Red Raiders Down Corban In Four Sets; Champions of Pool B

December 06, 2019 6:39am

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Anna Wedel put down a match-high 16 kills in leading No.2 Northwestern to a four set win (25-20, 25-17, 20-25, 25-16) over 14th-ranked Corban in the final pool play match-up for both teams.

Northwestern wins pool B with a perfect 3-0 record, 9-1 in sets played, and improves to 31-1 overall. They advance to the 16-team, single elimination tournament that begins on Friday, Dec. 6 and will play Oklahoma City University the runner-up of pool A at 1:30pm.

Wedel hit .324 for the match and turned in her third straight double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs. Bekah Horstman hit .444 and totaled 15 kills in 27 attempts; both A.J. Kacmarynski and Emily Van Ginkel totaled nine kills each and Jessica Harald put down a season-high eight kills. Van Ginkel hit over .600 and accounted for 5.5 blocks.

Northwestern was forced into a timeout after falling behind 10-5 in the first set. Harald slammed down a successful attack that began an 11-4 run that swung the momentum all in the Red Raiders favor as they grabbed a 16-14 advantage. The teams traded points thereafter, until, with Northwestern up 20-18, the Red Raiders closed with a a 5-2 run, finished off with a Horstman kill, to take the first set 25-20.

The Red Raiders hit .433 and held Corban to a mere .037 attack percentage in taking set two, 25-17. Northwestern did not trail in the set and started with a 10-3 surge that they used to get the win.

Facing a 3-0 sweep, Corban slowly turned a 7-7 tie into a 21-15 advantage to take control in the third set. Northwestern closed the deficit to five (23-18) but could not get any closer as the Warriors earned a 25-20 win to force a fourth set.

Northwestern did not trail in the decisive fourth set, racing out to a 10-3 lead behind the strong serving from Madison Hofman. Corban responded with a short run, cutting the lead down to six (15-9) but Horstman put down a kill and Jadeyn Schutt followed with an ace to spark a 5-0 run that sealed the Red Raider win.

Van Den Bosch's squad hit better than Corban in three of the four sets and turned in a .354 percentage for the match. Northwestern had the advantage in aces (6-4), blocks (12-7) and committed eight less attack errors. Lacey Wacker put up 53 assists and Emily Strasser totaled a match-high 17 digs.

Corban hit .172 for the match, led by Adriana Aguayo with 12 kills, followed by Cassie Cunningham with 10.