Lourdes volleyball team faced its fifth ranked opponent in the last six weeks on Wednesday evening, falling 25-17, 22-25, 25-9, 25-17 to #23 Cornerstone at Mol Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich.
The Gray Wolves did set a program first though, as the victory in set two marked the program's first set win ever against a ranked opponent.
"We put some pressure on them but not nearly enough," head coach Greg Reitz stated. "It was the same story as it has been. We had too many unforced errors and just hit inefficiently overall."
After hitting negative in the opening set while the Golden Eagles hit at a .320 rate, Lourdes bounced back in set two. Trailing 15-12, the Gray Wolves ran off four straight points to take the lead following back-to-back setting errors by Cornerstone. Lourdes extended its lead to three, 21-18, following a Katie McKenty (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame H.S.) kill and held on for the win, capping it with another McKenty kill.
Lourdes kept set three close early, trailing just 7-6 before the Golden Eagles ran off 12 straight points to take control of the set. The final set was also close for a while, with the Gray Wolves trailing just 15-13 before Cornerstone went on an 8-1 run to secure the victory.
McKenty led Lourdes with 15 kills and 15 digs while Michi Jimenez (Vega Baja, P.R./Juan Quirindongo Morell H.S.) added 15 digs and handed out 23 assists.
"Katie played pretty well on the outside and Michi set well," Reitz added.
Murphy Heyer and Kate Zwier led Cornerstone (8-2, 2-0 WHAC) with nine kills each while Abby Miedema registered 24 digs. Kim Weaver had 41 assists for the Golden Eagles.
Lourdes (6-13, 0-2) will remain on the road Friday evening, traveling to Fort Wayne, Ind. to battle Indiana Tech. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. at Schaefer Center Gymnasium.