Comeback Falls Short for Women’s Volleyball at Kalamazoo

The Illinois Tech Women’s Volleyball team faced Kalamazoo College on September 19. Illinois Tech fell to the Hornets 3-1 to move to 1-8 on the season. Kalamazoo improved to 3-10.

Set Scores

  • KC 3, Illinois Tech 1 (13-25, 19-25, 25-13, 23-25)

How it Happened

  • A 4-0 lead to start the match was all the Hornets needed to gain momentum. Kzoo did not allow the Scarlet Hawks to score consecutive points in the set.
  • The Hornets scored three unanswered to start the second set, but the Scarlet Hawks fought back to take a 7-6 lead on an attack error. After two Hornet points, a 4-0 run vaulted Illinois Tech ahead 11-8. The Hornets went on a 4-0 rally to take the lead for good.
  • The Scarlet Hawks started the third set on a 7-1 run, highlighted by an assisted block featuring Justine Bracco and Alyssa MinerCourtney Darling and Courtney Curcio also aided runs through the set with consecutive aces. Taylor Burton iced the 25-13 set with a kill from Allison Wilkins.
  • The Scarlet Hawks were the first to jump ahead in the fourth set, building four-point leads of 7-3 and 9-5. With Illinois Tech up 10-8 later on, Kalamazoo scored five of the set’s final seven points to stave off the Hawks.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Freshman Karen Marrufo-Zubaran led the team with 11 kills. She also added 14 digs.
  • Curcio (18 digs, two aces) and Sinjin Acuna (16 digs) were strong in the back row.
  • Burton, Bracco, and Phelps each had seven kills. Bracco also contributed two block assists.
  • Miner had four total blocks (two solo, two assisted).

Stats to Know

  • The Scarlet Hawks outdid the Hornets 39-38 in kills, but were outhit .085% to .039%.
  • Digs were near even, with the Hornets slightly leading 75-71.
  • Illinois Tech led in blocks 6-5.

Up Next

  • The Scarlet Hawks will host Lake Forest College in a non-conference match on Friday, September 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Keating Sports Center. Live audio, video, and stats will be available. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Media School.