MILWAUKEE – The Alverno volleyball team opened the 2019 Milwaukee Invitational with a pair of straight-set losses to the Lake Forest Foresters and the Wheaton Thunder on Friday evening inside the Reiman Gymnasium.
Alverno was led offensively by freshman Kierra Sherlock, who tallied 15 kills in the opener against the Foresters and then added six more in the following match against Wheaton. Sherlock added one ace and 10 digs on the evening as a whole.
Junior Neilee Newton had 10 kills on the night with six in the opener followed by another four against Wheaton. Newton led the Inferno with four aces overall on the night as she tallied two in each match.
Sophomore Alex McMath had 33 assists on the afternoon as she secured 21 in the opener, while also adding seven digs overall. Junior Morgan Lemner led the defensive effort as she notched 19 digs on the evening with a dozen coming in the opener.
Senior Melanie Coffey had five kills on the night, while sophomore Isabelle Gemza had three kills in the opener. Freshman Kenzi Kaminski had one kill against the Thunder to round out the scoring for the Inferno.
Alverno vs. Lake Forest
Alverno fell behind early in the opening set by a 10-2 score, before mounting a comeback as Newton and Sherlock added kills coupled by a block by McMath and Newton to pull the Inferno back within four at 10-6. The Foresters expanded their lead to 21-9 before a service error gave back service to the Inferno, as kills by Gemza and Sherlock notched kills to get back within seven before the Foresters put away the set, 25-17.
The second set was closely contested in the early stages as the Inferno and Foresters were even through the first 22 points at 11-11. Along the way Alverno got kills from Coffey, McMath, Newton, and Sherlock to keep the score close. However, it was Lake Forest to rattle off an 8-0 run to pull away 19-11, before closing out the set 25-14.
In the third set, the Foresters rolled out to a 16-6 lead before going on to earn the sweep by a 25-15 score.
Alverno vs. Wheaton
Facing one of its toughest opponents on the schedule for 2019, the Inferno faced a tall order against the Thunder of Wheaton, as Alverno fell behind by a 16-5 score. McMath got a service ace to stem the tide for a brief moment, but Wheaton was able to use its height and speed to take the early one set lead by a 25-12.
In the second set the Inferno fell by a 25-13 score before the Thunder took the third by a similar 25-12 margin.
Alverno (0-5) will get right back to action tomorrow morning as the Inferno host the Benedictine Eagles in a non-conference bout at 10 a.m., followed by a match with Augustana at 2 p.m. In between, the Eagles and Vikings will play one another at 12 p.m. as part of the second day of the 2019 Milwaukee Invitational.