Alverno Takes Second Set from Dominican, Falls in Four to Stars

Alverno Takes Second Set from Dominican, Falls in Four to Stars

RIVER FOREST, Ill. – The Alverno volleyball team visited conference opponent Dominican on Friday evening and fell in a four-set decision.

The Stars took the opening set of the night by a 25-12 score before Alverno evened the contest with a 27-25 win in the second set. Dominican took the next two sets to earn the four-set victory.

Freshman Catie Flannery had a match-high eight kills for the Inferno, while senior Cailey Jeske was one off of Flannery's pace as she collected seven kills. Freshman Alex McMath ended the night with four kills, while sophomore Neilee Newton picked up three on the match.

Junior Sam Korn collected a season-high 22 assists on the evening, while Flannery and sophomore Morgan Lemner each added two apiece. Alverno had five service aces as a team with Newton the only member of the team with multiple as she collected two on the night.

Defensively it was Lemner leading the way with 13 digs from her libero position, while Flannery had a double-double on the night with 10 digs on the defensive side of the ball. Flannery also had a match-high three blocks including the team's lone solo block of the night. Jeske also contributed on a pair of blocks for the Inferno.

After Alverno dropped the opening set by a 25-12 margin the team rebounded for a 27-25 win in the second. During the second set the Inferno trailed 6-4 but rallied behind a pair of kills from Flannery before two errors by the Stars gave Alverno an 8-6 lead.

The Inferno built an 18-12 lead as Jeske led the charge with two kills, coupled with kills from Newton and McMath, while Flannery, Jeske and Newton all had aces during the run to the lead. Dominican closed the gap and evened the set at 24 and again at 25. Two ensuing attacking errors by Dominican gave Alverno the set win, 27-25, to even the match at one set apiece.

The third set was close in the early stages as Alverno fought to keep it close; trailing 7-6 through the first 13 serves. The next six points went to Dominican, as Alverno was unable to keep up and fell by a 25-12 score.

The fourth set also ended in favor of the Stars as Dominican closed out the match with a fourth set win by a 25-7 margin.

Alverno (2-21, 0-8 NACC) will be back on the road tomorrow afternoon for a 1 p.m. start against Maranatha in Watertown, Wisconsin.