MILWAUKEE – The Alverno volleyball team wrapped up its weekend of events as the team took part in the second and final day at the MSOE Invitational. The Inferno fell to UW-River Falls in the opening match three sets to one, before dropping a straight-set decision to Maranatha.
Alverno fell in the opening two sets, 25-20 and 25-14, before taking the third against UW-River Falls 26-24. Ultimately it was the Falcons coming out on top with a 25-15 victory in the fourth set to take the match. Later in the day against Maranatha, the Inferno fell by the scores of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-19.
Senior Cailey Jeske led the team on the day with 26 kills between the two matches, while also adding three services aces. Freshman Catie Flannery added 16 kills and also led the team with 34 digs on the afternoon.
Alverno vs. UW-River Falls
In the four-set match with the Falcons, it was Jeske to lead the way with 14 kills, while Flannery had nine kills and 24 digs against the ferocious Falcon attack. Lemner had 21 digs, while Korn had 19 of her 30 assists on the day in the opener.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair through the first eight points before River Falls opened up a six-point advantage at 18-12. Alverno chipped back at the deficit at Flannery got the momentum back with a kill off a Mansfield pass before several Falcon miscues and an ace from Newton got the Inferno back within two at 22-20. River Falls took the final three points and the opening set by five.
In the second set Alverno kept close with its opponent again in the early stages as a Jeske kill evened the score at four. After River Falls jumped ahead by five at 10-5, Flannery and Newton registered kills to pull Alverno within four at 11-7. River Falls netted the next six and ran away late for the 25-14 set win.
After River Falls got out to a 3-0 lead in the third set, Alverno stormed back with five of the next six points, which included an ace by Newton and kills from both Flannery and freshman Rachel Manselle. River Falls regained some breathing room at 13-8, but Alverno took advantage of some Falcon misplays to pull back within one.
The Inferno fought back to even the score at 19, and then took a 20-19 lead on an attacking error by River Falls. Flannery and Jeske had key kills late in the set to keep the Inferno ahead by one before the Falcons tied the set at 24. The connection of Korn to Jeske finished off the set as Alverno took the stanza by a 26-24 margin.
The fourth set once again proved to be close as the set was tied at 11 before River Falls scored the next five to take a 16-11 edge. The Inferno were only able to get back within four at 17-13 before the Falcons finished off the set on an 8-2 rally to take the match three sets to one.
Alverno vs. Maranatha
In a matchup of former conference foes the Inferno and Sabercats locked up for another tilt in the first of two meetings this season.
Jeske led the offensive attack with 12 kills, while Flannery added seven and Newton had three. Korn and Mansfield split the assist lead with 11 apiece, while Jeske led the team with three aces as Newton added two of her own.
Three players led the defensive effort as Lemner, Korn and Flannery each had 10 digs apiece. Alverno had three blocks on the day with Jeske having a hand in all three, splitting the third with freshman Alex McMath.
Alverno fell behind in the opening set by a 10-2 margin and was unable to recover as the Sabercats closed out the set on a 9-2 run to pick up the 25-12 victory.
In the second set, strong service by Newton got the Inferno off to a quick 4-0 start that eventually swelled to a 7-2 lead on a kill by Flannery. The lead dissipated though as Maranatha evented the set at nine before the Sabercats went on a 10-2 run to open a 19-11 lead. Jeske got three aces during the next service for Alverno to help pull Alverno back within three at 19-16 but the lead proved to be just too much to overcome as Maranatha escaped 25-18.
The third set was balanced in the opening stages as neither side took more than a two-point lead until a few Inferno miscues gave Maranatha a 12-8 lead. However, Alverno fought back including a kill by Newton, ace by Lemner and kill by Jeske to put the Inferno back in front 13-12. After the set was tied at 15, Maranatha went on an 8-0 run and did not turn back as the Sabercats took the set 25-19.
Alverno (1-7) will return to action on Tuesday evening, when the team travels to Lake Forest in Illinois for a non-conference tilt on Tuesday evening at the Lake Forest Sports and Recreation Center at 7 p.m.