Valiant Effort Falls Short at Northwestern
ST. PAUL - The MLC volleyball team made a tremendous run at Northwestern Wednesday night before losing in four extremely tight sets to the number two seed by the scores of 25-27, 28-26, 25-23 and 25-22.
The Knights came out on fire in the first set, hitting .326 with 17 kills against only three errors on the way to taking a 1-0 lead by the score of 27-25. Rachel Hein was particularly effective in the first, finishing with six kills against zero errors in the set.
The next two sets were heartbreakers for the Knights, with the Eagles breaking open a 26-26 tie in the second set by scoring the final two points, and then overcoming a 22-19 MLC lead in the third set to win 25-23 and take a 2-1 edge.
MLC continued to battle in the fourth set in the hopes of sending it to a fifth, overcoming a 21-16 deficit to bring the score to 22-21 late in the set, but the Eagles were too much in the end, scoring three of the final four points to close out the set.
The Knights finished the match hitting .255, with four players in double figures in kills. Rebecca Engelbrecht overcome a slow start to lead the way with 19 kills, while Hein finished with 14. Katelyn Hauf finished with 13 kills, hitting .552 for the match, while Emily Boldt added 12 kills and tied Hein with a team-best four blocks.
Mirdanda Maasz finished with a career high 56 assists in the match, and also led the team with 15 digs. Engelbrecht added 12 digs to her strong night in the front row.
With the loss, MLC finished the season with a record of 18-13, while Northwestern advanced to the UMAC Tournament Championship match on Saturday with a record of 27-5.