NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton College volleyball team picked up its first home conference win of the season, beating Bethel University in straight sets. Jessa Youso (Sr./Virginia, Minn./Virginia) led the Knights with 13 kills, six blocks, and a .407 hitting percentage.
Carleton (11-4, 1-2 MIAC) never trailed in the first set, jumping out to an 8-1 lead, which included four kills from Claire Willeck (So./Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie). After the Royals (9-6, 0-3 MIAC) closed within two points, the Knights went on a 9-3 run expanding their lead to 22-14 and eventually took the set 25-19.
Trailing 14-12 midway through the second set, Carleton turned the tables on Bethel going on a 10-2 run, during which Youso had three kills and two blocks. The Knights also won this set 25-19.
After beginning the third game down 6-5, Carleton won 10 of the next 11 points. The Knights’ run was highlighted by three kills apiece from Lexi Papke (Fy./Strum, Wis./Regis) and Karen Halls (So./Edina, Minn./Edina). Alicia Flatt (So./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) contributed two aces during this stretch and finished the night with 38 assists. Bethel could not catch up after that burst, ceding the final set 25-20.
"I was proud of how hard the team played tonight and really stayed focused,” commented head coach Heidi Jaynes. “We served tough and had a great night at the net slowing down their big hitters. Jessa had another huge night for us! It was great to get our first home conference win, and we look forward to having the weekend off before gearing up for three away games next week"
Camille Benson (Fy./Savage, Minn./Burnsville) paced the Knights defense with 17 digs, and Chloe Nelson (Jr./Madison, Wis./West) brought up 12 of her own. As a team, Carleton had nine blocks. Willeck, Papke, and Halls finished the night with nine, eight, and seven kills, respectively.
Amy Baumetz led Bethel University with eight kills.
The Knights will have the weekend to prepare for three straight road matches next week, kicking off the stretch against Gustavus Adolphus College on Wednesday, Sept. 26.