The Alma College volleyball team swept MIAA foe Trine University in straight-sets on Saturday by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 25-15. The win by the Scots improved them to 14-11 overall and 7-6 in the MIAA, while the Thunder fell to 9-5 in the league and 18-9 in 2012.
With the win, the team is now in sole possession of fourth place in the MIAA with just three conference contests remaining. The top four teams in the league advance to the league playoffs beginning the weekend of November 2.
"Our consistency, discipline and the will to win has all improved," said Alma Head Coach Sarah Dehring. "Trine is a great team and played a very hard match. They played phenomenal defense, but our girls just kept swinging."
Alma was led by Sr. OH/RS Katie Bourbonnais (Niles, Mich./Niles) with nine kills and three digs, while Jr. MH Lea Klooster (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) and So. RS Tessa Rademacher (Westphalia, Mich./Westphalia/Pewamo-Westphalia) each had eight kills.
Jr. S Erika Vanhavel (Mason, Mich./Mason) paced the Scots' the offense with a match-high 33 assists and Jr. OH/DS Kelly Maise (Northville, Mich./Northville) and Sr. DS/L/S Megan Ballantyne (Allen Park, Mich./Southgate Anderson) each had 12 digs for the Scots who hit .279.
The Scots are next in action this Wednesday when they host Saint Mary's College at Art Smith Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m.