Volleyball Beats Northland in Four
NEW ULM, Minn. - The MLC volleyball team closed out the first half of the conference season with a 3-1 win over Northland by the scores of 25-14, 22-25, 25-18 and 25-19.
The Knights hit .435 on the way to winning the first set going away, but hit a bump in the road in the second when Northland overcame a 22-17 deficit by scoring the final eight points to take the set and tie the match 1-1.
After falling behind early in the third set, MLC scored ten of the final 12 points to take a 2-1 lead before running away late in the fourth set to secure the win. The effort in the final two sets was led by the defense up front, as the Knights blocked five attacks in each of the final two sets.
Rebecca Engelbrecht struggled early, but came through in a big way late with 14 total kills, eight of which came in the final two sets. Rachel Hein and Leah Nass each had 11 kills and led the blocking effort in the front row. Hein finished with seven block, while Nass had five as the Knights finished the match with 13 total blocks.
Miranda Maasz had 42 assists and added 15 digs, while Jennifer Draeger led the team with 21 digs.
With the win, MLC improved to 11-9 overall and 5-2 in UMAC play, while Northland dropped to 7-15 on the season and 3-4 in conference action.
MLC will return to action on Friday, October 12, when it hosts Northwestern in a match scheduled to start at 7 p.m.