Alma, Mich. - The Alma College volleyball team struggled to start the game on Wednesday (Sept. 26) evening, but quickly found its footing to dispatch Trine University 3-1 (15-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-14). Alma is now 12-2 and 2-1 in the MIAA; Trine falls to 8-8 and 1-2. Alma
Alma's scoring was spread out: Sara Majerle (McBain, Mich. / McBain Public) and Katie Bush (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) led with 9 kills each. Haley Ullrich (Elk River, Minn. / Elk River) and Naomi Mason (Kaleva, Mich. / Brethren) each posted six kills, while Bush also had four total blocks to lead the team. Overall, Bush ended as the team leader in points with 13.
How It Happened
- Alma was down by as much as nine in the first set. it hit -.067 while Trine connected on 15 kills and just six errors. The Thunder took the first set 25-15.
- The Scots started to find their way in the second set, though it was close throughout: there were 12 ties in the set and seven lead changes, none more important than the last. With Alma up 14-13, Trine went on an 8-1 run to take a 20-15 lead that Alma was forced to stop with a timeout. That break seemed to energize the Scots, who came out with a 10-2 run to win the second set. Six of Alma's points during the run came on kills or aces.
- Alma kept that momentum into the third set, jumping out to an 11-5 lead. It controlled the pace of the entire set, leading by as much as 10, which happened twice. The Scots won their last three points thanks to Thunder errors, of which they had a game-high 10 in the set.
- The Scots went in for the kill at the beginning of the fourth set, taking an early 11-1 lead. As much as Alma was on the attack, Trine looked flustered — it gifted the Scots five of their first 11 points. The Thunder would work back to within four at 13-9, but Alma responded with three quick points to get the momentum back. It ended the set and the match on an 8-1 run
- Alma hit a match-high .294 in the third set.
- Trine had 15 kills in the first set. Neither team would match that total in any following set.
- Haley Novak had the team's highest kill percentage at .250.
- Naomi Mason's six kills were the most in her last six matches.
- Sara Majerle is sixth in the MIAA in kills per set with 2.97.
- Katie Bush is first in the league in total blocks with 49 and fourth in hit percentage at .338 percent.
- Haley Novak (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) has 420 assists on the year, third most in the conference.
Alma has nearly a week off before its next contest. It will travel to Albion to face the Britons on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.