Vikings stopped by St. Norbert

Lawrence volleyball action Jordan Adamson
Jordan Adamson had a team-high seven kills for the Vikings.

APPLETON, Wis. -- The Lawrence University volleyball team lost 3-0 to St. Norbert College on Tuesday in a Midwest Conference match at Alexander Gymnasium.

The Green Knights won 25-18, 25-23, 25-17 in the home finale for Lawrence.

Jordan Adamson paced the Vikings with seven kills and Sophia Galassini added six. Averie Miller collected 25 assists for the Vikings, and Laurice Lavajo came back from an injury in the opening set to posted a team-high 12 digs for Lawrence.

The 1-2 punch of Lexie Van Hiel and Grace Baumann were potent for the Green Knights, who hit .330 as a team. Van Hiel had a match-high 11 kills and Baumann added nine.

St. Norbert jumped out to a 19-9 lead in the opening set, but the Vikings battled back. Lawrence got consecutive kills from Galassini and two from Adamson to trim the margin to 22-15. The Green Knights recovered with an ace by Liz Maastricht, and Lawrence didn't get closer than six points after that.

The Vikings got off to a hot start in the second set, and Liza Stalcup's kill gave Lawrence a 10-5 lead. The Vikings built that advantage to 19-9 before St. Norbert stormed back into it.

St. Norbert quickly trimmed the lead to 21-18 before Emily Hoeft picked up a kill for the Vikings to push the lead back to four. St. Norbert's Katelyn Hanrahan and Hoeft traded kills, but kills from Jessica Guerts and Haley Bartz cut the lead to 23-21.

A pair of Lawrence attack errors tied the set at 23-23 before a St. Norbert ace and a kill by Baumann closed out the set for the Green Knights.

In the third set, St. Norbert pulled out to a 13-5 advantage, but the Vikings showed their grit by battling back again. The Vikings got kills from Caitlin Chambers, Elizabeth Liebau, Galassini and two from Adamson as part of a 10-7 run that closed the lead to 20-15.

A pair of Lawrence errors and a kill from Baumann pushed the lead back to 24-16 before Galassini hammered home a kill for the Vikings. Van Hiel's kill finally closed out the set and the match for St. Norbert.