Marissa Boyer
Marissa Boyer
Women's Volleyball - Sat, Oct. 7, 2017

CCAC Crossover

After a strong start, the Bees let a pair of potential wins slip away while hosting a CCAC Crossover event Friday and Saturday in both Lee Lohman Arena and the new Wellness and Recreation Center.

St. Ambrose opened with a 25-14, 25-12, 25-13 win over Calumet St. Joseph before stumbling with five-set losses to both St. Francis (Ill.) and Indiana South Bend.

SAU is now 10-11 overall and 6-3 in the conference.

Behind seven kills from Riley Hummert and six from Natalie Bochenek, the Bees rolled over Calumet Friday afternoon. Neither player committed a hitting error in the straight-set win. Abby Happ, London Williams and Michaela Hayes each put down five kills, while Brittney Rogers and Becca Lilley ended with three apiece.

Marissa Boyer had a match-best 22 assists and Morgan Twing handed out 13. Emma Marshall collected a match-best eight digs. Rogers and Clarissa Blick each managed six digs.

The Bees came back from a 2-1 deficit against St. Francis Friday night before ultimately falling in five 25-21, 14-25, 25-14, 22-25, 15-10.

After rallying from an 8-3 deficit to lead throughout much of the middle stages of the fourth set, SAU trailed 21-20 late. But kills from Allie Brent and Hummert put the Bees in front 22-21, and Happ and Hummert had kills late to force a decisive fifth set.

A Happ kill would give St. Ambrose its final lead at 4-3 in the fifth. St. Francis won three straight points for a 6-4 lead before extending to an 11-7 edge. SAU got no closer than three points from there.

Hummert led the Bees with 14 kills and Happ had a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs. Brent put down eight kills. Boyer (23) and Twing (21) combined for 44 of the team's 49 assists. Jenna Laxton paced the team with 24 digs.

The event ended with more heartbreak Saturday as St. Ambrose squandered a 2-0 lead in a 19-25, 22-25, 25-12, 26-24, 15-10 loss to Indiana South Bend.

The Bees controlled the first two sets before coming out flat in the third. Late in the fourth, trailing 20-10, St. Ambrose finally revived. A 10-1 run, highlighted by three kills from Blick, two kills from Hummert, two aces from Boyer and a block from Blick and Emily Moushon, cut the deficit to a single point at 21-20. Back-to-back Titan hitting errors drew the teams even at 24-24. But just like that, the momentum switched back. Indiana South Bend won the final two points of the fourth to extend the match into the fifth. And the Titans raced to leads of 4-1 and 8-2 before prevailing 15-10.

Hummert and Blick led the team in kills with 14 and 12, respectively. Twing had 23 assists and Boyer added 19. Laxton (20), Hummert (16) and Happ (11) each reached double digits in digs.

SAU will face a big match Tuesday night at CCAC North Division-leading Saint Xavier. The Cougars are the hottest team in the conference and will take an 11-match winning streak into the 7 p.m. battle.