Trailing 10-5 in the fifth set on Tuesday night against rival Baker University, the Raven Volleyball team overcame their deficit to earn a 3-2 win over the Wildcats inside the Ralph Nolan Gymnasium.
Benedictine (9-4, 3-3 Heart) went on a 7-1 run to overcome their fifth-set deficit and never looked back as they finished off Baker (7-9, 1-4 Heart).
After taking the first set, 25-13, the Ravens dropped set two 25-12 as the Wildcats held them to just five kills in 27 attempts. Benedictine bounced back and took the third set 25-18 before the Wildcats closed out the fourth set on a 5-0 run to win 25-19 and send the match into the fifth and deciding set.
Benedictine held a brief 2-1 lead over Baker to start the fifth set before the Wildcats were able to take control of the set. Sofi Thomas got the rally started for the Ravens, recording four straight kills to pull the Ravens back within striking distance. An ace by Taylor Garner and a kill by Katie Stewart capped of the Ravens rally and pulled the set all square at 11. From that point, the Ravens never trailed and battle through two ties before taking the lead for good on a Fleur Wesselink kill.
The Ravens finished with 60 kills, led by the career high 20 kills of Thomas. Wesselink finished with 15 while Sara Rahmanzai added 12. Stewart finished with nine to round out the Ravens attack. Garner recorded 53 assists while the team finished with a total of 58.
Defensively, the Ravens recorded 83 digs and five team blocks. Abby Brown led the back row with 27 digs, followed by Carly Taylor with 20 and Haley Cochran with 16. At the net, Kate Hanson, Garner and Rahmanzai led the way with two block assists each while Thomas recorded the Ravens lone solo block.
Benedictine head out on the road for their next Heart match as they travel to Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday for a 7 p.m. match against No. 13 Grand View University. They step out of conference on Saturday as they return home for a Noon match against Manhattan Christian College.