RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The Alverno volleyball team fell in a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon, competing in a conference matchup with Concordia Chicago and a non-conference tilt with Lake Forest. The Inferno fell by 3-0 scores in both matches.
Alverno on the day was led by senior Cailey Jeske, who tallied 20 kills on the day and hit .390 on the afternoon. Sophomore Arianna Rehberg notched nine kills, while junior Shaye Doyle and freshmen Alex McMath and Catie Flannery all put down four kills on the afternoon.
Leading the way for assists were junior Sam Korn and sophomore Atiya Mansfield with a dozen assists apiece, while McMath added 10 of her own. Jeske, McMath and sophomore Morgan Lemner each had one kill on the day.
Defensively Alverno was led by McMath with 22 digs, while Lemner added 14 from the Libero position. Jeske and Rehberg were each tied for the team lead with four blocks each.
Alverno vs. Concordia Chicago
The Inferno opened the day with a conference tilt against Concordia Chicago and fell by the scores of 25-17, 25-18, and 25-21.
Jeske had 12 of her 20 kills against the Cougars, while Rehberg had six of her kills in the opener. Korn and Mansfield each had 11 assists, while Lemner led with 10 digs.Alverno fell behind by a pair at 9-7 in the opening set, before Concordia Chicago connected on the next four points to take a six-point advantage. The Cougars continued to pull away and led 20-11 before Flannery connected on a kill followed by an ace by McMath.
The Inferno continued to pull closer on an attacking error by Concordia Chicago and a kill from Jeske as Alverno pulled back within five at 20-15. The next four points were scored by the Cougars, before the home team went on to win the set 25-17.
In the second set Concordia Chicago pulled away early with an 8-2 edge before the lead swelled to 10 at 17-7. Jeske and Mansfield connected on back-to-back kills to pull Alverno back within seven, before the Inferno chipped the lead to five at 22-17. It was too late of a comeback attempt as the Cougars took the set by seven.
The third set was similar to the second as Concordia Chicago took a 7-3 lead, Alverno chipped back on a kill by Jeske and an attacking error by the Cougars to get back within two at 7-5. The Inferno evened the set at nine on a kill by Doyle, and again at 10 on a kill by Rehberg.
Alverno continued to keep the set tight as Jeske spiked Alverno within one at 17-16 as play progressed. The Inferno kept it close but did not have enough to get in front as the Cougars held on for the 25-21 win in the third set to pick up the sweep.
Alverno vs. Lake Forest
In the team's second match of the day Alverno took on Lake Forest for the second time this season and fell in straight sets by the scores of 25-11, 25-11, and 25-17.
Jeske had eight kills to lead the offense, while McMath had a team-best 10 assists, and 10 digs. Jeske and Rehberg had two blocks apiece in the match.
Alverno took the opening two points in the first set before Lake Forest evened the score at two before Alverno returned the favor and tied it at three. A 7-1 run by Lake Forest gave the Foresters a 10-4 advantage before the Inferno tried to slam on the brakes and keep the score at six at 14-8. The next seven were scored by Lake Forest as the Foresters cruised to a 25-11 win.
In the second set Lake Forest continued to use its momentum to a 10-3 lead. Alverno scored the next three on errors by the Foresters, and continued to stay within five at 13-8. An 8-0 rally by the Foresters put the set out of reach at 23-10 before Lake Forest closed it out 25-11.
The third set saw Alverno hang close in the early going as the Inferno trailed by just three at 11-8. A 9-5 run by Lake Forest pushed the lead ahead to 20-13, before the sides exchanged the next series of services. With Lake Forest leading at 23-17, the Foresters connected on the final two points to take the set and the match for the 3-0 victory.
Alverno (2-15, 0-3 NACC) will be back in action on Friday evening, when the team visits Concordia Wisconsin for a 7 p.m. start in Mequon.