Marian University women’s volleyball (4-12, 1-2 NACC) earned points when they needed them rallying to defeat Illinois Tech in five sets with set scores of 25-14, 20-25, 24-26, 25-17, and 18-16.
The Sabres dominated the opening set recording 14 kills to only three errors for a .344 hitting percentage. A 10-4 run during the set helped the Sabres pull ahead and cruise to the set win. The Scarlet Hawks were able to bounce back, however, as the Sabre offense cooled off. After trailing 16-13 in the second, IIT rattled off seven consecutive points to pull ahead and held that lead to the end. Illinois Tech pulled away early to start the third set leading 9-3 to open before Marian used an 8-0 stretch later to tie the set at 14-14. The teams battled point-for-point from there with the Sabres holding off one set-point opportunity before IIT secured the 2-1 lead.
Knowing they needed a win in the fourth set, Marian jumped ahead early taking a 9-2 lead to open the set behind two service aces and three kills. The Scarlet Hawks cut the deficit down to as little as five but Marian was able to force the fifth set.
After a back-and-forth start, Illinois Tech used a 4-0 run to take an 11-7 lead, the largest of the set. Marian responded with five consecutive points to take a 12-11 advantage and force an IIT timeout. The Scarlet Hawks were able to use the timeout and create the first match-point opportunity of the night only to have a service error allow the match to go into extras.
The Sabres would have the next match-point opportunity but a kill from IIT allowed the match to continue. The Scarlet Hawks would have their second match-point opportunity of the night only to have another service error keep the Sabres in it. A block from Marian and kill from sophomore Hanah Walther then secured the come-from-behind Sabre win.
Senior Sara Komosa produced another double-double with a match-high 15 kills to go with 20 digs. Freshman Caelan Tourdot had her first double-digit kill performance as a Sabre hitting .297 with 13 kills.
In the back row, senior Amber Yahr and junior Brooklyn Taylor each had 21 digs, while Yahr 27 assists and eight kills as she nearly missed a triple-double. Freshman Aspyn Krygiel produced her first-career double-double with 12 digs and 15 assists.
Marian remains at home to take on Aurora Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in NACC play.