The Alma College Volleyball team entered Wednesday's match against #3 ranked Calvin College undefeated, but the hometown Knights put a stop to the winning streak. The Knights defeated Alma, 3-1 (12-25, 25-20, 18-25, 8-25), to improve to 8-0 on the season and 4-0 in the MIAA, while the Scots are now 6-1 (2-1 league) in 2012.
"We played well for a set and half but let up and that is something that we cannot do against anyone, let alone strong teams like Calvin," said Alma Head Coach Sarah Dehring. "Once we learn how to play consistently and believe in our abilities, then we will be able to show that the program has taken the next step. I am happy with our team but we just need to believe in ourselves."
The home team Knights jumped on the Scots quickly in the first set and came away with the 25-12 victory. The Scots, trying to make a statement, fought to a 25-20 win in the second set to tie the match at 1-1. However, Calvin took control, winning the final two sets by margins of 25-18 and 25-8 to secure the match.
On the evening, Jr. MH Lea Klooster (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) paced the Scots with 11 kills, while Jr. MH Rebecca Trosper (Plano, Tex,/Lutheran North) and Sr. OH/RS Katie Bourbonnais (Niles, Mich./Niles) had 10 and six respectively. Jr. S Erika VanHavel (Mason, Mich./Mason) had 33 assists and 11 digs, while Jr. OH/DS Kelly Maise (Northville, Mich./Northville) had a team-high 13 digs.
The Scots next play this weekend in the highly regarded Wittenberg (Ohio) University Tournament. Alma's first game will be against Mt. St. Joseph on Friday afternoon, followed by matches against Heidelberg University, Otterbein University and Ohio Northern University in a competition that will conclude on Saturday afternoon.