ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – Jessa Youso (Jr./Virginia, Minn./Virginia) had nine kills to pace the Carleton College volleyball team, but the Knights were unable to keep up with the College of Saint Benedict, absorbing a 25-19, 25-16, and 25-13 setback.
The Blazers (16-9, 7-1 MIAC) hit .360 as a team, including a blistering .556 clip during the final set and take over the top spot in the MIAC standings. Meanwhile, Carleton (13-9, 3-5 MIAC) posted just a .075 attack percentage tonight.
“We started off hot,” said Carleton head coach Heidi Jaynes, “but were struggled to stay consistent.”
Things looked promising for the Knights as they led the opener, 18-14, after a kill by Claire Willeck (Fy./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie). Despite a pair of Carleton timeouts to try and change the momentum, the Blazer offense erupted with St. Ben’s closing on an 11-1 run to take the first set.
Carleton trailed much of the second set but battled back and knotted the score at 14-14 following a Youso kill. Unfortunately, the hosts got hot once again and closed on a major run, this one an 11-2 spurt.
By the third set, momentum was squarely with the Blazers. They grabbed an early 10-4 advantage on the scoreboard and never looked back, recording 16 kills and just one attack error in the set.
Sarah Nielsen (Jr./Altoona, Wis./Altoona) led Carleton in hitting percentage, with six kills on eight attempts (.750). Five Blazers recorded seven or more kills with four of them posting hitting percentage above .340.
The loss was the second straight for Carleton, which faces another stiff challenge on Saturday, Oct. 22 when the Knights travel to national No. 9 Concordia College-Moorhead.