INDIANAPOLIS – Grace’s volleyball team wrote the final chapter in the 2019 season on Wednesday.
The Lady Lancers fell on the road to No. 12 Marian 3-0 in the semifinals of the Crossroads League Tournament. Grace ends the year with a record of 17-18.
Grace reached the semifinals of the CL Tournament for the fourth time in five years under head coach Katie Van Hofwegen.
On Wednesday night, Grace struggled to get its offense in rhythm; the Lady Lancers committed 22 attack errors and hit just .092 as a team. The Knights (31-1), conversely, had 46 kills and nine errors while hitting .325.
Alexa Hill had 30 assists and seven digs in the final match of her All-American career. The senior setter will end her career with 4,537 career assists, the most by a Lady Lancer in the modern-rally era and second-most overall.
The loss also ends the careers of fellow graduating seniors Deb Michalski and Caroline Mayer.
Grace trailed for most of the opening set. A 5-1 run by the Knights gave MU separation, and Grace never fully recovered in a 25-20 defeat.
The Lady Lancers seemed poised to even the match during the second set. Five kills apiece from Anna Frey and Makaela Lochmueller put Grace ahead 20-17, forcing a timeout from Marian.
But out of the timeout, the Knights took control. Grace had four attacking errors down the stretch, allowing Marian to end the set on an 8-1 run to win 25-21.
The Knights’ momentum carried into the third set with a 7-1 lead. Grace was unable to generate a comeback and lost by 14 to end the match.
Frey and Michalski tied for the team lead with eight kills, and Frey added six digs and two block assists.
Gina Novotny tallied 15 digs and one ace, and Lochmueller added six kills.