WATERTOWN, Wis. - The Rockford University women's volleyball team fell in straight sets on the road Thursday night to the Maranatha Baptist University Sabercats (16-14). Although Rockford was unable to win a set, the Regents played the Sabercats tough.
Rockford opened the match with perhaps one of its best sets of the entire season, pushing the Sabercats to the brink. The Regents seemed to take control early on in the set scoring four straight points, including a pair of aces, off the serve of freshman Jennifer Quintas (Rockford, Ill.). Junior outside hitter Maddison Hiland (Bellevue, Iowa) put the exclamation point on the 4-0 RU run with her second kill of the set to give the Regents a 6-3 lead. The Regents continued to build upon that lead over the next several minutes as Kaylynne Terry (Streator, Ill.) tallied three straight kills to put her team out in front 10-5. Rockford's lead held steady at about 6 points until late in the set when the Sabercats began to rally. With the Regents leading 20-14, Maranatha used an 8-2 run to tie the set at 22-22. The two schools would then trade points over the next several minutes before Maranatha ultimately closed out the set with a 4-1 run win the set and take a 1-0 lead.
The second and third sets did not go quite as well for Rockford as the Regents fell behind early in both and were never quite able to recover. Maranatha opened the second set scoring 14 of the first 18 points to jump out to a commanding 14-4 lead. Rockford was unable to get within striking distance the remainder of the way dropping the second set by a final score of 25-12. The third and final set had a similar feel to it as the Sabercats leapt out to a quick 11-4 advantage. However, this time the Regents were able to fight and claw their way back into the set getting to within three points at 16-13. Unfortunately that was as close as Rockford would get, as the Sabercats ran off five straight points en route to winning the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.
Despite the loss, Rockford still had multiple players turn in excellent individual performances. Freshman Emily Johannes (Eau Claire, Wis.) recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a team-high 10 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore setter Kayla Barthels also tallied her fifth double-double of the season recording a match-high 25 assists and a team-high 14 digs. Jessica Diaz (Bolingbrook, Ill.) and Alex Storey (Dexter, Mich.) each finished with 5 kills and 8 digs, while Kaylynne Terry had 6 kills, 2 digs and 1 solo block.
The RU women's volleyball team will conclude its season at home on Tuesday, October 31 at 6 p.m. against Beloit College. This will be the conclusion of the match that was suspended on September 26th tied at 1-1 with Beloit leading 6-1 in the third set.