ADRIAN, Mich. – The Bulldogs hosted Alma College and the University of Mount Union Friday night for their first home matches of 2014. Adrian got off to a fast start as they took the first set against the Scots, but did not manage to capitalize for the remainder of the evening as Alma took out the Bulldogs, 3-1 to put the Adrian at 0-2 in the MIAA on the season. Mount Union then followed this by topping Adrian, 3-0, to leave their overall record for 2014 at 2-5.
The first match of the night for Adrian was their MIAA home opener against Alma. The Bulldogs took the first set, 25-19, by jumping out early to a 2-1 lead as that they would maintain throughout the set. Adrian would build on this lead by going on multiple four-point runs that left the Scots behind for good. Alma would then rebound by taking the next three sets despite a hard fought effort from the Bulldogs. Adrian fell in the second set, 25-18, but the final two sets came down to the final point. The Bulldogs would build an early 7-3 lead in the third set but the Scots recovered from this deficit with a five-point run to take the lead, 8-7. The teams would play to a tied score four times for the remainder of this set, but Alma would outlast Adrian, 25-23. The final set saw more back and forth play as this set would see the teams play to a tied score nine times. The Bulldogs would break through for a late 21-19 advantage that the Scots would overcome taking the final two points to take out Adrian, 25-23, for the set and 3-1 for the match.
The second match of the night for Adrian was a tough matchup against the eighth ranked Mount Union Raiders. The Raiders came out strong in all three sets against the Bulldogs as they took Adrian out, 3-0. Adrian fell behind early in all three sets and they could not battle back into the lead. Tough defense and effective offense from the Raiders was enough to overcome the Bulldogs as Adrian fell 25-10, 25-13, 25-15.
Jordan Brisson led the Bulldogs with eight kills, seven digs and one block. Marisa Dion totaled 22 assists and seven digs while Margo Joubran recorded six kills and two digs.
The Bulldogs will see action again tomorrow, September 6, when they travel to take on Olivet College at 5 p.m.