Allie Brent
Allie Brent
Trinity International Univ.
St. Ambrose
Women's Volleyball - Thu, Sep. 21, 2017

St. Ambrose moved to 4-0 in the CCAC with a four-set win over Trinity International Thursday night at Lee Lohman Arena.

The Bees stumbled in the opening set before recovering for the 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-19 win to move to 8-7 overall on the year. St. Ambrose is just one of two undefeated teams in conference play, along with Trinity Christian, and the lone unbeaten in the North Division.

SAU was powered by Riley Hummert, Allie Brent and Clarissa Blick. The three combined for 39 kills and just six hitting errors in helping the team to its best conference start since the 2009 team ran through the Midwest Collegiate Conference with a perfect 8-0 mark.

Down a set and trailing 18-16 in the second, the Bees found their footing.

A TIU hitting error was followed by an Abby Happ kill. Then Brent and Blick combined for a block to put the Bees in front 19-18. Two kills from Hummert and another from Brent pushed the lead to 23-20. After another Trojan miscue, Emily Moushon evened the match at a set apiece with a kill.

St. Ambrose dominated from there. Blick and Natalie Bochenek had kills and Hummert an ace as part of a five-point run that opened a 12-6 lead in the third set. Trinity International (10-7, 2-2 CCAC) got to within two points before the Bees answered with three straight points and coasted from there.

Happ sparked a run in the fourth. With the lead at 14-13, she put down her first of two kills during a 5-0 spurt. Blick also had two kills and Brent put down one to extend the lead to 19-13. Brent and Hummert combined for five kills over the Bees' final six points to close out the win.

Hummert collected a match-high 15 kills. Brent had 13 kills without a hitting error in 17 chances. Blick also reached double figures with 11 kills. Happ finished eight.

Marissa Boyer led all players with30 assists and Morgan Twing added 15. Jenna Laxton (12) and Hummert (11) paced the team in digs.

SAU will take a break from conference play to visit Clarke Monday at 7 p.m. The next night, the Bees return to CCAC action with a 7 p.m. match at Robert Morris.