SAINT PAUL, Minn.— Sami Kemper (Sr./Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) and Karen Halls (Jr./Edina, Minn./Edina) each claimed a team-best six kills, but the Carleton College volleyball team was unable to overcome a strong effort by the No. 4-ranked University of St. Thomas in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action Wednesday evening. The Knights fell in three sets, 25-17, 25-12, 25-8.
Carleton (11-13 overall, 0-9 MIAC) hung with the Tommies (23-2 overall, 8-1 MIAC) through the first set, and pulled within three points at 12-9 after an Ellie Schmidt (Sr./Denver, Colo./East) kill. The Tommies extended the lead to 20-14, but Carleton would not go quietly as a kill by Kemper, followed by a block by Schmidt and Rachel Johnson (Sr./Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) pulled the Knights to within four at 20-16. Carleton would get no closer however, as the Tommies won five of the following six points to earn the 25-17 win.
St. Thomas carried the momentum into the ensuing two sets en route to their 16th three-set sweep of the season.
Camille Benson (So./Savage, Minn./Burnsville) paced the Knights defense with a match-best 12 digs, while teammate Caroline Duke (Fy./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) added a team-high 14 assists to go along with five digs and three kills. Johnson added five kills and two blocks
Jill Greenfield led the Tommie offensive attack with 11 kills and eight digs.
Carleton will return home this weekend, as the Knights are set to face cross-town rival St. Olaf Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Knights online will provide an audio and video broadcast of the match.