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Result: L 0-3 (11-25, 15-25, 10-25)

Volleyball at University of St. Thomas

Friday, September 22nd, 2017 – 7:00 p.m. at St Paul, Minn - Schoenecker Arena

Knights fall to Tommies on the road

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Katherine Miles, Faith Skinner
Katherine Miles, Faith Skinner
Photo: Geoffrey Mo '19

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Facing its second nationally-ranked opponent on the road in a span of three days, the Carleton College volleyball team fell to 21st-ranked University of St. Thomas in three sets (25-11, 25-15, 25-10) on Friday night at Schoenecker Arena.

After capturing the first point of the opening set, the Tommies (13-2, 3-0 MIAC) caught fire, and there was little the Knights (3-7, 0-2 MIAC) could do to slow them down. Carleton called timeouts after trailing 3-11 and 7-19, and despite exhibiting some fight late in the frame, St. Thomas took the set 25-11 and earned an important 1-0 match lead. The home squad smacked down 18 kills to the Knights’ four.

Things weren’t looking good for Carleton out of the break, as the Tommies reeled off three straight points to make a resounding statement early on in the second. The Knights bounced back quickly, however, and played much more competitive volleyball this time around. Carleton eventually reached a 9-7 edge before St. Thomas worked its way to an 11-11 deadlock. From there, it was all St. Thomas. The hosts strung together a 5-0 run to force a Knight timeout, and they continued to ride their momentum to a 25-15 second set victory.

The Tommies saved their best volleyball for the third set, a set that saw them assert their will from start to finish. They cruised to a 25-10 set victory and sent Carleton home with a disappointing setback.

Pacing Carleton’s attack was junior Faith Skinner (La Crosse, Wis./Central), who notched six kills and two blocks. Lauren Pak (Fy./Moraga, Calif./Campolindo) tallied a team-high 11 assists. Katie Tritschler (Sr./Los Altos, Calif.) totaled 13 digs to lead the Knights.

Madie Kroehler amassed a game-best 11 kills to drive the St. Thomas offensive.

The Knights have an entire week away from action before they’ll look to get back on track at home against (unranked) Concordia College next Friday night at 7:00 p.m. A live audio and video broadcast will be made available via Knights Online.