Volleyball Gets Big Win at CSS
DULUTH, Minn. - The MLC volleyball team came from behind to beat St. Scholastica Friday night in five sets by the scores of 22-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-23 and 15-11 to move into a third place tie in the conference standings with one day left in the regular season.
Trailing 2-1 in the match, the Knights found themselves in trouble late in the fourth set behind the Saints 22-19. MLC would storm back, however, with kills from Heather Danell, Rachel Larson and Rachel Hein to win six of the final seven points of the set and force a fifth set.
CSS jumped out to a small lead early in the fifth set, but the Knights broke open a 9-9 game with five straight points to take a commanding lead they would hold to get the win.
With much of the attention geared to stop Rebecca Engelbrecht, MLC middle hitters Leah Nass and Hein had a major impact. Nass finished with 17 kills and an attack percentage of .467 after committing only one hitting error in the match, while Hein finished with 15 kills and a .400 attack percentage. Hein and Nass also finished with and seven and five blocks, respectively.
Engelbrecht was still a factor on the attack, finishing with 15 kills, and also had a huge impact on the defensive end as she led the team in both digs (23) and blocks (eight).
Miranda Maasz finished with a match-high 55 assists and also added four kills and ten digs. Alex Anthon had 20 digs from her libero position.
With the win, MLC improved to 15-11 overall and 9-4 in the UMAC, while CSS dropped to 15-12 on the season and 10-3 in league play. The Saints remain in second place in the conference standings, one game ahead of both Minnesota-Morris and MLC. The Knights hold the tie-breaker over UMM, meaning MLC would clinch the third seed in the tournament with a win Saturday at Northland.