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Result: W 3-0 (25-23, 25-10, 26-24)

Volleyball hosts UW-Superior

Friday, September 15th, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights Dispatch Yellowjackets in Straight Sets

By Oliver Wolyniec
Faith Skinner, Abby Loe, and Lucy Stevens
Faith Skinner, Abby Loe, and Lucy Stevens
Photo: Nathan Klok

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – On a clear mid-September evening in Northfield, the Carleton College volleyball team dismantled visiting University of Wisconsin-Superior in three sets (25-23, 25-10, 26-24) at West Gymnasium.

The Knights (3-5) and the Yellowjackets fought back and forth for the majority of the opening set until the score reached a pivotal 18-18 tally. Superior (5-6) reeled off three straight points and eventually forced Carleton to call a timeout at 23-20. The Knights proceeded to capture the next five points, highlighted by a solo block and a powerful kill from Lucy Stevens (Sr./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School), to claim the set by a 25-23 tally.

Carleton hauled its momentum from the closing stages of the first into the second. The Knights dominated affairs all the way through, reaching leads of 10-3 and 18-5 en route to a 25-10 set victory to take a decisive 2-0 match lead.

The beginning stages of the third set looked a bit more like the first, with the two teams locked in a seesawing battle. After a 15-15 gridlock, the Knights quickly laid claim to the next two points to force a Yellowjacket timeout. Regrouping rapidly was Superior, who took five of the next six points (20-18) to force another timeout, this one belonging to the Knights. And then the pendulum swung back toward Carleton, who won four of the following five points to retake the lead and balance the score at 22-21. The Knights eventually went on to win the set by a score of 26-24 as well as the match.

Carleton hit a season-best .292 versus .032 for UW-Superior.

Stevens paced the offensive attack with a match-high 13 kills, while hitting .684. Abby Loe (Fy./Apple Valley, Minn.) wasn’t far behind, totaling 11 kills and adding 12 digs. Rookie Lauren Pak (Fy./Moraga, Calif/Campolindo) took on the role of facilitator with a match-best 36 assists.

Next up for the Knights is an away conference-opening matchup against nationally-ranked MIAC foe Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter. A live audio and video broadcast will be made available via Knights Online.