On Wednesday evening, the Alma College volleyball team traveled to Olivet College for a league match and dropped a closely contested 3-2 (25-14, 15-25, 25-23, 22-25, 9-15) decision. With the loss, the Scots are now 3-4 in the MIAA and 8-7 overall, while the host Comets improved to 4-4 in the league and 7-12 in 2013.
"Our motto is respect all, fear none and we did not come into this match remembering that saying," said Scots Head Coach Sarah Dehring. "They wanted it more and played like it. We will continue to be an average team until we decide to play hard no matter the score or the opponent."
In the first set, the Scots led 9-8 before going on a run to make it 16-9 en route to the 25-14 win. After Alma led 2-1 in the second set, Olivet took the lead and did not relenquish it before winning 25-15. The Comets led 16-13 in set three before Alma took control and rode out a 25-23 victory.
Set four was close throughout with Olivet maintaining a narrow lead as they slowly built up to a 25-22 triumph, setting up the fifth and deciding set. The Scots led 2-1 but Olivet dug in and built a 7-4 lead in set five. Alma couldn't close the gap as the determined group of Comets smelled victory and walked off the court with the 15-9 win.
Sr. MH Lea Klooster (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) led the Scots with 13 kills, 13 digs, one blocked shot and three block assists. Sr. MH/RS Elisa Hobbs (Naubinway, Mich./Engadine) finished with 11 kills and four block assists, while Fr. OH/DS Sasha Laykova (Ternopil, Ukraine/Forest Hills Northern) had 10 kills and six digs.
In addition, Sr. S Erika VanHavel (Mason, Mich./Mason) had a 15 assists and added 11 digs, while Fr. S Mary Dulzo (Novi, Mich./Mercy) added a team-high 27 assists with nine digs. In addition, Jr. OH/DS Laura Walker (Roscommon, Mich./Roscommon) finished with seven kills and six digs in the loss.
The Scots next play on Saturday afternoon at Heidelberg University in Ohio with the match scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.