For the second time this season, Marian University women’s volleyball (4-8, 1-1 NACC) and Ripon needed five-sets, but this time it was the Sabres that came away with a win with set scores of 25-15, 25-19, 24-26, 20-25 and 15-10.
The Sabres came out fast to open the match hitting .389 with 16 kills in the first set and .438 with 17 kills in the second. Marian jumped out to a commanding 12-3 lead to open the match as they cruised to a first set win and closed out the second set in a similarly convincing fashion with a 10-1 run.
Freshman Jamie Schrauth was off to a big start with 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage after the opening two sets.
Marian fell behind 15-9 in the third set but rallied to tie the game at 16-16. The two teams then went back-and-forth to the end. Marian was able to hold off one set point at 24-23 but couldn’t hold off Ripon from sending the match to a fourth set.
Using that momentum, the Red Hawks were able to take the fourth set with a 7-3 run in the middle to force a winner-take-all fifth set. The Sabres jumped out to an early lead in the fifth scoring nine of the first 13 points. From there, the teams traded points and the Sabres were able to hold off the Red Hawks for the thrilling win.
The Sabre offense had their most efficient set of the night in the fifth hitting .583 with eight kills to only one error. Sophomore Amber Yahr and freshman Cheyenne Henson each had three kills in the set.
Yahr finished the night just short of a triple-double with eight kills, 23 assists and 18 digs. Schrauth had a match-high 21 kills and hit .378, while Henson had 16 kills and 14 digs for her third double-double on the season. Sophomore Jenna Skroski had a match-high 23 digs in the back row to lead the Marian defense.
Marian opens a weekend of NACC action hosting Benedictine at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 from Sadoff Gym.