MLC begins season with pair of losses

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — The Martin Luther College volleyball team opened its season with a pair of three-set losses to Valley City State and St. Olaf on Friday at the 2017 St. Olaf-Carleton Volleyball Invitational.

MLC (0-2) opened the day and the season with a loss against Valley City State 25-15, 25-18, 25-20.

Valley City State was stronger on the attack throughout the match, hitting .232 compared to .013 for MLC. Jade St. Germaine and Moriah Hackbarth each led MLC with five kills apiece.

Senior libero Taylor Weber led MLC with five digs.

The Knights were unable to split the first day thanks to a loss to host St. Olaf 25-8, 25-17, 25-18 in the nightcap.

The Oles jumped quickly to 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a dominant first game, and then closed the match with strong wins in the final two games.

Kira Grev led MLC with five kills. First-year setter Hailey Stade finished with eight assists, while Weber led the team with eight digs.

MLC concludes the event with matches against Hamline at 1 p.m. and Crown at 5 p.m. on Saturday.