CHICAGO – In a match that featured tight sets all the way through, the University of Chicago volleyball team lost to Illinois Wesleyan University 3-1 on Tuesday night.
The Maroons fell to 3-4 on the season while the No. 17-ranked Titans (7-1) won their seventh-straight match.
IWU 3, UChicago 1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20)
A back-and-forth first set ensued that switched momentum each time one team got ahead. UChicago was on the verge of snatching the opener with a 23-20 lead. However, three IWU kills and three UChicago attack errors gave the visitors the first set, 26-24.
The second set resembled the first with a tie at 14-14. The Maroons soon pulled ahead 19-16 and against at 21-19. A big double block followed by an attack error gave UChicago separation and the home side evened the match, 25-21.
At 12-12 in the third set, the Titans scored three points in-a-row. The Maroons quickly countered with five-straight points to go ahead 17-15. But IWU answered right back by taking six of the next seven. The visitors went ahead 2-1 on sets with a 25-22 victory.
IWU finished the night off in the fourth set, making its move after a 10-10 tie. A 7-2 run put the Titans in control until the Maroons rallied to pull within 19-18. Two kills and a block ended the match for IWU at 25-20.
UChicago scored 50 kills with 27 errors for a team hitting percentage of .116 on the night. The Maroons collected a season-high nine blocks on the night, but committed 10 service errors versus four aces.
Sophomore outside hitter Audrey Scrafford led the offense with a season-high 14 kills. Freshman outside hitter Anabella Pinton established a new career-high with 12 kills to go with 15 digs. Senior setter Erin Risk put up season bests of 43 assists and 16 digs, while senior libero Mary Claire Tuohy crossed the 30-dig threshold for the first time this year (31).
IWU hit .146 overall (57-28-198) with nine blocks and three aces.
UChicago Stat Leaders
Audrey Scrafford (So.) – 14 kills, 4 digs, 3 blocks
Anabella Pinton (Fr.) – 12 kills, 15 digs
Sarah Muisenga (So.) – 10 kills, 17 digs, 3 blocks
Katie LaPorte (Sr.) – 10 kills, 9 digs, 4 blocks
Erin Risk (Sr.) – 43 assists, 16 digs, 2 blocks
Mary Claire Tuohy (Sr.) – 31 digs, 2 aces
- Saturday, Sept. 17 – UChicago vs. Carroll University, 2 PM / UChicago at Carthage College, 4 PM