NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College volleyball team returned home to West Gym for the first time in nearly two weeks, only to suffer an sweep at the hands of the College of Saint Benedict. The loss snapped the Knights’ five-match conference win streak lasting one month. But Carleton stays in a tie for third place in the conference. Seniors Jessa Youso (Virginia, Minn./Virginia) and Sarah Nielsen (Altoona, Wis./Altoona) led the Knights with nine kills apiece.
The opening set started out even up to 9-9 when the Blazers (23-4, 7-1 MIAC) went on a 9-3 run. Carleton (16-7, 5-3 MIAC) could not recover from the deficit and dropped the first game 25-15.
St. Benedict blazed to a 10-3 lead to start the next game. From there the Knights never reached within five points and lost the second set 25-16.
After falling into an early 8-3 deficit in the third, Carleton rallied back and took a 15-12 lead. St. Ben’s went on a mini 6-2 spurt, but propelled by five Karen Halls (So./Edina, Minn./Edina) kills in the set, the Knights stayed close. With Carleton leading 22-21, the Blazres seized the next four points to clinch the set to secure their 11th consecutive victory.
Carleton libero Camille Benson (Fy./Savage, Minn./Burnsville) paced both teams with 20 digs and added four assists. Alicia Flatt (So./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) had a team-best 24 assists. Halls finished with seven kills
Lexi Alm, the MIAC’s leader in kills, tallied a dozen on the evening to lead the Blazers. She added 10 digs.
Carleton has another key conference battle tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 20, when it hosts Concordia College at 3 p.m. Both teams are regionally ranked by the NCAA and sit in a tie—along with Bethel—for third place in the MIAC. Live video and live statistics will be available at Knights Online.