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Knights Dealt Defeat by Royal Flush

September 23, 2011 at 9:18 pm

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The Carleton College volleyball team (10-5, 1-2 MIAC) absorbed its second straight setback, dropping a three-set match at Bethel University (11-4, 3-0 MIAC) on Friday night. Over the last three days, the Knights lost road contests against the two squads tied atop the MIAC standings, the University of St. Thomas and now the Royals.

Similar to Wednesday’s defeat, Knights fell behind early and were never able to get on track.

Bethel jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the opener and cruised to a 25-14 triumph. It was a Royal 8-0 spurt that changed the momentum early in the second set with the hosts going on to post a 25-17 victory. In the final set, Bethel scored the first seven points and raced to a 15-3 lead, eventually closing out the match by a 25-10 score.

Juniors Sarah Nielsen (Altoona, Wis./Altoona) and Jessa Youso (Virginia, Minn./Virginia) paced Carleton with seven kills each. Sami Kemper (So./Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) contributed a season-best six kills.

Senior libero Erin Anderson (Bloomington, Minn./Kennedy) collected a match-high 16 digs. Setter Alicia Flatt (Fy./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) dished out 20 assists and added 12 digs.

Bethel was sixth in the conference coaches pre-season rankings, but the Royals are off to a solid start in MIAC play after defeating previously nationally-ranked St. Olaf College, No. 10 Concordia College-Moorhead, and now Carleton. The Royals were led this evening by Amy Werner’s 16-kill effort.

The Knights open a six-match homestand on Wednesday, Sept. 28 against Gustavus Adolphus College.