VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Alverno Inferno volleyball team kicked off the 2018 season at the Virginia Wesleyan Invitational on Friday. The Inferno fell to both Geneva and Randolph-Macon in straight-set contests.
Alverno vs. Geneva
To open the 2018 campaign Alverno squared off with the Geneva Golden Tornadoes and fell in three-straight sets. The Inferno scored 12 points in the opening set before tallying 19 in the second. Alverno dropped the third set by a 25-17 score.
In the opening set, junior Sam Korn led the team with two aces, while senior Cailey Jeske and freshman Catie Flannery each had one kill apiece in the opening set. Sophomore Morgan Lemner had four digs
In the second set, Jeske led the way with four kills, while Flannery along with sophomore Arianna Rehberg and freshman Anica Gebhard each had kills. Lemner notched three digs in the set, while Flannery and Rehberg each added a pair of digs.
The third set saw freshman Alex McMath record five kills to led the team, while Jeske picked up two kills in the set. Flannery added a kill and picked up a pair of aces during the final set. It was once again Lemner to lead the way with five digs in the defensive effort.
A full play-by-play of the match was not provided by the host institution.
Alverno vs. Randolph-Macon
In the second match of the day for the Inferno, the team took on Randolph-Macon. Alverno fell by the scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-14 to close out the afternoon.
Leading the way for Alverno during the match was McMath, who registered eight kills on the contest. Sophomore Neilee Newton tallied six kills, while both Rehberg and Flannery each put down five kills apiece.
Korn dished out 15 assists and added 10 digs for a double-double as she also added one kill on the match. Flannery led the defensive effort with 11 digs on the match, while Newton and Jeske combined for the team's lone assist.
Alverno kept the match close in the early stages of the opening set as Newton got the first point of the match followed by the block from Newton and Jeske. McMath and Newton added a pair of kills followed by another from Newton to make the score 6-5 in favor of the Yellow Jackets.
A service error by Randolph-Macon gave service back to the Inferno, but Alverno was unable to take advantage of service as the Yellow Jackets jumped ahead to a 19-11 advantage. Jeske notched an ace, before connecting on a kill to pull Alverno back within six, but it was not enough as Randolph-Macon took the opening set 25-19.
It was Alverno in the second set to take the early advantage at 4-0 behind kills from McMath and Flannery, while Korn notched a pair of aces. The lead swelled to 6-1 behind another pair of kills from McMath, but the Yellow Jackets refused to go down with ease before tying the set at 11.
Extended rallied for both sides ensued before Randolph-Macon opened up a 21-16 advantage before taking a two-set lead by finishing up with a 25-18 score in set two.
In the third set the Yellow Jackets started with back-to-back points before Rehberg put the Inferno on the board. McMath and Korn added kills in the ensuing rallied to keep Alverno within one at 5-4. Randolph-Macon added the next five points to open a six-point lead.
The Inferno got as close as four points midway through the set at 14-10 following a few attacking errors by the Yellow Jackets while Jeske, sophomore Atiya Mansfield and Rehberg all tallied kills.
The Inferno tried to fend off defeat late in the match, scoring four of the final six points but the comeback was not enough as Alverno fell 25-14 to drop the third and final set of the match.
Alverno (0-2) will return to action on Saturday morning at 8:30 am (Central Time), when the Inferno take on Widener. Later in the afternoon, the Inferno will square off with St. Mary's (Md.) to close out their trip to Virginia.