MAYVILLE, N.D. – The Waldorf College volleyball team put up a fight while opening its weekend road trip against Mayville State University on Friday.
"Overall, we played very well," Waldorf coach Paul Meyer said. "Defensively, we played probably our best match of the year."
It was a competitive outing for the Warriors (4-12), but the Comets (9-8) held on to win by scores of 25-18, 26-28, 25-15, 25-23.
Waldorf limited Mayville State to a .067 hitting percentage.
"To hold a team to .067 is a great defensive night," Meyer said. "We played scrappy from the first point and made Mayville State work for every point."
On offense, the Warriors were hot and cold. Whenever they were off, the Comets capitalized.
"Unfortunately, the offense couldn't get any consistency going," Meyer said. "We showed flashes off what we are capable of, but just not enough."
Courtney Palmer powered Waldorf's attack with 12 kills. The senior outside hitter from Rochester, Minn. also turned in a strong defensive performance with 18 digs on the night.
The Warriors received one ace serve apiece from Perkins, Palmer and Rothbauer.
Waldorf freshman libero Briley Sullivan collected 19 digs.
Rothbauer came away with two solo blocks. The freshman outside hitter from Bloomer, Wis. also had three block assists.
Perkins and Palmer provided one solo block apiece. Two block assists came from Perkins while sophomore Katie Wilcox and Palmer each contributed one block assist.
Waldorf closes out its weekend trip on Saturday at Valley City, N.D. The Warriors take on Valley City State University (8-12) at 12 p.m. and play Bismarck State College (14-7) in a 2 p.m. exhibition match.
"We took another positive step forward against Mayville State," Meyer said. "We just have to get over the top and put it all together."