SAINT PAUL, Minn.— Karen Halls (Jr./Edina, Minn./Edina) claimed a team-best 13 kills and added four blocks and an ace, but the Carleton College volleyball team dropped a hard fought three-set match to Macalester College in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Friday evening.
The two teams engaged in spirited play throughout the match and treated fans to a number of long rallies. Carleton (9-8, 0-5 MIAC) staked out an early three point lead midway through the first set at 13-10 behind back to back kills from Halls and Caroline Duke (Fy./Evanston, Ill./Evanston). Macalester (11-9, 2-3 MIAC) answered with a mini-run of its own to build a 22-17 lead. A Macalester service error followed by a block by Duke and Rachel Johnson (Sr./Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) pulled the Knights closer at 22-19, but Macalester went on to win three out of the final four points to close the set out at 25-20.
The Scots jumped out to a five-point lead in the second set at18-13, despite Halls’ five kills during that stretch. The Knights would not go away quietly, as an inspired Carleton effort led by Lexi Papke (So./Strum, Wis./Regis) tied the set up at 19. Papke had two of her six kills during the backend of the set and finished the night with six kills and hitting an impressive .545. The Knights could not carry the momentum any further however, as Macalester went on to take the set 25-21.
After scoring runs by the Scots in the first and second sets, the Knights answered with a run of their own during the third set. Carleton reeled off seven straight points, eventually taking a 17-10 lead. The freshman tandem of Patricia Hare (Fy./Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) and Duke accounted for five of the Knights’ kills during the set. Macalester roared back however, chipping away at the deficit until things were all tied up at 23-23. Carleton had two set points after that, but could not convert as the Scots took the set 29-27 and the match in straight sets.
Duke claimed a team-high 13 assists and added six digs and six kills, while teammate Alicia Flatt (Jr./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) added 11 assists and 12 digs. Papke added six kills, while Johnson chipped in five kills and a block.
Laura Avena led the Scots with 18 kills and 13 digs.
The Knights are off until Wednesday evening when they return home to face Saint Catherine University at West Gym. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and a live audio and video feed will be carried on Knights Online.