Vikings edged in three tight sets by Cornell

Lawrence had 12 blocks in its 3-0 Midwest Conference loss to Cornell at Alexander Gymnasium.
Lawrence had 12 blocks in its 3-0 Midwest Conference loss to Cornell at Alexander Gymnasium.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Cornell College volleyball team won three tight sets Saturday for a 3-0 Midwest Conference win over Lawrence University at Alexander Gymnasium.

Cornell defeated the Vikings 25-22, 25-21, 25-21.

Arianna Cohen paced Lawence (10-15, 5-4 MWC) with 10 kills, and Arianna Neumeyer added five kills and 12 digs. Cyra Bammer had a match-high 24 digs for the Vikings. Addisyn Gerber picked up four of Lawrence's 12 blocks, and Colleen Nowlan added three.

Diamond Boyd paced Cornell (21-6, 9-0) with 11 kills, and Allison Eikenberry and Nicole Ciari added 10 kills apiece.

Cornell pushed out to a six-point lead in the opening set at 17-11 before the Vikings rallied. Lawrence got kills from Cohen, Neumeyer and Rachael Wuensch and a block from Cohen and Nowlan as part of an 8-3 run to close to 20-19. The teams traded points before a kill by Libby Schnoor and a Lawrence error allowed Cornell to secure the first set.

The second set was tight throughout and was tied for the final time at 18-18. With the help of two kills from Eikenberry, Cornell edged out to a 23-20 lead. After an attack error by Boyd, Cornell came back with kills by Barbie Becker and Boyd to close out the set.

The third set was a carbon copy of the second and was tied at 15-15 before the Rams got some breathing room. Lawrence trailed 20-18 but a service error and a pair of attack errors, sandwiched around an Eikenberry kill, gave Cornell a 24-18 edge. A service error and attack error, coupled with a Cohen kill, allowed Lawrence to pull within 24-21, but Ekenberry's kill finished the set for the Rams.