Sydney McLaren, Kylie Roe and Mackenzie Gropel all had double-doubles for the Buena Vista volleyball team, but it wasn't near enough on Tuesday night, as the Beavers dropped their quarterfinal match in the American Rivers Conference Tournament at Coe College, 3-1.
BVU was unable to get a consistent run of an offensive attack going in the match while the Kohawks finished with a .258 attack percentage and had 20 more kills than the Beavers.
McLaren led the way for Buena Vista with 13 kills and 11 digs while Roe had 12 and 11. Gropel capped off a solid season with 30 assists and 17 digs. Summer Goss chipped in with 16 digs and four assists. Her 471 digs for the year go down as the seventh-most in program history. Roe also add a pair of services aces which give her 129 in her career. That moves her past Maddie Bardole (2013-16) for second all-time in program history.
The Kohawks came out strong with 15 kills and just five errors in the opening set en route to a 25-17 victory. BVU stayed tough by posting 11 kills and just four errors in the second while hanging on to pull even with 25-21 triumph. Coe then had 35 kills compared to just 20 for the Beavers over the final two sets, as the Kohawks went on to record 25-15 and 25-17 victories to close out the match.
"A credit to Coe in this match as their offense was relentess," said head coach Aubrey Havlichek. "We actually didn't have that many more errors than them, but they beat us in the kill column. Needless to say, you wont beat a good team without earning your own points and we struggled at the net this game. We were getting some great ups and hustling for scramble balls, but it was just too little at the end of the day. It's hard to lose in the first round, our coaching staff isn't ready to be done, and I know the girls would have liked a different outcome."
"We are so thankful and proud of this team," Havlichek added. "Odds stacked against us all season annd they kept grinding through. Rosie and I are excited for the future of BV volleyball and look to continue on a positive trend."
Buena Vista wraps up its season with a 13-12 overall record while the Kohawks improve to 20-10 and move on to face second-seed Dubuque in a semifinal match scheduled for Thursday night.
Tonight's match was the final outing in a Beaver uniform in the careers of Roe, Runneberg, Sandvig and Goss.