Volleyball Splits a Pair at Millikin

Volleyball Splits a Pair at Millikin

Decatur, Ill. - The Alma College volleyball team defeated Simpson College (IA) 3-1 and fell 3-0 to Millikin University (IL) on Saturday (Oct. 5) on Day 2 of the Millikin University Fall Triangular.

Haley Ullrich (Elk River, Minn. / Elk River) led the Scots (11-8) with 19 combined kills in the two matches. Georgia Miller (Georgetown, Ky. / Scott County) was close behind with 17 followed by Sara Majerle (Rockford, Mich. / Rockford) with 16. Haley Novak (Midland, Mich. / Bullock Creek) had a total of 58 assists and Bailey Cantrell (Holt, Mich. / Mason) made 38 digs.

Alma hit .317 in the win over Simpson, led by Rachael Parrett (Gladwin, Mich. / Gladwin High School) with a .429 kill percentage and Ullrich with .391. Alma had at least a dozen kills in all four sets and enjoyed a comfortable eight-point win over average over three sets.

Down by as many as six in the opening set, the Scots stormed back to tie the game at 22 before allowing the Storm to score the next three points.

Alma didn't leave anything to chance in the next three sets as it went on runs of 11-4, 6-0, and 7-2 to pull away from Simpson in each set. It finished the match with a kill from McKenzie Smith (Caro, Mich. / Caro High School) and an ace from Majerle.

Alma didn't fare as well in its second match. It had 18 errors against Millikin, twice as many as it had in four sets against Simpson. The Big Blue did to the Scots what they did to Simpson: pull ahead with momentum-swinging runs. After making up a six-point deficit in the second set to tie the game at 21, Millikin scored the next four points to win the set, aided by two Alma errors. The Big Blue closed out the third set by scoring seven of the matches' final 10 points.

Alma returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Albion College at 6:30 p.m. in Art Smith Arena.