RIPON, Wisconsin – Senior Abby Born became the MSOE women's volleyball team's all-time leader in career assists in the opening match of the Ripon Invitational as the Raiders defeated Lawrence in four sets Friday at Keipe Gymnasium.
The Raiders (6-6) opened the day by downing the Vikings (3-10) 36-38, 25-17, 25-21, 25-20. They then fell to St. Mary's (9-3) 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-14 in the night cap.
Born had an outstanding day directing the offense, easily getting the 10 assists she needed to tie the record early in the first match against LU. She finished with 45 assists, nine digs, four blocks, and seven kills on 11 attacks (no errors) for a .636 attack percentage.
Against SMU, she tallied 39 assists to increase the program record from 2,412 to 2,486.
With the veteran setter running the show, MSOE hit a season-best .212 as a team against the Vikings. Junior Heather Dukat led the charge with 14 kills, while junior Hannah Pekarek and senior Rachel Lynde had 12 each. Both Pekarek and Lynde added three aces and notched double-doubles with 30 and 16 digs, respectively.
Senior Aleah Quast, another milestone-chasing fourth year, led the back-row defense with 31 digs. She is nearing on 1,000 career digs and, with 29 against SMU, she ended the night at 959.
Lawrence hit .108 for the match. Arianna Neumeyer had 16 kills to lead the team and tacked on 17 digs.
The Cardinals hit .288 as a team in the night's second match as they proved too much for the Raiders, who hit at a .131 clip for the match.
Pekarek posted another double-double with a team-high 14 kills and 19 digs. Lynde chipped in 11 kills for her fourth-straight double-digit kill performance and 10th-straight match with at least nine kills.
The Ripon Invitational continues Saturday morning with MSOE taking on the host Redhawks at 10 a.m. The Raiders defeated Ripon in four sets just 10 days ago on the same court.