Volleyball Falls Short in Five-Setter against UNW
NEW ULM, Minn. - The Martin Luther College volleyball team took first-place Northwestern the distance Saturday, but fell just short in a five-set loss by the scores of 25-23, 24-26, 25-17, 26-28, and 15-10.
The two teams battled back and forth throughout the match, as the Eagles withstood a late MLC rally to win game one before the Knights took the second set 26-24 to even things up.
After the Eagles ran off 11 of the final 12 points in the third set to take a 2-1 lead, the Knights came back from a 24-21 deficit in the fourth set to force a fifth and deciding set.
Both teams traded points to start the set, but the Eagles scored seven of the final nine points to win the set and the match.
Rebecca Engelbrecht was all over the court for the Knights, finishing with a match-high 27 kills (and hitting .343 and 67 attacks), and also led MLC with 27 digs to go with four blocks.
Miranda Maasz finished with 60 assists in the match, and also had five kills and ten digs. Kayla Schoeneck added 18 kills and 17 digs, while Alex Anthon had 21 digs for the Knights. Heather Danell and Morgan Kumbier each had five of MLC's 10.0 blocks in the match.
MLC dropped to 8-8 on the season and 2-2 in the UMAC with the loss, while UNW improved to 9-9 overall and 5-0 in conference play with the win.
The Knights will return to action on Friday, October 4, when they travel to Northland for a match scheduled to start at 7 p.m.