ADRIAN, Mich. – The Adrian College volleyball team fell in two tightly contested matches on Saturday and the lost 3-1(13-25, 12-25, 27-25, 25-17) to Kalamazoo and 3-2(18-25, 25-21, 28-30, 25-20, 12-15) to Manchester. The Bulldogs record is now 9-11 overall and 3-7 in the MIAA.
In the first match of the day, the Bulldogs feel behind early to Kalamazoo before battling back to take the third set. The Hornets were too much in the fourth set and they were able to hold off Adrian. In the second match of the day, the Bulldogs and Spartans battled back-and-forth trading wins each set. In all, there were 31 tie scores and 19 lead changes in the five sets.
On the day, sophomore Kelly MacDonald led the Bulldogs with 18 kills including a season-high 11 against Manchester. MacDonald added in 14 digs to go along with three blocks and two aces. Rebecca Tincknell, a senior, had 17 kills in the two matches and getting 15 digs and knocking down four blocks. Fellow senior Beth Donovan had a season-high 11 kills against Manchester and finished the day with 15 kills, 10 digs, two aces and two blocks. Freshman Ashley VanHouten had a solid day as she had seven kills while smashing down seven blocks. Stephanie Holloman, a sophomore, had a big day as she led the team in blocks with eight on the day, including a match-high six against Manchester.
Senior Jamie Taylor led the Bulldogs in digs with 36 for the two matches, including a match-high 21 against Kalamazoo. Sophomore Kristy DeClercq helped the defense with 26 digs and aiding the offense with a team-high 31 assists. Junior Joanna Slisinger was second on the team with 26 assists.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Wednesday, October 13 at 6:30 p.m. as they travel to Alma College.