DES MOINES, Iowa -- Sophomore Rachel Wald recorded her third double-double and senior Beth Walker posted her 22nd double-double but it wasn't enough as the Bellevue University volleyball team fell to Ashford, 3-1, on Saturday morning at the Grand View Invitational. Ashford won the match by scores of 25-22, 26-24, 10-25, 25-23.
The match began with a pair of narrow victories for the Saints who seemed at their best when the score was close, claiming the first two sets by a combined five points. Through two sets Ashford held a .208-.145 hitting advantage but Bellevue did was able to keep things close enough to have a chance.
The Bruins dominated the third set, out-hitting Ashford .414-.000 on their way to a convincing 25-10 win to breathe new life into the team. Bellevue committed a match-low two attack errors in the set as they were virtually unstoppable offensively.
The fourth set was, again, a tight affair with Ashford claiming a 25-23 victory to drop Bellevue to 1-2 on the weekend. The Saints seemingly got their offense back in order, hitting .273 and holding BU to a .182 attack effort.
Bellevue out-hit Ashford .210-.172 and held a sizable 66-56 edge in digs on the morning.
Wald finished with 16 kills on a .194 hitting percentage and 16 digs while Walker ended the match with 44 assists and 12 digs. Sophomore Taylor Holz added 15 digs for the Bruins.
Bellevue (18-13) plays again later this afternoon when they take on No. 10 Evangel at 2 p.m.