Elmhurst, Ill. - The Alma College volleyball team was forced into two four-set matches on Saturday (Aug. 31) and still came out victorious in both, defeating Elmhurst and Greenville to open the year at 4-0.
Game 1 – Alma 3, Elmhurst 1
Alma dropped the first set 25-18 but followed with three straight wins, including a 29-27 victory in the fourth set. Hard-swinging Elmhurst was a tough out — the Blue Jays registered 53 kills in the match, including 21 in the fourth and final set, but were undone by 36 errors. The Scots, meanwhile, kept their errors to a minimum, averaging under five per set.
Sara Majerle (Rockford, Mich. / Rockford) posted 21 kills on a .250 hit percentage. Haley Novak (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) had 36 assists and Georgia Miller (Georgetown, Ky. / Scott County) had eight kills and a team-high 16 digs.
Game 2 – Alma 3, Greenville 1
The Scots again got off to a slow start, falling in the first set by a similar 25-18 score. They bounced back with a hard-fought 29-27 win in the second set, followed by a 25-22 win in the third set and a 25-20 win in the fourth.
Majerle led all players with 18 kills, while Miller notched 13 and a game-high 23 digs and freshman Rachael Parrett (Gladwin, Mich. / Gladwin High School) had 13 kills, the most she's had in her young career. Novak set a new season-best with 46 assists.
Alma has an exhibition with Lake Superior State University on Tuesday (Sept. 3) in Sault Ste. Marie. Its next official game is Friday (Sept. 6) against Hiram in the MIAA/NCAC Crossover Tournament.