Alma, Mich. – The Alma College volleyball team defeated Adrian College 3-1 (25-12, 25-16, 21-25, 25-10) in the first round of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. With the win, the Scots move on to the tournament semifinals while the Bulldogs are eliminated from the postseason.
- The first set was locked in a 9-9 tie when Alma went on a 12-0 run. Georgia Miller was the server during the run as the Scots scored seven in a row and after an Adrian timeout, they scored five more. Freshman Sara Majerle (Rockford, Mich. / Rockford) had a kill that set up the set point. Freshman Jill Fidler (Lowell, Mich. Lowell) service ace secured the first set victory.
- The Scots found themselves down 5-1 early in the second set, freshman Bre DeLoye (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) ended the run with a kill after a long intense point. Alma went on a 9-2 run to make it 18-15. On the next point the Scots executed a perfect play that saw sophomore Haley Novak (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) dig it out, Majerle send it over the net and then senior Katie Bush (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) and junior Georgia Miller (Georgetown, Ky. / Scott County) provided the block at the net to win the point. Alma won the set on a serve by Majerle that Adrian sent it back and Bush was waiting in the wings to slam it down.
- Alma was down the entire third set, but they fought with the Bulldogs the entire way. A 3-0 run as they faced set point kept it going until Adrian finally put it away to extend the match.
- The Scots found their form in the fourth set, DeLoye set a career-high for kills with her sixth of the night that made it 3-1. The final set was full of long points but the Scots continued to come away with them and after a 10-1 run the Scots found themselves up 20-7. Back-to-back attack errors by the Bulldogs secured the victory for Alma.
- This was Alma's first MIAA tournament win since 2010.
- Alma improves to 19-7 on the season, the most wins in a single season since 2011.
- DeLoye has set a career-high for kills in the last three matches.
- Majerle picked up her 13thdouble-double of the season with 11 kills and 17 digs.
- Novak had a game-high 28 assists.
The Scots will play Hope College on Friday at 5 p.m. The match will be located at Calvin College who is the host for the MIAA semifinals and championship.