MILWAUKEE – The Alverno volleyball team traveled to nearby Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) on Tuesday evening and took on the host Raiders in the newly renamed Hotchkin Arena on the MSOE campus.
Alverno forced extra serves in the opening set, falling by a 27-25 score before another closed two-point set took place in the second set with MSOE hanging on for a 25-23 win. The third set also went in favor of the Raiders as MSOE swept the match with a 25-16 win in the third.
It was sophomore Neilee Newton leading the way on offense with a team-best seven kills on the night, while classmate Arianna Rehberg was second on the team with six kills. Freshman Catie Flannery had five kills, followed by senior Cailey Jeske and freshman Alex McMath with four apiece. Freshman Rachel Manselle tallied a pair of kills as well.
In terms of passing it was McMath to lead the way with a match-high 13 assists, while junior Sam Korn registered 11 assists on the night. Alverno also had seven service aces as it was Korn and sophomore Morgan Lemner leading the way with two apiece.
Defensively Alverno had five blocks on the night including a solo block by Newton, while she also had a hand in two others. Rehberg assisted on three blocks, while three others from the Inferno were also credited with half assists. Newton also had a match-high 12 digs on the evening, while Lemner and McMath both chipped in with eight on the night.
Alverno took the early lead in the opening set before a kill from Rehberg and an ace from Lemner got Alverno back within two. McMath notched an ace followed by a Flannery kill to even the score at eight. The score was tied on several occasions through the ensuing rallies before Flannery gave Alverno a 17-16 advantage.
The Inferno held single-point leads late in the set and took a two-point lead at 23-21 on an ace from Korn. However, MSOE scored the next two points to even the score and eventually escaped with the 27-25 win to take the opening set.
The second set was even through the first 10 points before a series of points went in favor of Alverno including an ace from Lemner, and both a kill and an ace from Flannery put the Inferno ahead 11-7. The Raiders scored the next seven to take a three-point lead before Alverno got back on the boars spearheaded by a kill from Newton.
Manselle registered a kill late in the set to knot the score at 21 before another kill from Newton gave Alverno the advantage. After the Raiders tied the score it was Jeske to put down a kill to put Alverno up 23-22. However, MSOE sealed the set with the final three points to give the Raiders the 2-0 set lead.
The third set was tied on 10 separate occasions through the first 24 points of the set before MSOE rattled off five unanswered points to take a 17-12 lead. McMath put an end to the run with a kill of her own as Alverno clawed back to trail by four at 19-15. The Raiders were able to close out the set on a 6-1 run to cap off the night with the three-set victory.
Alverno (2-23, 0-9 NACC) will return home for the final time this season as the Inferno host conference newcomer Illinois Tech at 7 p.m. inside Reiman Gymnasium on Friday evening.