Volleyball Splits Triangular at NWC
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The MLC volleyball team split a pair of matches at Northwestern Friday, losing 3-0 to Northwestern by the scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-21, and then beating Bethel by the scores of 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, and 25-18.
MLC held a 17-14 late in the first game against NWC, but the Eagles finished with a 11-2 rally to take the first set 25-19 with the help of six MLC attack errors during that stretch.
The Eagles continued their surge in the second set, jumping on the Knights early on the way to a 25-14 second set win.
The third set was tight throughout, but NWC would erase a 21-18 MLC lead late in the set with seven straight points to win the set 25-21 and close out the match.
NWC outhit the Knights in each set on the way to hitting .352 for the match compared to MLC's .122. Rebecca Engelbrecht led MLC with ten kills, while Emily Boldt had eight. Boldt also had a match-high six blocks.
After dropping the first set 25-22, the Knights fought hard to win a tight second set 26-24 to even things at 1-1.
MLC took control of the match in the third, taking an early lead in the set and not keeping Bethel down to win it 25-19, and then won the match with a 25-18 fourth set, breaking open a 17-16 game with eight of the last ten points to win it 25-18.
MLC hit .221 for the match, and was led by Engelbrecht's 12 kills. Jaime Eternick added ten kills, while Renee Peters finished with a match-high 26 digs. Mackenzie Krentz finished with 41 assists.
With the split, MLC moved to 14-10 overall and 5-4 in the UMAC.
MLC will return to action next Friday (October 22) when it hosts St. Scholastica for a 7 p.m. match.