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GC Women Out-Hit By Conference Rival Bethel
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Bethel (8-7; 1-2)2521252503
Goshen (6-5; 0-2)1825171501
Goshen, IN
BethelIndv. LeadersGoshen
#12 Haley Brown - 15Kills #9 Darienne Maust - 12
2 Players (#9,#12) - 3Blocks 2 Players (#1,#12) - 1
#1 Erin Carlos - 20Digs #10 Christy Swartzendruber - 18
#1 Erin Carlos - 2Aces #10 Christy Swartzendruber - 3
BethelTeam StatisticsGoshen
0.308Hitting %: 0.113
4.0Blocks: 1.0
65Digs: 61
4Aces: 5
Women's Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017

GOSHEN, Ind. — The Goshen College women's volleyball team was outhit and outmatched by conference rival Bethel College 25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15 in Friday evening action in the Gunden Gymnasium.

With a full crowd on hand, the Goshen women peaked in the second set but could not keep up with the hard-hitting Pilots (8-7, 1-2 CL)  throughout the latter stages of the match.

Coming off of a decade-high hitting percentage of .458 Tuesday against Anderson University, the Maple Leafs  (6-5, 0-2 CL) took a step backwards on the offensive end and finished the defeat with a meager .113 hitting mark. BC finished the evening with a .303 clip.

Action peaked for the Leafs in the second set as they raced out to a comfortable 13-7 lead midway through the frame. That lead grew to 18-11 before two GC service errors sparked a late comeback attempt by the Pilots. Bethel rattled off five unanswered points but remained cliche with too little too late.

The third set brought with it back and forth action with the score nearly knotted at 11-10 in Bethel's favor, but the Leafs would get no closer. With frustration kicking in for a sputtering GC offense, the final frame solidified a strong night for the Bethel women.   

Sophomore Darienne Maust led the Leaf offense with 12 of the team's 39 kills. Goshen attempted more attacks than the visiting Pilots with 133 to Bethel's 130, but doubled their number of errors with 24. The error total was Goshen's second-highest of the season, one shy of a four-set win over William Penn on Aug. 19.

"Usually if someone has an off night, someone else is there to pull the team through, and we didn't have that tonight," Goshen coach Jim Routhier said. "We just didn't have our game together and this conference is tough from top to bottom. We'll bounce back tomorrow and be ready to get back into league play with Saint Francis next week."

Ally Roehr and Shelbey Younts chipped in a team-high 18 assists apiece. Despite the rough night on the offensive end, the Maple Leaf defense posted 61 digs to Bethel's 65, but only registered one team block by Meghan Gerke and Lindsay McQuinn. Christy Swartzendruber led the team defensive effort with 18 digs.

Goshen will have a quick turnaround as they hit the road for a short trip to South Bend, Indiana, to take on both Siena Heights University and Indiana University-South Bend in a triangular match Saturday. The first serve is set for 12 p.m. against Siena Heights with the IUSB match slated for 2.