MILWAUKEE – The Alverno volleyball team made its long-awaited home debut on Wednesday evening taking on the Edgewood Eagles inside Reiman Gymnasium. The Inferno dropped its conference opener in straight sets, falling by the scores of 25-21, 25-15 and 25-16.
Alverno was led by freshman Catie Flannery with seven kills and 11 digs on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Senior Cailey Jeske had five kills, while freshman Alex McMath notched three kills on the night.
Junior Sam Korn dished out seven of the team's 16 assists, with McMath adding five to the team total. Sophomore Morgan Lemner along with Jeske and McMath each had solo aces on the night; while Jeske, sophomore Neilee Newton and classmate Arianna Rehberg each picked up a pair of blocks each on the match.
Alverno started out hot with the Inferno faithful behind the team, as the Inferno led 10-6 behind a kill from Newton. After a timeout by the Eagles, Edgewood rattled off a 4-1 run and pulled back within one at 11-10.
The Inferno regained a three-point lead behind a kill from Jeske to put Alverno up 14-11 but the Eagles continued to claw back and even the opening set at 14, 15, and 16 before taking a 17-16 advantage. The set was eventually tied at 21 before the Eagles closed out the stanza with four straight to take the opener.
In the second set, Edgewood jumped out to a 10-3 lead, which eventually swelled to a set-high 10-point lead at 22-12 before the Eagles closed out the second set 25-15.
Edgewood opened a 9-3 lead in the third that eventually turned into an 11-5 advantage. Alverno recorded the next two points including a kill from Rehberg, before Edgewood collected the next three. Alverno scored three more of its own behind a trio of Eagle errors, but it was not enough to overcome as Edgewood closed out the set 8-1 to pick up the straight-set victory.
Alverno (1-9, 0-1 NACC) will head out to St. Paul, Minnesota this Friday to begin competition in the Macalester Invitational. The slate of competition begins with Carleton at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon before the Inferno take on Grinnell later in the evening.