Something had to give on Wednesday night at Schoenecker Arena when the first-place and host St. Thomas Tommies played the second-place Bethel Royals. The Toms' nine-match victory streak collided with BU's 10-match win streak.
Bethel won the first set at the wire, but No. 17-ranked St. Thomas stormed back to rule the match, 3-1. The Purple had five players with double-digit kills and won 23-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20.
St. Thomas (21-3 overall, 7-0 MIAC) opened a two-match lead atop the conference standings, and improved to 7-0 in October.
Sophomore setter Grace Anetipa had 53 assists and 18 digs for the Tommies, who hit .240 and rode balanced scoring. Madie Kroehler had 13 kills and 17 digs; Selena Levendoski, Hannah Braun and Fran Egan each had 12 kills; and Kate Achenbach added 11 kills. Ellie Meyer recorded 29 digs, while Anna Scheffley added 10 digs and Meghan Mazzola chipped in nine digs.
Bethel (15-6, 4-2) had its 10-game win streak halted. BU's Maria Claflin had 17 kills and five blocks, and Dominique Dabu had a match-best 32 digs.
The Toms play three matches this weekend in Iowa at the Coe College tournament.