Lourdes jumped out to a two-set lead on Friday evening inside of Mol Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., but Cornerstone battled back to defeat the Gray Wolves 23-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-17, 16-14.
“We played pretty well for most of this match, just not enough throughout,” head coach Greg Reitz said afterwards. “We needed to be on the entire match in order to get this win.”
Despite 13 ties in the opening set, Lourdes was not able to take the lead until late, and took advantage of an error and a kill by Emily Arnold (Sylvania, Ohio/Southview H.S.) to score the final two points of the set.
The Gray Wolves took the lead early in the second and never trailed after the first six points, limiting Cornerstone to .119 hitting in the stanza while building a 2-0 lead in the match.
Cornerstone (25-9, 13-5 WHAC) responded in the third, hitting .306. The Golden Eagles jumped in front 7-2 and while the Gray Wolves battled back, evening the set at 17, the hosts answered with a 6-1 run to extend the match.
The Golden Eagles led start to finish in the fourth, building an early 9-2 lead and outhit Lourdes .316-.111 in the frame to force the decisive set.
Lourdes scored the first four points of the fifth before Cornerstone responded with five unanswered points. The Gray Wolves led 10-8 and as late as 12-11, but the Golden Eagles did not commit an attack error in the stanza, coming all the way back to win the match.
Tylar Roberson (Elkhart, Ind./Central H.S.) led Lourdes with 15 kills while Allie Hale (Holland, Ohio/Springfield H.S.) added 14 more. Arnold, Emily Drenth (Darien, Ill./Hinsdale South H.S.), and Monique Oliveira (Rio Branco, Brazil/Americo Rene Giannetti H.S.) had 11 kills each as the Gray Wolves hit .176 as a team for the match.
Carol Goncalves (Brazilia, Brazil/Sagrado Corcacao de Maria H.S.) and Jami Markus (Oregon, Ohio/Central Catholic H.S.) each handed out 24 assists, and recorded double-doubles with 18 and 13 digs respectively.
Angelica Dippold (Louisville, Ky./Mercy Academy) led Lourdes with 21 digs while Niki Polce (New Boston, Mich./Huron H.S.) added 17 and Oliveira completed her double-double with 11 digs.
Kendra Zwart led Cornerstone with 25 kills and seven blocks while hitting .511 for the match. Bailey Cummings added 16 kills and 21 digs as the Golden Eagles hit .248 for the night.
Lourdes (16-6, 13-4) will remain in Grand Rapids on Saturday afternoon, traveling to the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center to face Aquinas in a 1 p.m. match in a battle for first place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.