Olivet, Mich. - Dakota Pelach (Gaylord, Mich./Gaylord) posted her fifth triple-double of the year as the Alma College volleyball team snapped a five game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Olivet College (23-25, 25-17, 19-25, 25-17, 15-11) on Saturday morning. Pelach tallied 10 kills and game-highs of 28 assists and 23 digs. She is now tied for second in the nation with five triple-doubles.
The Scots (8-11, 4-6 MIAA) were down one set to none and two sets to one before taking sets four and five for the win. Alma held a lead for the entirety of the fifth set, its biggest lead being five at 12-7 after two straight aces by Gillian Young (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids). Young led all players with four aces on the day. The Comets (11-11, 3-7 MIAA) picked up three straight points to make it 12-10, but Alma closed the match on a 3-1 run with back-to-back kills by Pelach to pick up 10 on the day.
Alma was in control of the two other sets it won, holding as much as a seven point lead in the second set and an eight point lead in the fourth. Up 17-11 in the second set, Alma allowed a 6-0 run to Olivet to tie the set at 17, but the Scots responded with an 8-0 run to take it 25-17. Kendall Sells (Muskegon, Mich./Mona Shores) picked up three straight kills to begin the run and Georgia Miller (Georgetown, Ky./Scott Country) added a kill and an ace.
Alma never trailed in the fourth set. Olivet posted a game-high nine errors in the set to assist with the Alma win. Miller and Pelach led the Scots in kills in the set with four and three, respectively. Alma's offensive attack on the day was spread out with Sells and Miller leading the team with 11 kills, followed by Pelach with 10, Katie Bush (Lowell, Mich./Lowell) with nine and Sasha Laykova (Ternopil, Ukraine/Forest Hills Northern) with eight. Maressa Miller (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) finished second behind Pelach with 21 assists and Miller and Laykova trailed Pelach with 19 and 18 digs, respectively.
Alma returns to action on Wednesday, October 12 at Art Smith Arena to take on Albion at 6:30 p.m. The Scots defeated the Britons 3-2 earlier this season.
Head Coach Alex Leja
"Today, the program was successful because the girls made quick adjustments and worked through issues with urgency. We had more production offensively, and our defense was exceptional across the board."
"Though our record doesn't show the mini-gains and strides that we have been making, today was victorious for us ultimately because of the character that this team has. To show up and compete every day, bounce back after a tough loss, and to work as unit; that is something that makes me very proud."
Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7436