ST. PAUL, Minn. - Jessa Youso (Sr./Virginia, Minn./Virginia) belted a career-best 20 kills for Carleton College volleyball, leading the Knights back from a one set deficit to beat Macalester College, 3-1. This was Carleton’s fourth straight victory as the Knights climbed to fourth in the conference standings.
Macalester (7-13, 0-4 MIAC) led for much of the opening set, but the Knights battled back and tied the score at 20-20 following consecutive kills by Sarah Nielsen (Sr./Altoona, Wis./Altoona) and Youso. The Scots broke away and went on to win, 25-23.
The Knights (14-4, 4-2 MIAC) enjoyed a small lead to begin the second set, but Macalester rallied to knot the game at 17-17. Camille Benson (Fy./Savage, Minn./Burnsville), with 21 digs on the day, displayed her presence in the Carleton backcourt, while Youso added five kills, including the game winner to give the Knights a 25-22 victory.
With the match tied at one set apiece, Carleton raced to a 12-3 lead in the third game. Youso tallied six more kills as the Knights and the Scots traded off points until a Nielsen kill clinched the third set 25-19 for Carleton.
Making use of two Benson aces, the Knights propelled themselves to an early 5-1 lead in the fourth set. Macalester recovered to tie the game. With the score knotted at 18-18, Youso popped off two clutch kills, closing out the set 25-21 and the match. It was Carleton’s eighth win in the last nine attempts.
The Knights accumulated a season-best 59 kills as a team. Karen Halls (So./Edina, Minn./Edina) contributed 10 kills and two blocks to the Carleton cause. Liz Groesbeck (So./Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) brought up 13 balls, while Alicia Flatt (So./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) had 12 digs of her own and 53 assists, which equaled her career high established earlier this season.
"Macalester played very well today,” said Carleton head coach Heidi Jaynes. “We started off slow but dug in and got our offense back on track after the first set. Sami Kemper stepped up her defense today, and Karen’s 10 kills gave our offense an extra boost. It as a long week with three away conference matches, so we are thrilled to end the week 3-0.”
The Knights step out of MIAC play to face Northwestern College in St. Paul on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in a 7 p.m. non-conference match.