10/24/2013 – The women's volleyball team was defeated by Davenport in their purple game which raised awareness and funds for cancer research. The victory improved the 23rd ranked Panthers record to 24-7 and to 8-1 in the WHAC, while the Saints fell to 5-4 in the league and to 16-8 overall. Aquinas is currently in sixth place in the conference standings with two WHAC matches remaining on their schedule.
The Saints, winners of nine of the last eleven matches, were looking to spring the upset over the nationally Panthers. Davenport's balanced attack quickly quieted the home crowd gathered at the Sturrus Sports & Fitness Center. The Panthers took set one by the count of 25-16 and out hit the Saints (.275-.111). Davenport continued to hold serve and defeated the Saints in a close set two (25-20). The Saints continued to battle during the third set, but could never quite get over the hump as the Panthers won the final set 25-19.
The Saints were led by the nine kill effort of MacKenzie Kolstad and the 22 assist night from Nicci Thomas. Rachel Sprenger anchored the Saints defense with ten digs, while Molly Maynard tallied five blocks. Overall the Panthers held a .254-.093 advantage in attack percentage.
Aquinas will now host Grace Bible (4-17), Goshen (9-18), Mount Vernon Nazarene (13-14) and Spring Arbor (5-21) over the weekend in the Cornerstone/Aquinas Crossover Tournament.