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Knights finish 1-2 at NCC volleyball tournament

Wartburg rolled to a 25-17, 25-13, 25-14 victory over host North Central (16-5) Saturday morning before St. Mary’s exacted revenge for an August loss to close the Robinson Memorial tournament in Naperville, Ill.

The Knights (18-7) have now lost five of their last seven matches after a 16-2 start to the season.

Against North Central, Wartburg’s offense was in full gear, hitting .478 in the opening set and .480 in set two. The Knights hit attacked at a .372 clip for the match, while the Cardinals managed only a .061 mark.

Bailey Wilson and Kalyn Ertz each had nine kills for Wartbug. Emma Harmeyer had 25 assists. The Knights out-blocked North Central, 9-1.

St. Mary’s got revenge after Wartburg ended the Cardinals’ home tournament on a sour note with a 25-13, 25-20, 25-21 victory Aug. 30.

Saturday, St. Mary’s triumphed in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-23.

After such a strong start in its first match of the day, Wartburg hit just .038 and .033 in the first two sets against St. Mary’s. The Cardinals hit .214 for the match to Wartburg’s .167.

Three players reached double digits in kills for the Cardinals, led by Jenna Sullivan’s 15. Molly Grover had 11 kills while Macki Fadness had 10, hitting .333.

Claire Willenbring led the Knights with eight kills. Bailey Wilson had seven and was named to the all-tournament team with 20 kills in three matches. Jamie Farley had 14 digs.

Wartburg (11-15) will look to rebound Tuesday when it hosts Dubuque in Iowa Conference action. The teams are tied for fourth in the league with 2-2 records.

Robinson Memorial Results

Friday
St. Mary’s 3, No. 25 Chicago 1 (25-22, 25-23, 13-25, 25-18)
North Central 3, St. Mary’s 0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-17)
No. 25 Chicago 3, Wartburg 0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-16)

Saturday
Wartburg 3, North Central 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-14)
St. Mary’s 3, North Park 0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-10)
St. Mary’s 3, Wartburg 0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-23)
North Central 3, North Park 1 (25-17, 25-11, 22-25, 25-20)

Standings
St. Mary’s (3-1)
North Central (2-1)
No. 25 Chicago (1-1)
Wartburg (1-2)
North Park (0-2)

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