NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Claire Willeck (Fy./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) matched her second-highest total of the season with eight kills, but the Carleton College volleyball team was swept by visiting Gustavus Adolphus College, 3-0. As a team the Knights hit just .030 compared to .278 for the Gusties.
Carleton built a 16-12 lead in the opener, but Gustavus went on an 8-1 spurt to shift momentum in the set, and possibly the match. The visitors went on to win 25-20.
The Knights held a slim 12-11 advantage in the second set, but the Gusties took advantage of a quintet of Carleton attack errors to put together a mini 6-0 run. The hosts would get no closer than four points the rest of the set.
Willeck’s second-to-last kill of the match made the score 10-10 in the third set. Gustavus eliminated any hopes of a Carleton rally by closing the match on a 15-6 run.
“I thought we let them into the match at the end of the first set and didn’t adjust well after that,” said Carleton head coach Heidi Jaynes. “Gustavus played well, and we didn’t capitalize when the opportunities were there.”
Sarah Nielsen (Jr./Altoona, Wis./Altoona) was second on the Knights, collecting six kills. Other statistical leaders included Alicia Flatt (Fy./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) with 21 kills, Erin Anderson (Sr./Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) and Ellie Schmidt (So./Denver, Colo./East) with 11 digs.
Angela Ahrendt had a match-high 10 kills for Gustavus, which say nine more from Jessica Grill and Emily Phillips. That trio helped the Gusties tally eight blocks.
Carleton will look to re-group as the Knights host a triangular with Buena Vista University and University of Wisconsin-Stout on Saturday, Oct. 1. The Carleton-BVU match is at 10 a.m. with the contest against UW-Stout at 2 p.m. In between, the two visiting teams line up for a 12 p.m. contest.