Scots Secure First Conference Win of the Year

Scots Secure First Conference Win of the Year

Kalamazoo, Mich. - The Alma College volleyball team won its first conference game on Saturday evening; a 3-0 decision over Kalamazoo. The Scots are now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, while Kalamazoo remains winless on the year at 0-7 and 0-3 in the MIAA.

Brianna Zimmer (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) set a new career-high in kills with 11, leading all players in the match.

What Happened

  • Alma took the first set 25-23 in what would be the game's closest set. Down 11-5, the Scots went on a 7-2 run on their way to a 17-16 lead, their first of the game. They would not allow Kalamazoo to regain the lead on their way to the win. There were seven ties in the first set and Zimmer got five of her 11 kills in the set.
  • The second was tightly contested early until Alma took control toward the end. The Scots got off to a 5-1 lead but the Hornets would go on runs of 4-1 and 4-0 to keep the score close. Up 17-15, Alma scored eight of the final 11 points to seal the 25-18 win in the set. Freshman Haley Novak (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) ended the set with two straight kills.
  • The third and final set saw Alma go on an 11-1 run to make a 5-3 deficit a 14-6 advantage. Though Kalamazoo responded with its own 7-1 run, the Scots stayed in control and ended the set - and the game - with three straight points, two of which came from junior Katie Bush (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell).


  • Both Pelach and Novak posted new season-highs in the game. Pelach tallied 23 assists (also a game-high) while Novak had 14.
  • Miller, the team leader in digs with 80, had 17 against the Hornets, the most of any Scot. She currently sits tenth in the conference in digs.
  • Senior Kara Muxlow (Brown City, Mich. / Brown City) and Bush had nine kills each (the second-most among all players) and posted the two highest attack percentages of any player to have at least two attacks. Muxlow ended the match at .368, the second highest of her career (both occurring this season) while Bush finished at .353, her highest percentage since Sept. 28, 2016, against Kalamazoo when she hit .600.

They Said It

"The girls did a better job producing offensively tonight, as they found a good rhythm early on. Consistency is always the battle and figuring out how to maintain our confidence is key. Tonight was nice as the pieces are really starting to come together." - Head Coach Alex Leja

What's Next

The Scots return to Art Smith Arena to face Calvin College on Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. As of Saturday (Sept. 9) evening, the Knights are the No. 1 ranked team in Division III with a 7-0 record. The American Volleyball Coaches Association Top-25 Poll is released every Tuesday.

Contact: Zach Russo, Assistant Sports Information Director, (989) 463-7436