Volleyball falls to Alma in five sets

Volleyball falls to Alma in five sets

ALBION, Mich. – Taylor Rosenthal and Marie Pregenzer combined for 33 kills in the middle of the court Tuesday night, but Albion College didn't get enough production on the outside in a five set loss to Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association rival Alma College.

Albion hit .306 (15-4-36) in cruising to a 25-14 decision in the third set that gave it a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Britons gave the momentum right back losing the fourth set, 25-16.

The teams traded the first 16 points of the fifth set. Alma scored five in a row to pull out to a 13-8 lead and it ended the match with an exclamation point on a Sara Majerle kill and a Brooke Mason ace.

Rosenthal achieved her highest hitting percentage in a MIAA match this season, .484, with a season-high 17 kills.

Pregenzer was effective all-around, finishing with 16 kills, five blocks and two aces. She moved into fifth place on Albion's all-time blocks list with 189.

Kelsey Gustafson was Albion's most effective performer on the outside, finishing with 12 kills.

Setter Grace VanDorn finished another double-double with 47 assists and 13 digs, and libero Monica Shuk collected 30 digs.

Albion (10-6 overall, and 3-1 against MIAA rivals) travels to Grand Rapids on Friday for a match against the nationally-ranked squad from Calvin College.

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