LA CROSSE, Wis. -- Sophomore Rachel Wald led the Bruins with 10 kills as the Bellevue University volleyball team fell, 3-0, at No. 4 Viterbo University on Thursday evening in North Star Athletic Association action. Viterbo won by scores of 25-20, 25-16, 25-9.
Bellevue had their best offensive set in the opener, hitting .179 but, ultimately, falling to the host V-Hawks 25-20. The Viterbo defense turned things up when they limited the visiting Bruins to .052 hitting over the next two sets on their way to the sweep.
Viterbo out-hit the Bruins .391-.108 on the night while holding a 39-28 edge in digs and an 8-2 advantage in blocks.
Natalie Geidel (14), Sara Biermaier (10), and Elissa Herman (10) each reached double-figure kills while Amelia Grahn dished out 33 assists for the V-Hawks. Defensively, Jennifer Krentz and Bayless Gross led Viterbo in digs with 16 and eight, respectively.
The Bruins (20-16/2-3 NSAA) wrap up their regular season tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a North Star match at Waldorf College. With a victory Bellevue will secure their 20th straight season with a .500 or better record in conference play.