Marian University women’s volleyball (3-5, 1-0 NACC) took the first two sets but the Sabres would need five sets to defeat MSOE with set scores of 25-21, 25-13, 19-25, 17-25, and 15-11.
The Sabres started slow to open the match but with junior Amber Yahr at the service line the Sabres would take a 12-5 lead, a lead they maintained throughout the set. The defense then came up huge in the second set as Marian held the Raiders to a -.118 hitting percentage in the set. The Sabres had three blocks in the set with sophomore Kaitlyn Kelley having a hand in all three; one solo and two assisted. From the back row, freshman Brooklyn Taylor led the charge with five digs in the set. The offense had their best performance of the night in the second set with a .250 hitting percentage led by five kills from sophomore Jamie Schrauth.
From there, however, the Raiders were able to bounce back especially on the offensive end taking the next two sets to force a winner-take-all fifth set.
Using their recent momentum, MSOE was able to take an 11-7 lead in the fifth set before a Marian timeout changed the tide for the rest of the set. The Sabres would not allow MSOE to score the rest of the set and a service ace from Taylor capped off the come from behind effort at 15-11.
Schrauth went on to have a double-double in the win behind a match-high 22 kills to go with 14 digs. Taylor went on to pace all back row players with a match-high 20 digs with junior Jenna Skroski chipping in 10 digs. At the net, Kelley closed out her night with six total blocks; two solo and four assisted. Also posting a double-double was Yahr who finished with 34 assists and 14 digs, while senior Alexandra Meidl had a productive night with 12 kills.
Marian closes out the week hosting Maranatha Baptist Friday, Sept. 14 for a 7 p.m. first serve from Sadoff Gym.