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.
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.