MLC roundup: MLC volleyball drops 2 games in tournament

NORTHFIELD — The Martin Luther College volleyball team dropped both its matches Saturday at a tournament hosted by Carleton and St. Olaf. The Knights lost the opener 3-1 (25-14, 25-13, 20-25, 25-15) to Carleton before losing the night cap 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-10) against Hamline.

Carleton 3, Martin Luther 1 (25-14, 25-13, 20-25, 25-15)

MLC won its first set of the season, but was unable to overcome an early deficit in a 3-1 loss to Carleton.

The Knights fell behind early 2-0, but battled to win the third set 25-20. The Knights hit .219 in that set, while holding Carleton to .033 on the attack.

That would be as far as MLC could push the match, however, as Carleton was able to win the fourth and final set to secure the win.

Ruth Buchholz led MLC with 11 kills and hit .409 for the match. Kelsey Birschbach added 10 kills and hit .389, while Jewel St. Germaine set a career-best with 23 assists. Katelyn Aswege also set a new personal best with 17 digs for the Knights.

Hamline 3, Martin Luther 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-10)

The Knights closed the two-day tournament with a 3-0 sweep at the hands of the Pipers from Hamline University.

The Pipers hit .352 for the match and finished with 41 total kills on the way to the win. MLC hit .133.

Buchholz continued her strong performance from the morning session with 11 kills and an attack percentage of .846 for the match. St. Germaine added 13 assists and six digs, while Aswege record a team-high 10 digs.

MLC fell to 0-4 on the season in defeat and return to action for a 6 p.m. match on Tuesday when it hosts Buena Vista.

Men’s soccer

St. Mary’s 3, MLC 0

NEW ULM — The Martin Luther College men’s soccer team lost its home opener 3-0 to Saint Mary’s (Minn.) on Saturday.

The two teams battled to a scoreless draw after the first 45 minutes. The Cardinals outshot the Knights, but MLC keeper Gabriel Plocher made seven first-half stops to keep the game scoreless heading into the second half.

The Cardinals began to assert themselves early in the second half, scoring off an own goal in the 50th minute to start the scoring, and then adding insurance tallies in the 57th and 68th minutes to secure the shutout win.

Plocher finished the match with 10 saves on 13 SMU shots on goal. The Knights recorded nine total shots, three of which were on target.

Joe Graumann led MLC with four total shots and one shot on goal. Hugo Ugalde-Bemer and Luke Meihack recorded the other two shots on goal for MLC.

The Knights fell to 0-2 on the season in defeat. SMU improved to 2-0 following the win.

MLC will return to action at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday when it travels to Gustavus Adolphus.