Vikings fall in four sets to Grinnell

Lawrence dropped a 3-1 Midwest Conference decision to visiting Grinnell at Alexander Gymnasium.
Lawrence dropped a 3-1 Midwest Conference decision to visiting Grinnell at Alexander Gymnasium.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University volleyball team won the first set handily Friday, but Grinnell College won the next three for a 3-1 Midwest Conference victory at Alexander Gymnasium.

Grinnell won the match 13-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-22.

Arianna Neumeyer turned in another outstanding performance for the Vikings (10-14, 5-3 MWC) with 23 kills and 11 digs. Arianna Cohen added 10 kills for Lawrence.

Sydney Nelson had 35 assists for Lawrence and she added 15 digs. Cyra Bammer led Lawrence with 16 digs, and Addisyn Gerber had nine blocks, including five solo.

Kylin Kuhn paced Grinnell with 21 kills.

Lawrence hit .345 in the opening set and finished the set off with a 10-3 run. The Vikings led 13-9 in the second set, but Grinnell went on an 11-2 run to take a 20-15 lead. Lawrence never got closer than four points after that.

In the third set, Grinnell jumped out to a 10-4 lead but Lawrence battled back. The Vikings finally tied the match at 19-19 on an Alyssa Peterson kill, but a Lawrence attack error and an ace from Madison Smith gave Grinnell a 21-19 edge. Neumeyer countered with a kill for the Vikings, but Grinnell got the next two points for a 23-20 lead. A Neumeyer kill cut the lead to 23-21, but a service error and an attack error gave Grinnell the third set.

The Vikings had to battle from behind again in the fourth set as Grinnell pulled out to a 10-4 lead again. Lawrence rallied to tie the match at 17-17 and the match was still tied at 21-21 before a few keys points for Grinnell. The Pioneers got a kill from Olivia Jensen, an ace from Sydney Vrecenar and a kill from Kuhn to lead 24-21. After Vrecenar's service error allowed Lawrence to close to 24-22, a kill by Giles closed out the set and the match.