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SMC Volleyball: Belles end regular season vs. Trine

Eric Prister | Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Saint Mary’s College looks to cap off its season with a victory over conference opponent Trine tonight. The Belles have already clinched a fourth-place finish in the MIAA conference, but will look to improve on their 18-9 overall record and their 9-6 conference mark. Trine is currently in 8th place in the MIAA, but can possibly finish as high as 6th.

This is the second meeting between the Belles and the Thunder this season, with the Belles taking the first match in four games. Senior captain Kaela Hellmann led Saint Mary’s in the first match, accumulating a team-best twenty kills and a match-high fourteen digs.

On the season, junior captain Lorna Slupczynski paces the Belles with 328 kills on the season. Freshman setter Danielle Brink has recorded a team-high 693 assists for the year.

The Thunder are led by senior outside hitter Sallie Richardson, who has notched 443 kills on the season and is averaging 4.82 per game.

This is the Belles’ last game before the MIAA conference tournament, which begins November 4. The tournament, along with the regular season results, will decide which team receives the MIAA’s automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament.

The game will be played tonight at 7 p.m. at Trine in Angola, Ind.