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Result: L 0-3 (12-25, 24-26, 17-25)

Volleyball hosts College of Saint Benedict

Saturday, September 30th, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights Fall in Three to Blazers

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Elyze Wanzenried
Elyze Wanzenried
Photo: JP Beaty '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Less than 24 hours after it picked up an impressive victory over the Cobbers of Concordia, the Carleton College volleyball team suffered a setback at the hands of the College of Saint Benedict in three sets (25-12, 26-24, 25-17) on Saturday afternoon at West Gymnasium.

The Blazers (9-6, 4-1 MIAC) got off to a hot start in the opening set, quickly reaching lopsided leads of 5-1 and 10-3, the second of which forced a Carleton timeout. Over the course of the next few points, the Knights (4-8, 1-3 MIAC) chipped away at the deficit, but again, Saint Benedict surged and prompted yet another Carleton timeout at a tally of 19-8. From there, the visitors held off the hosts and earned a 25-12 set victory. The Blazers hit at a .517 clip in the frame, compared to the Knights’ rate of .100.

Carleton fared much better in the following set, establishing a firm lead for most of the beginning stages of the frame. After a Saint Benedict timeout at 14-11 in favor of the Knights, as well as a huge block by the latter in the first point after the break, things were looking up for Carleton. Several powerful kills by the home squad amped up the crowd, and the Knights rode the newfound energy to a 21-16 edge at a crucial time in the set.

However, a furious comeback by the Blazers pulled things even at 23 apiece, and Carleton called a timeout to talk things over. The Knights were unable to slow the Blazers’ momentum, and the visitors went on to take the set by a 26-24 tally.

Saint Benedict took advantage of several Carleton hitting errors early on in the third set to claim an important 7-3 edge. The Knights rebounded with some much-needed grit, though, cutting the deficit to two at 10-12 to prompt a Blazer timeout. Unfortunately, the strong play of Saint Benedict eventually proved too difficult to combat, and Carleton dropped the set, 17-25, as well as the match.

Lucy Stevens (Sr./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School) took charge for the Knights offensively, amassing nine kills. Not far behind was Faith Skinner (Jr./La Crosse, Wis./Central), who racked up eight kills of her own. Distributor Lauren Pak (Fy./Moraga, Calif./Campolindo) collected a team-best 25 assists.

Next up for the Knights is a nonconference matchup on the road against the University of Northwestern-St. Paul on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. A live audio and video broadcast will be made available via Knights Online.