Facing a must win situation, the Alma College Volleyball team traveled to Adrian College on Saturday knowing that the winner of the match advanced to the MIAA Tournament, while loser saw their season end.
The Scots proved to be up to the challenge as they defeated the Bulldogs 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-19) and earned a chance to take on Hope College in the semi-finals. Calvin College will host the tournament next Friday and Saturday in Grand Rapids.
"I have told the girls all season that it doesn't matter how you start, but how you finish," said Scots Head Coach Sarah Dehring. "We finished our match today very strong and that gives us the confidence we need to have going into our tough conference tournament. Adrian played very well and they are a young team that is going to be a factor in the MIAA moving forward."
It was a well played match throughout and the visitors had to earn every point. In the first set, both teams had small leads, but in the end, Adrian squeezed out the 25-23 win. In set two, Adrian led 3-0 and then again at 17-15, but the Scots scored seven in a row and ultimately came out on top 25-23.
The third set saw the Bulldogs lead 2-1 but then it was all Scots as they relatively cruised to the 25-13 win. After Adrian took a 1-0 lead in the fourth set, Alma never trailed again and was able to outlast the Bulldogs in a very competitive 25-19 contest.
Jr. S Erika VanHavel (Mason, Mich./Mason) led the team with 37 assists, while two players - Jr. MH Lea Klooster (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) and So. RS Tessa Rademacher (Westphalia, Mich./Pewamo-Westphalia) paced Alma with 12 kills a piece.