FOND DU LAC, Wis. - The Beloit College volleyball team topped Marian University Tuesday night in a five-set match (20-25, 28-26, 19-25, 25-17, 15-10) to win their fifth straight and improve to 7-3 on the season.
After the host school took the early lead with a first set win, Beloit bounced back for a hard fought second set win. Beloit trailed by as much as five, 12-7, before coming back to tie up the set 14-14. From that point, the teams traded the lead until Marian was able to get a 22-20 advantage. The teams again traded points until Coach Lehua Kadooka was forced to call a timeout with the Bucs trailing 23-21. An ace for the Sabres out of the timeout gave Marian set point at 24-21, but the Bucs refused to fold. An attack error was followed up by a kill from Regina Guehlstorf to make it 24-23. Beloit knotted the set after another Sabre miscue, but Marian bounced back to regain the lead 25-24. Eva Laun-Smith swung the momentum back into the hands of the Buccaneers hammering down a kill followed a yet another Sabre attack error to give Beloit a 26-25 lead and force a Marian timeout. This time a Bucs miscue out of the break in play tied the game 26-26 but Laun-Smith gave Beloit two kills. Paige Wimbrow capitalized with an ace to seal the win for Beloit.
After dropping the second set, Beloit took advantage of a number of Marian errors to win set No. 3 with Jade Mosquera's service ace.
Kills from Aryssa Harris and Laun-Smith sandwiched a Sabre miscue to give Beloit an early 3-0 lead in the fifth set. Marian battled back to trail by just one, 8-7, when the teams switched sides. The Bucs continued to capitalize on costly Marian errors with Harris producing the final point with a kill.
The Sabres outhit the Bucs 61-31 for kills but Beloit limited their errors as Marian tallied 65 unforced errors. The Bucs also held a 14-4 advantage in blocks.
Laun-Smith led Beloit offensively with 17 kills and tied for match-high honors with teammate Guehlstorf with four block assists. Wimbrow set up the Buccaneer attackers with 33 assists adding four aces in the five-setter. Mosquera led the Bucs defensively in the backcourt with 21 digs followed by Laun-Smith with 19. Amanda Baran and Wimbrow also registered double figure dig numbers with 12 and 13 respectively,
• MOSQUERA SALUTED: First-year defensive specialist/libero Jade Mosquera has been named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week for volleyball following her performance in five matches last week.
Mosquera registered 80 digs over the five-match span including posting double digit digs in the final three matches of the week. At the Blue Angels Bash hosted by Mount Mary University in Milwaukee over the weekend, Mosquera notched 24 digs on the opening day and ended the tournament with back-to-back matches with more than 20 digs leading Beloit to a 4-0 record at the tournament.
In addition to leading the defensive backcourt for the Bucs, Mosquera tallied seven aces over the week including a four ace match against Eureka College Saturday.