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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The Cornerstone women's volleyball team got as close as they could to an upset before falling to the visitors of Indiana Tech on Tuesday night. The league leading Warriors came into the game with an undefeated (7-0) conference record and ranked 25th in the most recent NAIA national ratings.
The Warriors came into the match with the momentum as they scored the first point in game one and never trailed going on to win 25-20. In game two, Cornerstone rallied early before eventually falling 26-24. After winning games one and two, it looked as though the Warriors would walk out with a sweep as they led 24-22 in game three. But one point was all the difference as the Golden Eagles were able to rally from behind and force another game with a 28-26 victory. In game four, CU started early and held a 23-14 lead before Indiana Tech picked up their tempo and went on a 7-0 run to lessen the initial blow. Cornerstone was able to hold on in the end and won the set 25-23 going into game five. In the final game, there were five lead changes and five ties as both teams were playing with all out effort. In the end, the Warriors were able to make the final run as they escaped with an 18-16 victory to win the match. The Golden Eagles were led on the day by Marcie Blacquiere who finished with a .355 hit percentage on 31 attempts. Blacquiere collected 11 kills, 43 assists, and 18 digs. Alicia TerHaar led the team with 12 kills followed by Katie McKee with 11 and Holly Cousins with 10. Kayla Wilson led the defense with 23 digs while Cousins also contributed with 21. TerHaar and McKee each added six blocks.
Cornerstone will return to action this weekend with a tournament at St. Francis of Illinois.