NORTHFIELD, Minn.— Karen Halls (Jr./Edina, Minn./Edina) and Sami Kemper (Sr./Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) each recorded a team-best eight kills, while defensive specialist Camille Benson (So./Savage, Minn./Burnsville) claimed a match-best 20 digs, but the Carleton College volleyball team dropped a hard fought three-set match to Concordia College in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Friday evening.
Carleton (9-7, 0-3 MIAC) hung tough against the Cobbers (11-2, 3-0 MIAC) through the majority of the match, and had two set point opportunities in the opening set. After the two teams traded points in the opening portion of the first set, the Knights began to pull away and led by three points at 20-17 on the heels of a block by Caroline Duke (Fy./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) and Rachel Johnson (Sr./Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury). The Cobbers fought back to tie the score at 25-25, snuffing out two set-point opportunities by Carleton in the process, and eventually went on to earn a hard fought 27-25 win in the set.
The Knights responded by opening up a quick lead in the second set, but could not carry the momentum through the game, as Concordia used a 5-1 midway through the set to earn a 19-13 advantage and eventually went on to win the set by a score of 25-17.
Carleton kept things close through most of the third set, but ultimately fell by a score of 25-16.
Duke claimed a team-high 13 assists and added six digs and six kills, while teammate Alicia Flatt (Jr./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) added 12 assists and nine digs. Halls claimed a team-high four blocks as well.
The Knights are off until Wednesday evening when they travel to Winona, Minn. to face Saint Mary’s University. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.