RMU Volleyball suffers tenth consecutive loss against Milwaukee


Interim head coach Danny Doherty watched his team suffer their tenth consecutive loss. Photo credit: Tyler Gallo

Alexis Davis

MOON TOWNSHIP — RMU volleyball (9-19, 2-14 Horizon League) extended their losing streak to 10 games after dropping three sets to Milwaukee (21-8, 15-2) on Thursday evening at the UPMC Events Center.

The two teams went back-and-forth scoring at the beginning of the first set, but the Milwaukee Panthers earned five straight points to win by a score of 25-15.

After a slow start, the Colonials issued a large comeback in the middle of the second set. A service ace from Sarah Schrader made it an even game. However, a kill from Madi Malone gave the Panthers back the lead. After four consecutive points from Milwaukee proved to be too much, the Colonials were unable to take back the lead. Milwaukee won the second set by a score of 25-22.

The third set was all Milwaukee. The Panthers had an eight-point lead before Robert Morris got their first point of the set. Milwaukee had all of the momenta and dominated throughout the third. The Panthers got their fourth straight win by a score of 25-8.

“We played and executed at a really high level at some points, and we played and executed at a really bad level,” Robert Morris interim head coach Danny Doherty said. “We got them all out of sorts during that second set and then kind of woke the sleeping giant in the third set and they came out with a lot more pressure than us.”

The Colonials recorded only three blocks against the Panthers with Emma Granger, Alyssa Hudak, and Megan Cannon each having one. Abby Ryan led the Colonials in kills with nine. Annie Monaco was second on the team in kills with seven.

Carmen Heilemann was an absolute powerhouse for Milwaukee, recording 21 kills, one ace, and one block. She ended the night with a .655 hitting percentage.

Doherty noted what his team has to do going forward.

“We just have to hit the reset button and focus on what we did positively here and clean up the movements. We’re going to work on the first touch and just go from there.”

The Colonials look to get back in the win column Friday night at the UPMC Events Center against UIC. Interim head coach Danny Doherty says the Colonials have to move past tonight’s loss.