NEW ULM - In a battle of 4-1 teams in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, St. Scholastica got the best of the Martin Luther College volleyball team with a 25-10, 25-21, 25-17 sweep.
St. Scholastica took the energy out of the home gym early by taking the first set 25-10. St. Scholastica registered just nine kills to MLC's seven, but the Knights committed eight more errors in the opening set.
"The first set was frustrating because they only had nine kills and we only had seven," MLC coach Rebecca Cox said. "It was a hitting error issue on our part, but not taking anything away from St. Scholastica, they are a good team."
The final two sets saw the Knights fail to get over the hump against the Saints.
"We would get a few things going, then they would go on a little run and we would fight back, but we couldn't quite close that gap," said Cox.
One reason for MLC's inability to close the gap was the play of St. Scholastica senior Anna Zyvoloski, who finished with 17 kills and 10 digs.
"We just couldn't find an answer for her. She just continued to take it right at us," said Cox.
For MLC, Rebecca Engelbrecht and Rachel Hein had seven kills apiece, with Hein also adding three blocks. Miranda Maasz had 23 set assists for the Knights, while Jen Draeger and MacCartney Mendola led the way in digs with 12 and 11, respectively.
With the loss, MLC falls to 10-9 overall and 4-2 in the UMAC. MLC takes the court at 1 p.m. today against Northland College.