27.
Monmouth turned the tables in the second set as they opened with a 10-1 lead. The Inferno were unable to recover, Monmouth took the second set 25-18.
As the third set began, both teams would not hold a lead greater than one. Another kill by Arianna Rehberg and a five point swing helped the Inferno claim the third set 25-23.
Athe the beginging of fourth set, Alverno continued their momentum holding a 5-1 advantage. However, the Fighting Scots put together a 6-0 run to take control of the set at 7-5. Another 5-0 run for Monmouth College propelled the Fighting Scots to secure the set at 25-14.
The final set of the day saw Alverno control the set early at 8-5. After a tie at 11, two kills from Jessica Wewers and Cailey Jeske helped the Inferno gain a 13-11 margin. A final kill by Wewers closed the match in favor of Alverno 15-13.
Senior Jessica Wewers finished on the day with 16 kills for the match while Arianna Rehberg closed with 15 kills. Sophomore Sam Korn chipped in with 26 assists followed by Alyssa Reinke collecting 34 digs. Junior Cailey Jeske was named to the All-Tournament team for her play throughout the two days finishing with 12 kills and 12 digs during the final match.
Alverno will be back in action as they travel to face NACC foe Edgewood Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.