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Result: L 2-3 (19-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-19, 17-19)

Volleyball hosts Saint Mary's

Friday, October 5th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at Northfield, Minn. - West Gym

Knights lose five-set heartbreaker to Saint Mary's

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Elyse Wanzenried
Elyse Wanzenried
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

NORTHFIELD, Minn. – In a sensational Homecoming Weekend barnburner at West Gymnasium, the Carleton College volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Saint Mary’s University (25-19, 15-25, 25-20, 19-25, 19-17).

Sporting identical conference records coming into the match, Carleton (10-6, 1-5 MIAC) and Saint Mary’s (10-8, 2-4 MIAC) battled back and forth to begin the opening set which featured eight ties and four lead changes. With the score knotted 12-12, the Cardinals initiated a min 4-0 run to force a Carleton timeout. The Knights got back within two immediately after the break, but another Saint Mary’s spurt, this one of the 6-1 variety, put the visitors comfortably in front en route to claiming the set by a 25-19 tally.

Not to be deterred, Carleton responded well and got off to a hot start in the second frame. The Knights quickly jumped out to a 5-1 lead, then extended their advantage to 9-3 to prompt a Saint Mary’s timeout. They kept building all the way up to a 13-3 lead and maintained at least an eight-point edge the rest of the way, eventually putting the set away, 25-15, to even the match at one game apiece.

In the third set, the Cardinals wrenched away some of the Knights’ momentum. With the set knotted early at 4-4, Saint Mary’s ran off seven consecutive points. Carleton slowly closed the gap and pulled within 21-20 before the visitors tallied the final four points and went up

They streaked out to an 8-4 lead to force an early Carleton timeout. Their advantage reached seven at 11-4 before the Knights started to come back. A strong Carleton run pulled the hosts to within 21-20, but the Cardinals regained scored the final four points to go up 2-1 with a 25-20 set victory.

After early deadlocks in the fourth frame, Carleton utilized a mini-run to establish a 10-6 lead and force a Saint Mary’s timeout. The Cardinals pulled within three at 16-13 Knights, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way. Carleton held off the visitors late and forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-20 victory.

The fifth set featured 12 ties and nine lead changes, heightening the drama. Not wasting any time, the Knights leapt out to a 4-2 lead to prompt an early Cardinal timeout. The break worked for Saint Mary’s, and they rode a short 4-0 run to a 6-4 edge. Unfazed, Carleton clawed back and evened things up at 9-9. Several ties later, the score read 14-14. The Cardinals claimed the next point and earned their first match point, but the Knights turned things around and took the next two points to earn a match point of their own at 16-15. One last tie indicated a score of 17-17, but thanks to a timely burst, Saint Mary’s put the finishing touches on an absolute thriller, 19-17, to walk away with the win.

Faith Skinner (Sr./La Crosse, Wis./Central) and Elyse Wanzenried (Sr./Minnetonka, Minn.) each knocked down a match-best 15 kills to lead the Carleton offensive attack. Wanzenried added four service aces in the effort. Sophomore Abby Loe (Apple Valley, Minn.) nearly reached double digits in kills as well, with nine of her own.

Inger Shelton (Fy./San Diego, Calif./La Jolla) notched a match-high 43 assists, and Celeste Chen (Jr./Yorba Linda, Calif./Valencia) paced the Knights with 17 digs on the defensive end.

Rachel Kedl led the Cardinals with 15 kills. Lillian Braun finished with 42 assists.

Next up for the Knights is a match at Hamline University on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7:00 p.m. A link to live video and stats will be available on Knights Online.