(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The Cornerstone women's volleyball team fought hard for nearly two hours before dropping a nail biter to nationally ranked Madonna on Thursday night. The No. 9 Crusaders came into the contest leading the conference with a 4-0 WHAC record and an overall mark of 15-1. But the accolades and hype of the visiting opponents did nothing to intimidate the host team as the CU women came out on fire winning the first two games of the evening.
The Golden Eagles (9-12, 1-3) took game one 25-21 and kept things rolling through game two as they inched closer to a major upset with a 25-16 victory. From then on, Madonna showed their resiliency as they turned up their intensity and battled back to win the next three games and the match. In game three and four, the Crusaders seemed to control the tempo as they won by scores of 25-14 and 25-13. In the last game of the night, both teams played in front of energetic crowds as the visiting team escaped with a 15-11
In the stat column, the Golden Eagles were slightly edged by the Crusaders in each category. Becky Albrecht and Alicia TerHaar led Cornerstone's attack at the net with 14 and 13 kills respectively. Albrecht also led the defensive charge as she collected 16 digs on the night. Marcie Blacquiere, Holly Cousins and TerHaar each added 11 digs while Blacquiere also tallied 38 assists. Katie McKee stayed solid at the net finishing with nine kills and played a part in six blocks.
The Golden Eagles have the weekend off before returning to action on Tuesday, September 29th when they host Siena Heights at 7:00pm. Fans can show their support of the Cornerstone volleyball team by dressing in Hawaiian attire.