Madonna used a strong attack and a solid defense to down Cornerstone, 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 27-25), stopping the Golden Eagles undefeated conference record on Wednesday in Livonia, Michigan.
The Cornerstone volleyball team held a 3-0 record to start conference play with wins over Aquinas, Lourdes, and Lawrence Tech. After Wednesday night's tough conference battle, the Golden Eagles drop to 3-1 in the conference and 9-3 overall. The Crusaders advance to 4-0 in the conference and 17-4 overall.
For the match, Madonna hit .167 with 37 kills and also added 46 digs. Cornerstone attacked at a .054 clip and led the Crusaders, 47-46, in digs.
Chelsea Lake recorded a team-high eight kills to go along with a team-high 12 digs. Cailie Johnson and Abby Miedema were also in double-digit figures with 10 digs apiece. Kim Weaver dished out 22 assists in addition to five kills.
Madonna took an early lead in set one and stayed ahead until the Golden Eagles battled back midway through to tie the first set, 16-16. After a Crusader kill, Madonna cruised the rest of the way with the final point coming off a Crusader block to end the set, 25-21, in favor of Madonna.
During set two, the score tilted back-and-forth as the teams battled their way through the set. After three straight Madonna errors, Cornerstone took a 16-15 advantage. However, after a Crusader kill to even the match at 16's, Madonna took a lead 24-21. Cornerstone pulled within one on an ace, 24-23, however the set ended on a Crusader kill for the 25-23 win for the home team.
A strong start in set three, built an early 11-5 lead for the Crusaders of Madonna University. The Golden Eagles chipped away at the lead highlighting back-to-back blocks by Cailie Johnson, Murphy Heyer, and Kim Weaver to cut the Madonna lead to just two, 19-17. Cornerstone had the chance at set point, 24-23, but two Golden Eagle errors gave the Crusaders the 25-24 advantage. Following two Madonna kills and a block, the Crusaders took the match out of the hands of the Golden Eagles, giving the Crusaders the 27-25 win.
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