The Golden Eagle volleyball team concluded regular season play on Thursday evening at home against the Crusaders of Madonna in a 3-0 loss to the visiting squad. The Crusaders received a No. 21 national ranking in the latest NAIA poll and wrapped up second place in the WHAC heading into the conference tournament. Cornerstone showed their toughness despite the hype and made the visitors work for the match victory.
In game one, Madonna started with a 5-1 lead but the Golden Eagles stayed close throughout the set before the Crusaders pulled away in the end for a 25-18 victory.
In the second set, Madonna once again started strong gaining a 10-2 advantage in the early going. The CU women were unable to overcome the deficit and took a 25-8 loss.
In the final game of the night, the Golden Eagles turned the tables and held the early lead before Madonna knotted the score at 13 each. From there, the nationally ranked Crusaders held their position and escaped with a 25-21 victory over the threatening home team.
The Golden Eagles collected 26 kills on the night which were scattered nearly equally amongst the attackers. Megan April and Alicia TerHaar led the way with six apiece followed by Amy Vanderwal (5), Jodi Grandholm (5), and Kate Zwier (4). Becky Albrecht plated up 22 assists on the night while also tallying five digs. Abby Miedema and Kate Zwier led the defensive front as Miedema had 12 digs and Zwier played a part in four blocks. Lauren Pierce and Grandholm also each contributed five digs.
Cornerstone had a short presentation between games to honor their seniors, thanking them for their contribution to the CU program over the years. Alicia TerHaar, Sarah Miller, and Kim Totten all played their last home game in Mol Arena but look to do damage with their teammates in the conference tournament which begins next week.
CU will kick off the action on Tuesday, November 9th at Aquinas College at 7:00 PM. The winner of the match will advance in bracket play to take on Madonna at Indiana Tech on Friday at 6:00 PM. The Golden Eagles finished their regular season with a 15-24 overall record and 6-10 in conference action.