The Gustavus volleyball team suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss to St. Catherine University on Thursday night by the scores of 24-26, 19-25, 19-25. The Gusties fall to 8-12 overall and 1-4 in the MIAC, while the Wildcats improve to 13-7 overall and 3-2 in the MIAC.
Gustavus got off to a strong start in match and led for much of the first set, however St. Kate’s rallied from a 20-17 deficit to claim the 26-24 win. After battling the Wildcats evenly in the first set, the Gusties just could not get on track the rest of the match. In the second set, Gustavus got down early, then rallied late to pull within four at 15-19, but St. Kate’s held on for the 25-19 win. In the third set, the Gusties got off to a great start and led 12-9, but St. Catherine controlled the rest of the match pulling away late for the 25-19 victory.
Olivia Warren led the Gusties with 13 kills, followed by Janey Helland with 12. Erin Sherman registered 22 digs and Malea Noennig recorded 26 assists. St. Kate’s was led by Maria Hoffman with 15 kills. Nicole Neumann contributed 22 digs and Nina Lindquist added 39 assists.
Gustavus will host Hamline in a conference match on Saturday at 1 pm and then Northwestern of Roseville in a non-conference match at 4 pm.