The Lawrence University volleyball team came out hot last Wednesday, but cooled off quickly and dropped a conference match to Ripon. The Vikings looked like the team to beat in the first game, winning 25-23. Unfortunately for the Vikings, it was all downhill from there. Lawrence dropped the next three games to the Red Hawks 25-16, 25-19, 26-24. Lawrence did not give up in the match, battling hard in the fourth and final set after losing the previous two. It would have been easy to accept defeat, but the Vikings fought to force a 50-point final game. Lawrence (10-13, 1-3 MWC) was paced by junior Clare Bohrer, who was the only Viking to have a double-digit number of kills with 10. Sophomore Shannon McLain was close behind with nine. Freshman Kathleen Rowland had 28 digs in the losing effort. It would take an incredible team effort in the last couple weeks of the season to advance to the Midwest Conference Tournament. Lawrence currently stands in second to last place in the conference with a 1-3 record. Lake Forest currently holds the final tournament spot with a record of 4-2 in conference. Lawrence faced St. Norbert on Tuesday and will host a pair of conference games versus Monmouth and Illinois College this weekend.