MILWAUKEE – On Saturday the Alverno volleyball team hosted the Benedictine Eagles for a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference contest inside Reiman Gymnasium and fell to its guest in four sets.
Alverno took the second set by a 25-19 score after falling by a 25-18 score in the opening set. Benedictine closed out the match with a 25-15 win in the third and 25-17 win in the fourth set to close out the match.
Leading the way for Alverno was sophomore Arianna Rehberg with 10 kills on the afternoon, tying her season-high. Freshman Catie Flannery added nine kills, while freshman Alex McMath had seven and senior Cailey Jeske notched six kills on the day.
Defensively is was Flannery to lead the way with 11 digs, while Lemner, Korn and McMath all registered eight digs over the four sets. Jeske had a hand in four of Alverno's six blocks on the night, while Flannery assisted on three, freshman Rachel Manselle tallied the team's lone solo assist as she also she also assisted on one.
Benedictine opened the first set with a 4-0 lead before the lead swelled to nine at 20-11. Alverno fought back behind kills from Jeske and sophomore Neilee Newton, while McMath also picked up an ace to cut the lead back down to five at 23-18. However it was not enough as the Eagles scored the final two points of the set to take the opener, 25-18.
With the momentum from late in the first set Alverno swung into the second set with a 6-0 lead behind strong service from McMath. The Inferno also got kills from Jeske and Flannery while building up the lead. The lead continued to hold for Alverno as Rehberg notched a kill to give the Inferno a 22-17 lead before Benedictine tallied the next two points.
After earning service back on a service error by the Eagles, Rehberg and McMath notched the final two kills of the set to even the score at one set apiece.
In the third set Alverno was even through the first eight points at 4-4, however the Eagles tallied the next five points to put distance ahead of the Inferno. Alverno had a short 3-1 burst late in the set to trim the deficit to 22-15 but it was not enough as the Eagles took the set 25-15.
The fourth set was also tied at four in the early stages before the Inferno took a one-point lead on a service error by Benedictine. The Eagles wrestled the lead back at 11-7 before Flannery got a kill and McMath notched an ace to get Alverno back within two. The Inferno trailed at 19-15 before Flannery notched another kill, before Benedictine closed out the set 6-1 late in the period.
Alverno (2-20, 0-8 NACC) will be back in action this Friday, when the Inferno visit the Dominican Stars for a conference matchup beginning at 7 p.m.