CHICAGO – Marian University women’s volleyball (2-2, 0-0 NACC) split a trip to North Park falling to the host in four sets before a straight sets sweep of Illinois Tech.
The Sabres opened the day against the host Vikings and played consistently throughout the match. After dropping the opening set by a tight score of 25-23, MU took the second set 25-17. The Sabres played well especially at the end of the set closing it out with a 7-3 run.
MU looked poised to take a 2-1 sets lead taking a 17-12 lead to open the third set. The Vikings rallied, however, going on a 9-4 run to knot the set at 21-21. North Park completed the comeback scoring four of the final five points.
The fourth set was tight as well opening with a 13-13 draw. After North Park took the first considerable lead of the match at 17-13, Marian went on a quick 4-1 run to cut the deficit to one. From there, North Park was able to close out the set ending the match on an 8-3 run.
Freshman Cheyenne Henson and sophomore Kaitlyn Kelley each had double-digit kills with Kelley also recording three block assists. Sophomore Amber Yahr led the back row with 13 digs.
In match two of the day, Marian was pitted against future NACC opponent Illinois Tech. The Sabre offense was efficient in the match with 12 kills in the second and third set as MU went on to sweep the Scarlet Hawks.
IIT opened the match with a 16-15 lead in the first set before Marian battled back and used a 10-3 run to complete the first set come back. The second set saw MU use an 8-1 run in the middle of the set to build a 10-point lead. IIT managed to cut the deficit to as little as two at 24-22 before a kill from freshman Jamie Schrauth gave Marian a 2-0 set lead.
The third set was similar to the first in that Marian and Illinois Tech battled back and forth to an 18-18 draw. A Sabre timeout swung the momentum just enough in favor of Marian and the Sabres were able to close out the match on a 7-4 run.
Schrauth led the offense with a match-high 10 kills, while junior Alexandra Meidl hit .318 and had nine kills. Sophomore Jenna Skroski had a team-high 12 digs to lead the back row.
Senior Amber Baker finished the day with a combined 55 assists, four service aces and 14 digs.
Marian returns to action Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. when they open NACC play at MSOE.