PLYMOUTH, INDIANA â€“ The Ancilla College volleyball team made a valiant effort at a comeback attempt against Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Western Conference opponent Lake Michigan College, but came up shy of a victory, losing 25-23, 25-23, 24-26, 18-25, 15-13.
It couldnâ€™t have been a much closer match. Four of the five sets were decided by the minimum two point margin of victory.
Ancilla (7-16, 0-8 MCCAA) held the largest lead in any of the contests in the first set when they jumped out to a 14-4 lead. Unfortunately for the Lady Chargers, LMC (17-18, 2-6 MCCAA) came back to tie the set at 23 and win 25-23.
Neither team held more than a 3 point lead in the second set, which was again won by LMC 25-23.
In the third set Ancilla held four point leads of 7-3 and 13-9, was tied by the visiting Indians at 19, but held on to win 26-24.
Set number four was dominated by the host Chargers. Ancilla jumped out to a 12-6 lead after the first rotation through the lineup and finished strong with the largest set differential of the night, winning 25-18.
The final set was a back-and-forth affair. Neither team led by more than two points at any time. At the side change, Ancilla led 8-7. But, the Indians held strong and outscored the Chargers 8-5 in the final 13 points, including the final four points, to come away with a 15-13 set victory and the match.
â€śThe girls lost a tough one tonight,â€ť started Ancilla coach Lana Singleton. â€śWe played hard and with heart and every single team member contributed. We just have to learn how to finish and have the confidence to play to win.â€ť
Ancilla reached season highs in digs (115), blocks (17), and assists (52) while matching their season high in kills (54) in the match.
Alyssa Suter led Ancilla at the net with a career high 5.5 blocks and nine kills. Lauren Krempec led the Chargers with 10 kills, while Miranda Hammons and Brandy Sechrist added nine kills each. Five defenders came up with double digit dig totals, including Brooke Mathias (22), Nicole Trudell and Hammons (18 each), Krempec (16), and Danielle Burge (14). Demi Schrader, who came into the match averaging under seven assists per set, dished out a career high 45 assists (9 aps).
Ancilla (7-16, 0-8 MCCAA) travels to Kalamazoo Valley Community College (9-12, 4-4 MCCAA) on Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. They will play in the Prairie State Invitational over the weekend before returning home to face Kellogg Community College (19-8, 6-2 MCCAA) on Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. Ancilla plays their home matches in the Charger Arena at the LifePlex of Plymouth, Indiana.