MILWAUKEE – The Alverno volleyball team took part in a pair of conference matches this past weekend competing against the Concordia Wisconsin Falcons on Friday and the Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors on Saturday afternoon.
The Inferno were unable to record a set win in either match, falling by identical scores of 3-0.
Alverno vs. Concordia Wisconsin
On Friday evening in Mequon, the Inferno took on league-favorite Concordia Wisconsin. The Inferno were able to hang with the Falcons in the second set falling by a 25-21 score, but were unable to take a set. Alverno fell in the opening stanza by a 25-14 score and by a 25-12 score in the third.
Leading the way for Alverno was senior Cailey Jeske, who had six kills and also had one of the team's two service aces on the day. Freshman Alex McMath was second on the team with four kills and was also second on the team with six assists. Junior Sam Korn led the team with seven assists, and also added two digs.
Both sophomore Neilee Newton and freshman Catie Flannery had three kills apiece, while Newton had six digs on the night with Flannery adding five. Sophomore libero Morgan Lemner had 12 digs on the evening to lead the way defensively.
The Inferno hung close with the Falcons in the early stages of the opening set and held a 6-5 lead off of an error by Concordia Wisconsin. The Falcons evened the set at six before Alverno tied it at seven. An 8-2 Concordia Wisconsin run put the set out of reach for Alverno before the Falcons closed it out on a 6-1 rally.
In the second set Concordia Wisconsin pulled ahead 5-1 before Alverno chipped back at the deficit which including kills by both Jeske and Newton. The Inferno got the lead at 7-6 but were unable to hold it as the Falcons wrestled the lead back at 8-7. With Concordia Wisconsin leading at 14-13, the Falcons then connected on the next three before Alverno fought back behind an ace and kill by Jeske putting the Inferno back within one at 18-19. Alverno was unable to get back within one following that point as the Falcons escaped with a 25-21 win.
The third set saw Concordia Wisconsin open with 16 of the period's first 20 points at a 16-4 lead. The lead ultimately swelled to 25-12 as the Falcons powered their way to a third-set win to pick up the sweep.
Alverno vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
On Saturday, Alverno followed up its match with a bout against nearby foe Wisconsin Lutheran in the afternoon. The Warriors swept the match by the set scores of 25-13, 25-17, 25-23 as Alverno got closer to set wins as the match moved along.
Flannery led Alverno with 10 kills on the day with Jeske second on the team with six kills. Sophomore Arianna Rehberg had five kills, while Jeske tallied six kills on the afternoon. Korn led the Inferno with 13 assists, while McMath notched seven and sophomore Atiya Mansfield at five assists.
Four players had at least five digs on the defensive side of the ball with Newton leading the way with seven on the match. The Inferno had four combined blocks against the Warriors, led by Rehberg with a hand in three of them.
Alverno and Wisconsin Lutheran were even in the first segment of the first set as neither side had more than a two-point advantage until the Warriors opened up an 11-8 lead. The lead continued to grow for Wisconsin Lutheran as the opened a 23-11 lead before closing out the set 25-13.
In the second set the score was also close early on as the Inferno got kills from McMath, Flannery, Jeske and freshman Rachel Manselle as Alverno trailed 9-7. The Warriors then went on a lengthy run and pulled ahead 19-11 before holding a 23-13 advantage. Rehberg got a kill followed by Newton and a service ace by Korn to get the Inferno back within six. However Wisconsin Lutheran closed out the set with the last two.
The third set saw Alverno jump out to an early lead at 7-3 as Newton got the ball rolling with an ace, Rehberg, Flannery, Mansfield all registered kill. The Warriors fought back into the set got within two at 12-10, before Alverno went on an 8-1 run to take a commanding 20-11 lead. The Warriors then surged back into the lead with an 11-1 run to take a 22-21 advantage before closing out the set 25-23.
Alverno (2-17, 0-5 NACC) returns home on Tuesday to take on Marian for a 7 p.m. start against the Sabres inside Reiman Gymnasium.