NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- Elissa Walter (Jr./Aspen, Colo./Aspen) collected a team-best eight kills and tied for the team lead with 12 digs as the Carleton College volleyball team won its third straight match. The Knights (13-7, 3-3 MIAC) swept Hamline University by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 27-25.
Walter, who played sparingly over the first 17 matches of the season has worked her way into the lineup and accumulated a career high in kills and was one off her career-best in digs.
Three other Knights joined Walter in double figures for digs. Becca Hobbs (So./Williams Bay, Wis.) joined Walter with a team-best 12, while Erin Anderson (Sr./Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) and Hannah Folz (Jr./Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) each contributed 10.
Claire Willeck (Fy./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) and Jessa Youso (Jr./Virginia, Minn./Virginia) each contributed seven kills to the Carleton attack. Alicia Flatt (Fy./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) paced the home team with 18 assists, while Folz added 11. Rachel Johnson (So./Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) figured in a Carleton-best five blocks.
Carleton hit just .143 on the evening, but limited a young Pipers squad (8-14, 0-5 MIAC) to a .115 clip.
“Our defense got us through the match tonight,” said Carleton head coach Heidi Jaynes. “Elissa Walter had an outstanding match and really played aggressively tonight. Becca and Erin also had great nights passing and picking up tips in the back row. Our outsides, Claire and Elissa, really stepped up tonight and did a great job of handling the pressure.”
The opening set was tied 18-18 when Anderson notched a back-row kill. Carleton would hold the lead for the remainder of the game. Tied 10-10 in the next set, the Knights used a mini 5-0 run to move in front for good. When Hamline closed to within 19-17, Carleton took a timeout, then ran off the next five points to close out the set.
The third-set thriller featured 16 ties and seven lead changes. The Knights trailed 24-23 when Youso knotted things up with a kill. Walter put the hosts in front, only to have Hamline tie the score one last time as Youso and Willeck finally closed the match with back-to-back kills.
Carleton will face a more veteran opponent on tomorrow morning as the Knights host their annual alumni match. The team returns to varsity competition on Wednesday, Oct. 12 when Carleton hosts conference co-leader Augsburg College for a 7 p.m. contest.