ST. PAUL - The Martin Luther College volleyball team split the opening day at Bethel University's two-day tournament, winning 3-2 against St. Olaf in the first match before losing 3-0 to Bethel in the nightcap.
MLC 3, St. Olaf 2
The Knights won the opening match in come-from-behind fashion against St. Olaf by the score of 25-22, 22-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-12.
St. Olaf took command of the match late in the third set, winning ten of the final 13 points to take a 2-1 lead in the match, but the Knights dominated the fourth set to force a fifth, and then pulled away to finish the match.
MLC received strong performances up and down the line-up, led by setter Miranda Maasz. Massz finished a match-high 59 assists and 20 digs, and helped the Knights finish the day with an attack percentage of .277.
Rebecca Engelbrecht was on the receiving end of a number of those Maasz assists, as she finished with a match-high 25 kills and hit .404 for the match. Middle hitters Leah Nass (16 kills) and Heather Danell (15 kills) also had strong performances, while outside hitter Kayla Schoeneck added ten kills.
Bethel 3, MLC 0
The Knights were unable to overcome a strong Bethel team in the second match, losing 3-0 by the score of 25-16, 25-21, 25-23.
MLC was unable to slow down the Bethel attack, which finished with an attack percentage of .261. Engelbrecht led the team with eight kills. Schoeneck and Danell added six and five kills, respectively, and Engelbrecht and Danell each finished with four blocks.
With the split, the Knights' record is now 3-3 on the season. They will return to action Saturday when they play two more games at Bethel.