CLINTON – Returning to play in front of its home fans in Kehl Arena for the first time in two weeks, the Ashford volleyball team battled St. Ambrose almost point for point for three games Tuesday night.
But St. Ambrose broke open the fourth set and finished off a 25-23, 25-23, 23-25, 25-9 non-conference victory.
Freshman outside hitter Victoria Day paced the Saints with 16 kills, while fellow freshman Pakalana Helekahi added a career-best 12 kills.
Ashford (13-10) recorded a .164 hitting percentage against the Queen Bees’ .241. Ashford held the advantage in kills, putting down 57 attempts to 55 for SAU.
Junior Sam Schultz dug up a team-high 24 balls for the Saints, while Day and Sarah Garvick added 15 and 12 digs, respectively.
Sophomore Danielle Rzewnicki topped the Saints with 25 assists, while Vernice Chaparro chipped in with 23.
Hannah Turner put down a game-high 17 kills for the Queen Bees (11-13), while Kate Nowak served up a match-best 42 assists.
Next up for the Saints is a trip to Grand Rapids, Mich., for the Davenport University Tournament. The Saints will open with a pair of games Friday against Aquinas (Mich.) and Michigan-Dearborn.