(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The Cornerstone women's volleyball team dropped a tough match in three games to visiting Aquinas on Wednesday night. With homecoming activities taking place all week on Cornerstone University's campus, student fans showed up dressed in 80's attire excited to support their Golden Eagles. In front of a packed house, CU's play on the court lived up to the hype though they were unable to knock off the cross-town rivals.
In game one, Aquinas started early and led for the first 27 combined points before the Golden Eagles knotted the score at 14. Cornerstone took its first lead of the night going up 21-20 on a Becky Albrecht kill. The Saints regained the lead two points later and went on to win 25-23.
It looked as though the tables were turning in game two as CU jumped out to a 7-2 lead. After a timeout by the visitors, the Saints started a rally and tied the score at 11 before making a 7-2 run of their own. Trailing 13-18, the Golden Eagles were unable to overcome the deficit dropping the contest 25-20.
In game three, the players and fans stayed relentless with their efforts on the court and in the stands despite trailing by two games. In the early stages of the game, the tempo went back and forth as both teams traded points. Aquinas put together a final run to seal the match with a 25-21 victory.
The Golden Eagles were led on the night by Marcie Blacquiere who finished the match with 27 assists, 10 digs, and six kills on 10 attempts. Jodi Grandholm and Albrecht finished with nine kills apiece while Alicia TerHaar added eight. TerHaar and teammate Holly Cousins each tallied 11 digs with Kayla Wilson collecting nine.
With the loss, Cornerstone drops to an overall record of 12-13 and 4-4 in conference play. The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday when they travel to Clarke College (IA) for a weekend tournament. CU will return home on October 13th to take on Indiana Tech at 7:00pm.