MINNEAPOLIS – Senior Sami Kemper (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) claimed a season-high nine kills while teammate Caroline Duke (Fy./Evanston, Ill./Evanston) added 18 assists, nine digs and four kills, but the Carleton College volleyball team dropped its second consecutive Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road game, as the Knights fell to Augsburg College 25-20, 25-20, 25-19 on Friday evening.
The Knights (9-5, 0-2 MIAC) battled early, and trailed by three points late in the first set at 23-19, but were unable to get any closer, as MIAC co-leader Augsburg (13-2, 2-0 MIAC) was able to close out the set 25-19.
The Knights stayed close through the majority of the second set, as a Karen Halls (Jr./Edina, Minn./Edina) kill pulled Carleton to within a point at 11-10. The Knights kept Augsburg from running away and closed to within 20-17 after consecutive kills by Duke and Kemper, but were unable to carry the momentum any further as Augsburg went on the win the set 25-20.
Carleton was unable to overcome a slow start in the third set and fell by a score of 25-10.
Camille Benson (So./Savage, Minn./Burnsville) claimed a team-best 12 digs, while Alicia Flatt (Jr./Walnut Creek, Calif./Carondelet) added eight digs and six assists. Rachel Johnson (Sr./Woodbury, Minn./Woodbury) added a team-high two blocks to go along with three kills in the match.
The Knights will return to action Wednesday evening when they welcome No. 10-ranked St. Benedict to West Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Knights online will feature live video of the match.