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Result: W 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-19 25-16)

Volleyball at St. Catherine University

Friday, October 20th, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - Butler Center

Knights pick up huge conference win over Wildcats

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Faith Skinner
Faith Skinner
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – As the volleyball season ages and each match increases in importance, the Carleton College volleyball team bounced back from a setback in the first set to defeat St. Catherine University in four (21-25, 25-14, 25-19, 25-16) on Friday night in the Twin Cities.

The Knights (8-10, 4-4 MIAC) are currently sitting in eighth place in the conference standings, but their season is far from over with three MIAC matches remaining, each against teams ahead of Carleton in the standings.

The opening set on Friday was featured 18 ties and nine lead changes as neither team could create any significant separation. Just when it looked like the Knights, leading 20-19 at the time, could manufacture some momentum and pull away, the longest rally of the set resulted in a point for the Wildcats (9-13, 1-7 MIAC), tying the score yet again. It was St. Kate’s who proved able to take advantage of several timely blocks to pull away late and notch a 25-21 set victory.

Much like the first frame, the second saw the two rivals exchange the edge on numerous occasions in the early going. This trend faded away, however, when Carleton initiated a small run to go up 15-11 and force a St. Kate’s timeout. The Knights cashed in on several Wildcat miscues to extend their advantage to 20-13 and prompt another timeout by the hosts. There was little St. Kate’s could do to slow Carleton’s roll, and the Knights evened things up with a dominant 25-14 set win.

Carrying their momentum over into the third set, the Knights jumped ahead early and established a 7-3 lead. From there, Carleton took three of the next four points to push the lead to seven and force a St. Kate’s timeout, with the Wildcats in search of an answer. Apparently, they found one in the huddle, as they cut the deficit to 12-10. Carleton did just enough down the stretch to subdue the newfound life of St. Kate’s and claim a pivotal third set by a 25-19 tally.

Again, it was Carleton who raced to a big lead in the fourth, prompting a Wildcat timeout with the score reading 10-4. Over the course of the frame, the Knights gradually increased their lead, and they eventually put the finishing touches on the match with a 25-16 fourth-set victory to improve to .500 in MIAC play.

Elyse Wanzenried (Jr./Minnetonka, Minn.) and Lucy Stevens (Sr./Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal School) each put down 13 kills on the night to lead Carleton offensively. Junior Faith Skinner (La Crosse, Wis./Central) was not far behind with 11. Moving the ball around for the Knights was Lauren Pak (Fy./Moraga, Calif./Campolindo), who amassed a match-best 42 assists. Libero Katie Tritschler (Sr./Los Altos, Calif.) anchored the defense with 20 digs.

The Knights have little time to rest, as they take on Augsburg University on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in Minneapolis. A link to live video and live stats will be available via Knights Online.

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