Volleyball Edged in Matchup with Aurora to Kick Off Homecoming Weekend

Sophomore Neilee Newton had a strong all-around game with a team-best six kills and 10 digs.
Sophomore Neilee Newton had a strong all-around game with a team-best six kills and 10 digs.

MILWAUKEE – The Alverno volleyball team hosted Aurora on Friday evening inside Reiman Gymnasium, the Inferno fell in three sets to the Spartans dropping the sets by the scores of 25-23, 25-17, and 25-12.

Leading the way for the Inferno was sophomore Neilee Newton with six kills on the night, while senior Cailey Jeske and freshman Catie Flannery each recorded five kills apiece. Sophomore Arianna Rehberg tallied four kills, while freshman Alex McMath had one on the night.

McMath led the team with 11 assists, while junior Sam Korn added five of her own. Flannery added three assists to go along with four digs on the match. Newton led the Inferno with 10 digs, while Korn and sophomore Morgan Lemner had nine apiece. McMath had seven digs, while also tallying Alverno's only solo block on the night. Rehberg, Flannery, Jeske and freshman Rachel Manselle were all credited with assisted blocks.

Alverno held an early lead in the opening set at Flannery collected a kill as did Jeske and Newton to put the Inferno ahead 6-4. After trailing by one at 7-6, three errors by the Spartans gave the Inferno a 9-7 advantage. The two sides remained evenly contested as Rehberg connected on a kill to even the opening set at 20.

The Inferno took a two-point lead behind several errors by the Spartans, but Aurora evened the score at 23 before the Spartans collected the final two points to take the opening set 25-23.

The second set saw Aurora open up a 10-4 lead in the early stages, which proved to be the lead Aurora needed as the Spartans kept the Inferno at a similar deficit, which included a 22-16 score as Flannery picked up a late kill. Aurora closed out the second set on a 3-1 run to take the stanza by eight.

Aurora opened up a quick 3-0 lead before Rehberg and Flannery combined on a block to give Alverno its first point. The Inferno closed the gap to one as Flannery connected on a kill while two errors by the Spartans pulled Alverno within a 6-5 score. Aurora connected on five unanswered, before a kill from Newton put an end to the Spartan run at 11-6.

After exchanging a series of points the Inferno trailed by 11 before McMath registered a kill along with an ace to get Alverno within single digits at 20-11. After three points by Aurora, Flannery notched one final kill before the Spartans closed out the set with the final two points.

Alverno (2-19, 0-7 NACC) will get right back to action tomorrow morning, when the Inferno host the Benedictine Eagles for an 11 a.m. start inside Reiman Gymnasium.