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Belles Stopped by Fighting Scots

Morgan VanderWey sets a ball.
DIMONDALE, Mich. - The Saint Mary's volleyball team fell in a 3-1 (25-13, 25-23, 21-25, 25-22) match against Wooster on day one of the MIAA/NCAC Challenge on Friday.
 
In the opening set, Wooster stormed out to an 11-3 lead to gain the early momentum. The Belles used a kill by Alyssa Chong miday through the stanza to build some energy. A ball handling error and an attack error by the Fighting Scots made it a 16-9 score, but Saint Mary's was unable to sustain more than a three-point run in the set as Wooster took a 25-13 decision.
 
The Belles came out firing away in the second set with a 6-1 lead. Nicole Lukens, Morgan VanderWey, and Nola Wallace each put down kills for the early Saint Mary's lead. Three consecutive kills and an attack error a short while later made it a 15-7 score in favor of the Belles. The Fighting Scots found some late momentum as they put together a 6-0 run to knot the score at 20-20. The teams traded points back-and-forth, and a service error by Wooster and a kill by Lukens put the Belles ahead 23-22. The Fighting Scots, however, rattled off three consecutive points to take a 25-23 win.
 
The two sides played a tight third set with neither team gaining more than a three-point lead. With the score tied 18-18, Alyssa Chong put down a kill before back-to-back attack errors by Wooster put the Belles ahead 21-18. Lukens and Lindsey Pelletier had late kills to give Saint Mary's a 24-21 edge, and a ball handling error gave the Belles the set by a 25-21 score.
 
Much like the third set, the fourth set saw neither team hold more than a three-point lead at any moment from start to finish. With Wooster up 20-17, a Fighting Scots service error led to back-to-back Wooster attack error as the game was knotted up 20-20. The Fighting Scots posted the next two points, but the Belles continued to battle late and made it 22-21 with a Nola Wallace kill. Wooster, however, held on with a kill for a 25-22 set win.
 
Nicole Lukens led the team with 12 kills while picking up a double-double with 13 digs. Megan Collantes added her second double-double of the year with a 10-kill, 12-dig effort on the night. Alyssa Chong posted a .429 attack percentage with seven kills and had two block assists. Morgan VanderWey collected 20 assists and 12 digs to go along with a pair of service aces. Brittney Tarkanyi led the Belles with 18 digs, and Claire Hennessy registered 15 assists and seven digs.
 
The Belles (3-2) return to action on Saturday when they square off against Allegheny and Oberlin on day two of the MIAA/NCAC Challenge at Aim High Sports starting at 10:00 a.m.