By Hunter Chovanec, Sports Information Student Assistant
Lansing, Mich. - The Alma College volleyball team went 1-1 on Saturday (Sept. 7) in the second day of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association/North Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball Crossover. The Scots won their first game of the day over Denison 3-1 before falling to Ohio Wesleyan in their second game 3-1.
The Scots jumped on Denison in the first set of the day, winning 25-13. In the next set the Big Red stormed back and took game two by a score of 25-20. In set three the Scots grabbed the momentum back, winning 25-23, before defeating the Big Red 30-28 in set four to secure the victory. The Scots were led by sophomore Sara Majerle (Rockford, Mich./Rockford) who had a career-high 26 kills while also recording 12 digs. Also leading the Scots offensive attack were seniors Georgia Miller (Georgetown, Ky./Scott County) and Naomi Mason (Kaleva, Mich. / Brethren) who had 8 kills each. Miller also led the Scots in digs with 20. Leading the Scots in assists was junior Haley Novak ( Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) with 45. The Big Red were led by Sidney Gossard and Lucy Anderson, who had 14 kills each.
In the second game of the day, the Scots faced the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan University. The Scots hung tough but fell 3-1. The Battling Bishops were able to set the tone right away by winning set one and two 25-22 and 25-18. In set three the Scots fought back winning 25-20. Set four was a back-and-forth affair before the Battling Bishops took it 26-24, winning the match. Leading the Scots offensively was Majerle with 19 kills on a .250 kill percentage and Miller, who had 7 kills. Novak led the Scots in assists category once again with 27, while junior Bailey Cantrell (Holt, Mich. / Mason) led the Scots with 17 digs in the contest. Leading the way for the Battling Bishops were Eliza Richardson and Jordan Brandt, with 15 kills each.
Up next, the Scots will face the Kalamazoo College Hornets in their first home match of the year. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Sept. 10) from Art Smith Arena.