ALMA, Mich. – When the Adrian College volleyball team needed a statement win they got it on Tuesday night at Alma College. The Bulldogs pulled even on the season at 11-11 and also evened their conference record at 4-4 with a 25-18, 17-25, 25-16, 25-17 victory over the Scots (12-8, 5-3).
Alma jumped ahead 10-8 in the first set in a back-and-forth exchange early. Adrian took over the lead on the serve of senior Stephanie Holloman who started at 12-12 and finished at 16-13. The Bulldogs kept that lead and finally finished 25-18 on two miscues by Alma to end the set.
The Scots evened the match in the second set building a 9-6 lead before an Adrian timeout. Alma increased their lead to 20-13 on a few service aces by Katie Bourbonnais and Megan Ballantyne. Bourbonnais recorded a kill for the 24th point and a service error by the Bulldogs ended the second set.
Adrian built an early 6-3 lead in the third set after a kill by junior Carly Tyson and two kills by junior Ellie Mindick. Mindick's hot set continued later with three kills to extend Adrian's lead to 12-7. A kill by freshman Jordan Brisson at 16-9 prompted an Adrian timeout and after the break scored two more points to take an 18-9 lead. Mindick had a kill for the 22nd point and 24th point before an attack error by the Scots ended the third set.
The Bulldogs sealed the win in the fourth set by jumping out to a 9-3 lead as sophomore Andrea Phillips and junior Casey Donovan served during the run. Each player also had a service ace during the run. Alma called their first and only timeout down 15-7 after another Phillips ace. Adrian cruised from there leading by no less than five points for the remainder of the set.
Mindick finished the match with 10 kills and a .455 attack percentage. Brisson led the team with 13 kills and hit .182 for the match. Sophomore Linnea Berriman added seven kills and five block assists. Phillips registered 16 digs and four aces. Tyson led the team with 19 assists and also had four kills and three digs. Junior Kristi Walker led the team with 22 digs and also had two aces. Adrian hit .179 for the match and had eight team blocks.