Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Alma College Volleyball team lost, 3-0 (20-25, 25-27, 12-25) to No. 14 Hope College in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament Semifinals on Friday (Nov. 2). The Scots season ends with an overall record of 19-8 and their first trip to the MIAA semifinals since 2014.
- The Scots started on fire in the first set. Senior middle blocker Katie Bush (Lowell, Mich. / Lowell) earned the first point with a kill and then junior outside hitter Georgia Miller (Georgetown, Ky. / Scott County) followed it up with a kill of her own. Back-to-back errors by the Dutch gave Alma an early 4-0 lead. Hope would respond with a five-point run of their own.
- The rest of the set was a back and forth affair with neither team winning more than three in a row. Miller had a spectacular play where she made a diving save and as she came back to her feet the ball came back to her and she was able to swing it over the net from deep in the backcourt.
- The Scots were down, 16-15, when freshman middle blocker Bre DeLoye (Okemos, Mich. / Okemos) picked up her first kill of the net to knot it at 16 each. After taking the lead, 17-16, the Dutch went on a three-point run and never surrendered the lead from there.
- Alma had six early kills from five different Scots early in the second set. Fresh off her being named All-MIAA, freshman outside hitter Sara Majerle (Rockford, Mich. / Rockford) had a long kill that the Dutch could not return to give Alma it's first lead of the set.
- Trailing, 18-12, the Scots went a run of six straight points. During the run at 18-15, Miller made a nice save running off the court and Majerle put it away to earn the point. The run was capped off by Bush having back-to-back spikes with the second one tying the game at 18 each.
- Down, 21-20, Alma had an unlucky bounce with the ball on their side hitting off the scoreboard, the Scots lost track of it and could not return it over. An All-MIAA honoree, sophomore setter Haley Novak (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) stuffed a Dutch attack to give the Scots a 23-22. On the following play the Scots looked like they would be serving for the set but a ball that was sent over by Hope that was originally ruled out was called touched by the Scots. The Dutch won four of the next six points to take a two sets to none advantage.
- The third set was tough sledding for the Scots as they could not win two straight points the entire way. Bush picked up the final kill of her career on one set up by Novak. The Dutch won four straight points to close out the match.
- DeLoye had a career-high seven kills, the fourth straight match the freshman set a new record.
- Novak finishes her sophomore season with 15 doubles-doubles. She recorded 27 assists and 14 digs
- Majerle closed out her rookie campaign with 10 kills and 11 assists, her 14th double-double of the year.
- The Scots finish with a .704 winning percentage. Their best since 2008.