Women’s volleyball team stung by Kalamazoo in season-finale

Photo by Rachel Zeiler
Photo by Rachel Zeiler

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Olivet College volleyball team ended the 2017 season with a four-set loss against Kalamazoo College this morning at the Anderson Athletic Center in Kalamazoo.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Kalamazoo def. Olivet 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 25-21
Location: Anderson Athletic Center; Kalamazoo, Mich.
Records: Olivet 7-22 overall, 3-13 MIAA; Kalamazoo 7-18 overall, 4-12 MIAA

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the first set, the Hornets turned a 5-2 deficit into a 12-5 lead with a 10-0 run. The Comets battled back to trim their deficit to a single point on four occasions before tying the set at 22-22. Kalamazoo scored the final three points of the set on a kill, Olivet attack error and service ace.
  • The Hornets led in the second set until the Comets took their first lead at 14-13. There would be six tied scores, with the last one being 19-19. Olivet scored the next three points, one on a kill by senior Courtney Cronkright and two aces by freshman Laken Groll, to go up 22-19. Kalamazoo scored two points before three Comet points ended the set.
  • Early in the third set, neither team led by more than two points. The Hornets took the largest lead for either team at 13-9. The Comets put four of the next points on the scoreboard to cut their deficit to a point, 14-13. Kalamazoo answered with a 4-0 run to go ahead 18-13. Olivet closed the gap to as few as two points, 19-17, before the Hornets ended the set on a 6-1 run.
  • Play-by-play from the fourth set is not available.

FOR THE COMETS

  • Sophomore Morgan Champion finished the match with 14 of Olivet's 46 kills.
  • Cronkright added 12 kills and 22 digs.
  • Sophomore Madelyn Notenbaum dished out 37 assists to go along with 22 digs.
  • Sophomore Gabrielle Mundt collected a team-leading 23 digs.

FOR THE HORNETS

  • Four players reached double figures in digs, led by Madi Goodman's 17.
  • Rachel Girard was next with 16 kills, followed by Maria Katrantzi, 12; and Shelby Suseland, 11.
  • Zoey Ammon registered 47 set assists.
  • Taylor Ferguson notched a match-high 30 digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Cronkright finished her career with 115 service aces, which is first all-time at Olivet, while her 1,299 digs are second all-time and 648 kills are seventh all-time. She also matches the career record with 115 matches played and second with 411 sets played.
  • Allison Turner ended her Comet career with 663 kills, which is sixth all-time. Her .118 attack percentage in 10th.