After splitting a tough day on Friday, October 19 with a straight set loss to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a 3-2 hard-fought win over University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Bluejays fell in 3 sets to the Spartans of Aurora University on Saturday afternoon, October 20—their second straight set loss in two days.
Though comebacks would be had throughout the contest, the Spartans, led by outside hitter Karli Chambers, overpowered in almost every aspect of the game.
With a total of 49 kills, 2 aces, 7 blocks, 46 and 52 digs, the Spartans cruised through the 1st set, winning 25-17. The closest the score ever got was 15-12 when the Bluejays closed within three.
The 2nd set was a much closer game, with the Spartans barely escaping with a 26-24 win. The Bluejays stormed back from a tough 10-6 start, using a 6-1 stretch to bring the game to 23-21. But yet again, the Spartans rallied and closed it out in extra points. The 3rd sounded much like the middle set, with the Bluejays closing in on a win with a 20-19 lead. But the Bluejays ran out of gas, and the Spartans grabbed the 25-20 win, closing out the weekend with a sweep over the home team.
Though the Bluejays had a tough weekend at home, head coach Julie Hall had some positive things to say about her squad.
“Our team is super young, super inexperienced, and the goal for us is to get better every day, so even though we took a couple steps back, I think overall, we got better as the weekend went on.”
Junior right-side hitter Bailey Brouwer hung toe-to-toe with Chambers, notching 14 kills, while fellow junior setter Kelly Townsend had 37 assists to match Aurora’s 40 from setter Emily Lines. They currently hold a 10-17 record on the season.
The Bluejays have one more home game of the season against North Park on Wednesday October 24, and then they close out the season with a road game at University of Chicago on Friday, October 26, and with two against Lincoln College and Benedictine at Benedictine University on Saturday, October 27.