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Result: L 0-3 (17-25, 21-25, 20-25)

Volleyball at Gustavus Adolphus College

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at St Peter, Minn. - Gus Young Court

Knights open up conference play against 10th-ranked Gusties

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Lauren Pak
Lauren Pak
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

ST. PETER, Minn. – The Carleton College volleyball team hit the road for its first match of the MIAC season but unfortunately fell short against nationally-ranked (No. 10) Gustavus Adolphus College (25-17, 25-22, 25-20) on Wednesday evening in Saint Peter.

Early on in the introductory set, the Knights (3-6, 0-1 MIAC) kept pace with the dynamic Gusties, fighting back and forth in the important hunt for an initial edge. It was the dominant defensive play of Gustavus (13-1, 2-0), however, that eventually won out, as the home squad strung together several impressive runs on its way to a 25-17 first set victory, despite some late resistance from Carleton.

The Knights seemed to switch gears in the following set, determinedly battling the Gusties for a lead throughout most of the frame. The score eventually reached a pivotal 19-19 tally before Gustavus reeled off two straight points to force a Carleton timeout. The hosts went on to take a commanding two-set lead with a 25-22 triumph in the second.

Not to be deterred were the Knights, however. Much like the previous set, Carleton kept up with and even led the Gusties at several points throughout the third. Again, however, Gustavus utilized its remarkable talent and a noticeably deep bench to grab hold of the lead late and outlast a resilient Carleton team. The home team eventually took the third set, 25-20, as well as the match.

“Playing on the road to open up MIAC play, we battled but couldn't slow down the offensive firepower of the Gusties at the end of each set,” remarked Carleton head coach Heidi Jaynes. “We put together some strong stretches throughout the match but needed to capitalize on the opportunities we had to close out the set.”

Abby Loe (FY./Apple Valley, Minn.) paced the Carleton offensive attack with a team-high eight kills. Fellow first-year Lauren Pak (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo) dished out 14 assists and added 12 digs, while Katherine Miles (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) and Lucy Stevens (Sr./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School) collected four blocks each. 

The Knights have no choice but to regroup quickly, as they travel to St. Paul on Friday night for another tough matchup against the University of St. Thomas. A live audio and video broadcast will be made available via Knights Online.