Women’s Volleyball Drops a Pair at Carthage Tourney

Women’s Volleyball Drops a Pair at Carthage Tourney

KENOSHA, Wisconsin – The MSOE women's volleyball team saw its opponents hit .340 and .400 as a team as it dropped a pair of three-set matches on the second day of the Carthage Invitational Saturday at Tarble Arena.

The Raiders (5-8) hit a season-high .204 in the first match but could not overcome St. Mary's (Minn.) (7-4) .340 attacking in a 25-20, 25-20, 25-14 loss. Then, Chicago (12-1) hit .400 for a 25-16, 25-15, 25-18 victory in the final match of the day.

In the opener, senior Heather Dukat led the way with nine kills on .353 attacking and seven digs. Senior Hannah Pekarek added six kills and 11 digs for MSOE.

The team committed just 13 errors on 93 attacks with 32 kills to top the .200 mark for the first time this season.

Brandi Blattner had 14 kills with no errors in 25 attacks (.560) to led SMU. Brittney Flom added nine kills and two more players finished with seven each. The Cardinals finished with 46 kills against just 12 errors on 100 attempts.

Facing off with the Maroons, who are receiving votes in the AVCA top 25, senior Elsey Kohlmann provided the bright spot with six service aces and five kills. Pekarek led the team with seven kills and nine digs.

Pekarek is now just eight digs from 1,000 for her career.

Chicago received a match-high 11 kills from Audrey Scrafford while Anne Marie Stifter contributed eight kills and 12 digs.

MSOE hit .112 against the Maroons but seemed no match for an offense that registered just eight errors over 90 attacks with 44 kills.

The Raiders return to action Wednesday with a league match at Rockford.