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SMC Volleyball: Belles go winless in two MIAA matchups

Andrew Owens | Monday, September 27, 2010

The Belles fell to conference foes Alma and Adrian, 3-0 and 3-1, respectively, over the weekend to extend their losing streak to five matches.

On Friday night, Saint Mary’s (3-11, 1-5 MIAA) traveled to conference opponent Alma College. The Scots started off strong and never looked back, taking the match 3-0 (25-12, 25-7, 25-18). Alma (10-4, 5-1 MIAA) jumped out in front from the beginning and played consistently throughout.

Belles freshman Hailee Leitz picked up ten assists while sophomore teammate Stephanie Bodien added five kills.

The Belles did not have much time to prepare for their match Saturday against Adrian, with a turnaround time of less than 24 hours.

Saint Mary’s dropped a tight match to the Bulldogs (5-7, 2-4 MIAA, falling 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-19) on Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldogs dropped the first set before taking each of the last three to claim the win.

Adrian pulled off a comeback in the third set to swing the momentum in the match.

Junior Lindsey Stuss led the way for the Belles with 12 kills. Leitz once again paced the team with 28 assists. Bodien and seniors Meghann Rose and Ellen Huelsmann all finished in double figures for digs. Bodien also had a team-high three aces on the day.

The Belles sit seventh in the MIAA standings, with ten conference games remaining this season.

The Belles’ next match is Wednesday when they travel to Trine University.