Cornell Hands Foresters First MWC Loss of the Year

Photo by Abby King
Photo by Abby King

Senior libero Emily Witz reached double figures in digs for the 20th time in 21 matches this season but the Lake Forest College volleyball team was defeated 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 by Cornell College at home on Saturday.

Witz finished with 18 digs and did not commit a receiving error in 21 chances. Junior Olivia Rhodes added a dozen digs and tallied 22 assists on the afternoon. Senior Grace Larson led the home team with 13 kills and junior Hannah Hornacek chipped in with eight kills and a team-high three aces.

The Foresters led the opening set by five points early on and by a score of 12-10 before the Rams took charge with a 12-2 run. The teams traded points the rest of the way.

Set two was similar, with the home team leading by four in the early going and 12-11 before Cornell pulled ahead with a 6-2 run. Kills by Rhodes and Hornacek trimmed the margin to three at 20-17 but the Foresters got no closer.

Lake Forest also started strong in the third and final set, taking the first four points. The visitors closed to within one at 13-12 before three straight points by the Foresters widened the gap to four. The home team had a 23-20 lead before Cornell rallied for five consecutive points to take the set and the match.

The Foresters are now 9-12 overall and 2-1 in Midwest Conference play this season. It was the 31st consecutive conference victory for Cornell , which improved to 9-7 overall and 4-0 in the league.

Lake Forest will continue MWC play in Wisconsin next weekend, visiting Lawrence University Friday night at 7:00 and St. Norbert College at 1:00 Saturday afternoon.

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