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Result: W 3-1 (25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 25-19)

Volleyball at Macalester College

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. at St. Paul, Minn. - Leonard Center

Knights best Macalester in MIAC lid-lifter

By Oliver Wolyniec '19
Elyse Wanzenried
Elyse Wanzenried
Photo: Nathan Klok

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Carleton College volleyball team roared out of the gates and finished strong to take down Macalester College, 3-1 (25-15, 25-14, 20-25, 25-19) on Wednesday night in the conference opener for both sides.

Neither the Knights (7-1, 1-0 MIAC) nor the Scots (4-6, 0-1 MIAC) could create any separation in the early going, as Carleton held a slight 14-12 advantage before everything started clicking. The Knights closed the first set on an 11-2 run.

Carleton capitalized on its momentum in the next set and jumped out to a 12-4 lead before ultimately closing out the set by a tally of 25-14 to grasp a 2-0 lead in the match.

Macalester put up more resistance in the third set, however, and led throughout that game. The Knights closed to within 21-20, but the Scots did just enough to hold off their opponents and win the game, 25-20..

Again, Macalester jumped out to a quick lead in the fourth set and extended the margin to 17-10. A kill by Abby Loe (So./Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley) sparked the biggest run of the evening at a crucial time. Firing on all cylinders, Carleton won 15 of the next 17 points, taking the lead for the first time in the frame at 20-19 before wrapping up the set and the match by a score of 25-19. The contest concluded with three consecutive kills by senior Faith Skinner (La Crosse, Wis./Central).

Elyse Wanzenried (Sr./Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka) totaled a match-high 13 kills to go along with six digs, four blocks, and two assists. Skinner contributed 10 kills and seven digs, and Olivia Powell (Jr./Palos Verdes, Calif./Chadwick) chipped in 10 kills and three blocks.

Rookies Inger Shelton (San Diego, Calif./La Jolla) and Natalie Mun (Long Grove, Ill./Stevenson) totaled 15 and 11 assists, respectively, while Celeste Chen (Jr./Yorba Linda, Calif./Valencia) captained the Carleton defense with a match-best 13 digs.

The Knights return to the Macalester campus for a trio of matches this coming weekend. Carleton has a matchup against Alverno College on Friday, Sept. 14 at 3:00 p.m. before a re-match with Beloit College at 5:00 p.m. The Knights will wrap up play at the Macalester Invitational with a Saturday morning (10:00 a.m.) tilt against Grinnell College. Links to live video and stats can be found via Knights Online.