Marian University women’s volleyball (2-2, 0-0 NACC) sent a packed Sadoff crowd home happy as the Sabres swept Lawrence behind set scores of 25-17, 27-25, and 25-10.
The Sabre front row continued their strong start to the season with eight blocks in the victory led by five assisted blocks from sophomore Kaitlyn Kelley. The Sabre defense as a whole held Lawrence to a .000 hitting percentage for the match including a -.121 in the final set. Sophomore Jamie Schrauth recorded a match-high 13 digs with junior Jenna Skroski digging up 12 Viking attacks.
The offense was also spread out and efficient as Marian finished with 35 kills to go with a .236 hitting percentage. Senior Alexandra Meidl paced the Sabres with 10 kills and hitting .333 for the match, while Schrauth added nine kills off of a .261 hitting percentage to nearly miss out on a double-double.
The Sabres easily took the opening set after an 11-3 start to open the match but needed a rally late in the second to take a commanding 2-0 lead. The Vikings would take a 23-21 lead late before the Sabres scored the next three points. The Sabres were unable to convert on their first set-point opportunity but managed to turn away the Vikings on their first set-point opportunity as well. Marian would close out the set behind two kills from Schrauth and one from Meidl.
The final set proved to be all Sabres as Marian hit a match-high .292 and cruised to the sweep. Junior Amber Yahr led a 7-0 run from the service line late in the set with three of the points being service aces. Yahr finished with four aces to go with 30 assists and seven digs.
Marian travels to UW-Superior for three matches in a two-day span taking on the Yellow Jackets at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7.