WATERTOWN, Wis. – The Alverno volleyball squad took on the Maranatha Sabercats for the second time this season, and fell to its host in three sets on Saturday afternoon inside MBU Gymnasium.
Three members of the Inferno each had at least seven kills as freshman Catie Flannery once again led the way with nine kills on the match. Senior Cailey Jeske and sophomore Arianna Rehberg both ended the three-set contest with seven kills apiece.
Sophomore Neilee Newton was able to round out the offensive attach with two kills in seven attacking attempts. Alverno had 23 assists on the match with 10 each coming from junior Sam Korn and freshman Alex McMath. The Inferno had two aces on the match with one each from Flannery and McMath.
Defensively it was Newton with a match-high 10 digs, while sophomore libero Morgan Lemner tallied eight on the afternoon. The Inferno had two blocks as a team on the contest with Jeske having a hand in both, with the other half of her two blocks coming from Korn and McMath.
Alverno dropped the opening set by a 25-12 margin and fell in the second by a 15-point spread at 25-10. The Inferno battled back in the third and forced an extra point as the Sabercats escaped with a 26-24 win to earn the three-set victory.
Maranatha took an 11-3 lead in the opening set and did not turn back earning the 25-12 win. The second set was similar as the Sabercats opened an 18-5 edge and propelled ahead to a second set win by a 25-10 score.
In the third it was the Inferno to take the early lead at 7-4 as Flannery picked up a kill and an ace, followed by kills from Jeske, Newton and Rehberg through the first 11 points of the set. Maranatha tied the set at seven, and opened up a lead of its own at 18-13.
Kills by Rehberg and Flannery pulled Alverno back within one at 18-17 before a pair of kills from Jeske evened the score at both 19 and 20. Alverno got one-point leads at its 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th points but were unable to string together a second consecutive point to put the set away. With Maranatha hanging around, the Sabercats were able to come back and score the 26-24 third set win to take the match in straight sets.
Alverno (2-22, 0-9 NACC) will get back to league play on Tuesday evening, when the Inferno visit the MSOE Raiders in Milwaukee for a 7 p.m. start.