St. Joseph, Minn. – The Gustavus Adolphus volleyball team fell 3-0 to the College of Saint Benedict on Saturday afternoon in Claire Lynch Hall. The Blazers earned the sweep via set scores of 25-20, 25-20, and 25-15. Gustavus comes out of its weekend road trip with a 9-17 record overall and a 3-5 mark in the MIAC. Saint Ben’s improves to 21-2 overall and 6-2 in the MIAC with the win.
The Blazers were efficient from start to finish, recording attack percentages of .286, .270, and .364 in sets one, two, and three, respectively. In the match, Saint Ben’s tallied 51 kills and a team hitting percentage of .304, while Gustavus posted 20 kills and a .102 attack percentage.
Alyssa Tayor (Jr., Trimont, Minn.) led Gustavus’s offense for the second time this weekend, hitting the floor with seven kills and to go with a .250 attack rate. Kelle Nett (So., Spring Valley, Ill.) and Janessa Jahnke (Fy., Blue Earth, Minn.) finished next in line with five kills each.
Blazer hitters Lexi Alm and Lexi Rinde led the way with double-doubles in kills and digs. Alm had 13 kills (.423) with 11 digs, and Rinde registered 13 kills (.192) with 15 digs.
Gustavus’s Paige Breneman (Jr., Sherburn, Minn.) finished with a match-high 15 digs, equalizing the total of Saint Ben’s Victoria Nass. Kendra Weege (Jr., Watertown, Minn.), who played setter for the majority of the afternoon, also had double-digit digs with 10 to go along with 11 assists.
Taya Kockelman ran the Blazer offense and finished with a match-high 37 assists.
The Gustavus volleyball team will look to get things back on track and snap its current four-match losing-skid Wednesday, Oct. 23 when it plays host to Bethel University at 7:00 p.m. on Gus Young Court.