NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Seniors Karen Halls (Edina, Minn./Edina) and Claire Willeck (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) tallied 21 and 15 kills respectively as the Carleton College volleyball team went 1-1 on the first day of competition during the 2014 campaign. The Knights dropped the opener 3-1 to University of Wisconsin-Stout, then bounced back to sweep Bethany Lutheran, 3-0, in the nightcap.
The day’s first match was tied at a set apiece until UW-Stout ran off the final five points of the second set. A 9-1 run by the Blue Devils midway though the fourth set sparked UW-Stout to the victory. Halls finished with 13 kills in the opener. Libero Camille Benson (Jr./Savage, Minn./Burnsville) registered a match-high 34 digs.
After hitting only .027 in the opener, the Knights looked crisper in their second match, posting a .344 attack percentage. The improvement could have been partly due to Carleton playing in a more-familiar setting. The contest was shifted to the Knights’ home court at West Gym due to issues with the playing surface at St. Olaf’s Skoglund Center.
Carleton jumped out to big leads in each match and cruised to the three-set victory. Willeck hit .400 for the match, collecting 10 kills. Caroline Duke (So./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) chipped in seven kills and matched Alicia Flatt (Sr./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) for the team lead with 17 assists. Benson picked up 20 more digs to lead a defense that held the Vikings to a -.068 hitting percentage.
Day two of the St. Olaf-Carleton tournament was already scheduled to be played at West Gym. The Knights will face Martin Luther College at 2 p.m. followed immediately by a contest versus Crown College.