Marian University women’s volleyball (6-12, 2-5 NACC) was able to hold off Alverno and defeat the Inferno in five sets; 25-19, 25-10, 20-25, 23-25 and 15-12.
MU opened strong with a .263 hitting percentage in the first set with four different Sabres recording multiple kills in a balanced attack. Marian was able to use a 9-2 run after the two teams fought to a 12-12 tie to take the first big lead of the match at 21-14. Alverno managed to cut the lead down to four but kills from freshman Cheyenne Henson and junior Alexandra Meidl closed out the set.
The offense continued to roll in the second set with one of their best sets all season. The Sabres had 16 kills to only two errors for a .452 hitting percentage with Meidl recording eight kills and an .800 hitting percentage in the set to lead MU.
Alverno wouldn’t go away quietly, however, as they found a way to slow down the Marian offense and put together their best offensive performance of the night in the third. Despite the losses in sets three and four, sophomore Jenna Skroski recorded a total of 12 digs in the pair of sets.
In the winner-take-all fifth, the two teams battled to a 7-6 MU lead before the Sabres took a big lead via a 6-1 run. The Inferno once again battled back to cut the lead down to three but a kill from freshman Jenna Moehn clinched the NACC win for the Sabres.
Senior Amber Baker not only recorded a double-double with 42 assists and 11 digs, but also moved into second all-time for career assists passing Leah Harmsen who had 2,544. Meidl finished with a team-high 15 kills, while sophomore Kaitlyn Kelley had a career-high 12 kills to go with a .579 attack percentage. In the back row, Skroski had a match-high 24 digs with Henson also adding 14 digs.
Marian closes out the weekend tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 14, at noon when the Sabres host Wisconsin Lutheran.