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(Grand Rapids, Mich.) The Cornerstone volleyball women met up with Aquinas College Wednesday evening for a crosstown thriller but were unable to take advantage of their home court as they fell to the Saints 3-1.
In the opener, both teams battled back and forth as neither team led by more than two points until Cornerstone took a 15-12 advantage midway through. Following an Aquinas timeout, the Saints began and rally and went on to win the set 25-19 after a 13-4 run.
The second set showed much of the same in the early going as both teams could only gain a lead by a handful of points. After being locked at 14 all, the Golden Eagles turned up the intensity and evened the series 1-1 with a 25-17 victory.
In game three, the CU women gave up the first point on the board on a missed serve and were never able to gain the lead. The Golden Eagles trailed by nine points (19-10) before making a comeback bid that fell just short as they got within one point of the lead (21-20) before the eventual 25-20 defeat.
In the fourth and final game of the night, the Golden Eagles gave up six straight points to the Saints before recording one of their own. Cornerstone continued to battle nonetheless and got within one point with a score of 9-8. That was as close as the home team would come as the visitors went on to win the game and the match by a score of 25-19.
The Cornerstone attack was led by Abby Miedema who finished the night with 14 kills and 10 digs. Alicia TerHaar followed closely behind with 10 kills and 10 digs of her own. Setters Tamara Bethke (18) and Erin Greenwood (14) combined for 32 of the teams 38 assists. Kate Zwier played a part in six blocks at the net.
The Golden Eagles' record falls to 8-14 overall and 2-4 in the WHAC. Cornerstone will continue with conference action Thursday night at 7:00 when they travel to Fort Wayne to take on the conference leading Warriors of Indiana Tech. The Golden Eagles will look to hand the Warriors their first conference loss as they currently stand at 6-0. Indiana Tech is also representing the WHAC nationally as they hold a No. 15 ranking in the NAIA.