A near-five-hour bus ride certainly didn’t help Wartburg’s volleyball team in its opening match of North Central’s Robinson Memorial tournament Friday night. Neither did the opponent.
No. 25 Chicago broke free from 17-17 ties in each of the first two sets, then an 11-11 tie in the third set to sweep Wartburg 25-20, 25-23, 25-16.
It’s the third straight loss for Wartburg and fourth in its last five matches.
The victory for the Maroons (19-8) came hours after losing to St. Mary’s (Minn.), a team the Knights (17-6) swept earlier this year, in four sets.
Chicago hit .242 to Wartburg’s .158. Both teams started hot — Chicago at .375 in the opening set, Wartburg .296 — before falling to .122 and .116, respectively, in set two.
The Maroons dominated the final set, hitting .257 to Wartburg’s .114. The Knights committed seven attacking errors in each of the final two sets.
Kalyn Ertz and Claire Willenbring each had nine kills. Star middle hitter Bailey Wilson was limited to four kills. Emma Harmeyer had 19 assists and Jamie Farley recorded 18 digs.
Maren Loe led Chicago with 17 kills. Morgan Berry contributed 13 kills while hitting .333.