Volleyball: Macalester wins twice on final day in New Jersey
HOBOKEN, NJ – The Macalester College volleyball team closed out the Castle Point Challenge with victories over Wentworth Institute of Technology and host Stevens Tech on Saturday at Canavan Arena. The two wins give the Scots a perfect 3-0 record in the Castle Point Challenge and improve their overall record to 9-4 on the season.
In the first match of the day, Macalester lost the opening set to Wentworth, 27-25, before winning the final three sets, 25-14, 25-19, 25-21. Second year Adisa Preston (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) had seven kills in the final set to finish with a season-best 16 kills for the game. Senior Elisa King (Novato, Calif./San Marino), second year Gwen Wooten (Allen, Texas/Allen) and first year Avery Rahe (Olathe, Kan./Olathe East) each had seven kills, while King added 12 digs. First year Maya Mortenson (Minneapolis, Minn./Spring Lake Park) and sophomore Nicole Norton (Brussels, Wis./Southern Door) shared setup duties and had 23 and 16 assists respectively. Second year Torrance Williams (Houston, Texas/Yes Prep Northbrook) with 19 digs, and Rahe with four blocks led the Scots defense.
Against the host Ducks, Macalester won the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-23 before losing the next two sets, 25-23 and 29-27, setting up a decisive fifth set. Preston had three kills in each of the first two sets and Rahe had four kills in the second set to give the Scots a two-set lead. After falling in the third set, Macalester held off four times in the fourth set before losing 29-27. Wooten had five kills in the fourth set. In the final set, the Scots trailed 10-5 before finishing with a 10-3 run to win the set and the match. Wooten registered four of Macalester’s seven kills in the set, while Mortenson had two key service aces in the Scots victory.
Wooten led the Scots with a season-high 13 eliminations, with Rahe contributing 12 eliminations and four blocks. Preston finished with 11 kills and King recorded 10 kills and eight digs. Mortenson dished out 43 assists to go with nine digs and four blocks. Defensively, Williams racked up 20 digs and second Stephanie Geber (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo) recorded six blocks.
Macalester opens the MIAC game on Wednesday September 21 against Gustavus at home. The game starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Leonard Center.