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Saints Lose Hard Fought Match to Madonna

Saints Lose Hard Fought Match to Madonna

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights women's volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Madonna on Wednesday evening in the SHU Fieldhouse. Grace Polomcak (Niles, Mich.) led the Saints in the losing effort with a double-double in kills (13) and digs (16).

THE BASICS

Final Score: Madonna 3, Siena Heights 1 (25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-11)

Location: Adrian, Michigan (SHU Fieldhouse)

Records: Madonna (17-7, 9-2 WHAC), Siena Heights (5-13, 2-9 WHAC)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Crusaders took a 1-0 lead after edging the Saints 25-23 in an opening set of the match. Madonna never surrendered the lead despite Siena Heights tying the score six times throughout the first set.

An 11-0 run by the visitors proved to be the difference in the second set as the Crusaders jumped to a 2-0 lead. The Saints were able to cut the deficit four points, but couldn't get any closer before Madonna earned the final kill to take the 25-20 decision.

Siena Heights used runs of 7-0 and 5-0 to build a 14-7 lead in the third set. SHU maintained the lead throughout even when Madonna rallied to cut the deficit to just one point (22-21). The Saints tallied three of the next four points to earn the win and put the score at 2-1 in the match.

Siena jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set, but the Crusaders responded with an 8-0 run with five of those points coming off service aces by Ryan Castle. The visitor continued to build on the lead through the set before ending the match with a 25-11 victory.

TOP SAINTS

• Polomcak added two assists to her team-leading stat line.

Carrigan Gray (Bowling Green, Ohio) paced the attack with 31 assists. She also contributed six kills and nine digs.

Karsyn Wolf (Temperance, Mich.) finished with 18 digs to lead the defense.

Victoria Nerkowski (Mason, Mich.) added five kills, three digs, and two blocks.

THE OPPOSITION

• Jodie Kelly completed the match with 29 kills and 15 digs to lead Madonna.

• Jordyn Dawson had a match-high 58 assists while also totaling 10 digs.

• Olivia Sweeney led the defense with 21 digs.

UP NEXT

The Saints travel to Rochester on Saturday, October 19 to begin a four-game road trip. The match is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., EST.