Volleyball battles for return victory at Saint Ben’s



ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – Trailing 2-1 after three sets in Wednesday night’s game in Saint Benedict, Gustavus’ volleyball team erased a 24-19 deficit in the fourth to force a fifth set and was able to complete the comeback. with a 15-12 win in the final quarter. . The Gusties improve to 3-1 on aggregate while the Bennies drop to 4-2.

“First and foremost, I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” said assistant coach Alyssa Taylor. “The heart and the battle put forward in this game was great. As a coach, all you can ask your team to do is compete and play hard. And they did it tonight against a very strong team.

Sarah Elliott (So., Lombard, Ill.), Jess Gruber (So., Becker) and Courtney Peterson (So., Jamestown, SD) played a significant role in the attack, providing 20, 13 and 13 victims respectively. Gruber posted a .270 hitting percentage in his first game of the season.

The Gusties won the opening set 25-23 in a back-and-forth game. The set featured five header changes, with the Gusties retiring late on three consecutive kills from Lauren Klaith (Fy., Rockford) for a 23-20 advantage. Two offensive errors from Bennie sealed Gustie’s 25-23 victory.

Gustavus kept a 10-6 lead to start the second, but the Bennies went on 15-6 and claimed the second 25-20. The Bennies kicked off their momentum in the third and were never left behind in another 25-20 decision.

Saint Ben’s was set to win the game in the fourth set, serving the set point at 24-19, but a few wins from Gustie and an attacking error from Bennie made it 24-22 and forced a time. dead. Elliott managed back-to-back attacks to tie the score at 24-24 before the Bennies regained the lead with a kill. But Gruber connected for a kill to tie the game, followed by a kill by Peterson to take the lead and another kill by Gruber to secure the 27-25 victory.

The fifth set went back and forth at the start, but back-to-back kills from Peterson gave the Gusties a 9-7 lead and they were able to hold onto a 15-12 victory.

“We’ve had a lot of players in roles and positions they maybe haven’t been in before and they stepped up and just played Gustie volleyball,” Taylor added. “Like I said, very proud of the team and their fight.”

Kasie Tweet (Fy., Adrian) led the attack for most of the game with 34 assists and 27 digs. Hailey Embacher (Sr., Mankato) had 34 digs on the back line and added 10 assists. Klaith had the third double-double for the team with 11 kills and 19 digs.

Gustavus participates in the Bethel Triangular on Saturday with a match at 12:30 p.m. against Augsburg followed by a match at 3 p.m. against Bethel.

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