|Arizona Christian ( 9-3)||25||25||23||25||0||3|
|Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz. (5-5)||23||23||25||20||0||1|
|Arizona Christian||Indv. Leaders||Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz.|
|#17 Breanna SCOTT - 20||Kills||#22 Sydney Nelson - 17|
|#8 Alli LEMNITZER - 7||Blocks||#11 Leosha Barker - 2|
|#11 Delaney HARRIS - 22||Digs||#3 Caitlan Sammons - 29|
|#8 Alli LEMNITZER - 2||Aces||#12 Hayden Boucher - 2|
|Arizona Christian||Team Statistics||Benedictine - Mesa (Ariz.|
No matter how close the Benedictine University Mesa women's volleyball team would get on Tuesday night, they just couldn't get over the hump.
The Redhawks twice nearly came back to steal sets from the Arizona Christian University Firestorm, but ultimately fell, 3-1 (23-25, 23-25, 25-23, 20-25), at Heap Gymnasium on Tuesday in a non-conference tilt.
BenU Mesa could never seem to even the sets when they needed two in the first two frames. In set one, the Redhawks rallied to a 24-23 score with five straight points, including two kills from Sydney Nelson, but couldn't grab the tying point.
In the second stanza, the Redhawks again trimmed a deficit late to get within one point, but the Firestorm held and took control of the match at 2-0.
Benedictine wasn't completely done, though, eking out a 25-23 win of their own in set three thanks to a Lauren Purdy kill to cut the match lead to just 2-1.
But the Redhawks couldn't get all the way back into the match, falling in the final frame, despite holding a 19-17 lead at one point.
Nelson led the offense with 17 kills, while Purdy added 11 and Kassandra Renteria chipped in with 10. Olivia Ortiz matched her school record in assists with 58 over the four sets, while Caitlan Sammons again led the defense with 29 digs in loss.
BenU Mesa returns to action on Wednesday in Surprise as they take on Ottawa University Arizona.