The Carthage College women’s volleyball made a valiant comeback Saturday in the championship match of the NCAA Division III Bloomington Regional, but fell just short in a 25-16, 26-17, 21-25, 19-25, 15-9 loss to Calvin at Bloomington, Ill.
After losing the first two matches, the Lady Reds (27-9) got their offense going, with hitting percentages of .239 in game three and .273 in game four. But in the fifth game, Calvin (29-3) reasserted itself and hit .308 compared to Carthage’s .051.
Sophomore Shannon Kebisek led the Lady Reds with 13 kills and senior Mallory Parsons had 12. Ellie LeCount, a sophomore setter and St. Catherine’s High School graduate, had 35 assists and two aces, and senior libero Luci Krenzke, a Racine resident and Greenfield High School graduate, led the team with 24 digs in her last college volleyball match.
Calvin was led by Sarah DeVries with 16 kills.
UW-PARKSIDE: The Rangers closed their season on a strong note, beating Southern Indiana 25-20, 25-22, 11-25, 25-22 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match on Senior Day in the DeSimone Gymnasium on the Parkside campus in Somers.
Senior outside hitter Lexi Turek, who passed 1,000 kills in her career in Friday night’s 3-2 loss to Bellarmine, had a huge day for Parkside (13-17, 8-10 GLVC) in her final collegiate match. Turek had 14 kills, four blocks and a .609 hitting percentage (23 attacks, 14 kills, no errors).
Rachel Hedman had 15 kills, Horlick High School graduate Katie Adams had 43 assists and Annie Leo had 21 digs for the Rangers.
Adams, who had 56 assists Friday night to pass the season 1,000-assist mark, has 1,070 assists, sixth best in a season for Parkside.
Friday, the Rangers took Bellarmine (23-7, 13-5 GLVC) to five games before losing 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-13 in a GLVC match at Somers.
Turek had 19 kills and became the first Rangers player since 2005 to pass the career 1,000-kill mark. Hedman added 18 kills for Parkside (12-17, 7-10 GLVC). Adams had 56 assists and Leo had 29 digs.
CARTHAGE: Running in temperatures around 40 degrees, the men’s team had six runners post career-best times and the Red Men finished 13th in the 36-team NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Meet at the Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Ill.
The Carthage women’s team had four career-best times and finished 20th.
Dan Cotton was the top men’s finisher for Carthage, taking 55th place in a career-best 24:54.7.
The top finisher for the Lady Reds was Alanna Vargas, who was 59th in a career-best 22:26.2. Senior Maddy Schwartz, a Union Grove High School graduate, finished 129th in 23:39.1, in her final college cross country race.
Carthage will find out Sunday whether it will receive one of 16 at-large bids or have any individuals qualify for the Division III national meet.