LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Alverno volleyball team had six players reach multiple kills on Tuesday evening, but the Inferno fell to the Lake Forest Foresters in four sets at the Sports & Recreation Center.
The Inferno won the opening set by a 26-24 score before dropping the next three, 25-17, 25-14, 25-14.
Leading the way in Alverno's offense attack was senior Cailey Jeske, who secured a match-high 13 kills on the night. Freshman Catie Flannery had seven kills, followed by sophomore Arianna Rehberg with five and rookie Alex McMath with four. Sophomore Neilee Newton had three kills, while junior Shaye Doyle had a pair of kills on the match.
Defensively the team had three players record at least 13 digs with Korn and Flannery each tallying 14 digs and Lemner adding 13 of her own. Flannery was credited with two blocks on the nigh, while McMath and Jeske were each awarded one apiece on the night.
In what has proved to become standard for the team, Alverno played an evenly matched opening set as neither side opened more than a three-point margin until Lake Forest took an 18-14 advantage. Alverno rattled off five unanswered points on kills by Doyle and Jeske to go along with the pair of aces by Lemner to give Alverno a 19-10 lead.
The teams continued to exchange the lead through the remainder of the set until it was tied at 24. Alverno took advantage of a pair of Forester miscues to take the opening set by a 26-24 score.
The Inferno were within one at 13-12 in the second set but Lake Forest rolled out an 8-2 run to pull ahead 21-14. Newton got a kill late in the set but the Foresters closed out the second set 25-17 to even the match at one set apiece.
The sides were close early on in the third set with Alverno trailing by just three at 16-13. Lake Forest connected on seven unanswered to pull away with a 10-point lead before polishing off the set to take a 2-1 lead.
Jeske and Flannery got Alverno off to a quick start in the fourth, before Jeske gave Alverno another kill for a 3-2 lead. After holding a 7-5 edge the Inferno dropped the next seven rallies and trailed 12-7 before dropping the set by a 25-14 score and the match three sets to one.
Alverno (1-8) will return home tomorrow evening to open up the home portion of its slate, while also beginning Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play against the Edgewood Eagles for a 7 p.m. start inside Reiman Gymnasium.