Sabre women’s volleyball drops tight match in straight sets at Lawrence

September 5, 2019

APPLETON, Wis. – Marian University women’s volleyball (0-4, 0-0 NACC) dropped a pair of sets by the minimum of two points as part of a sweep on the road at the hands of Lawrence.

The Sabre offense got stronger as the match went along but had a tough first set falling 25-18 with a negative hitting percentage. The second set saw a 7-2 Sabre run erase a 16-11 deficit and tie the set at 18-18. From there, neither team led by more than two points but Marian was only able to hold off one set-point opportunity falling 26-24.

Marian jumped out to an early 6-1 lead to open the third set only to have Lawrence score six-straight points to take a 7-6 advantage. The Sabres were able to regain the lead and hold a slight advantage for most of the set out to a 22-20 tally. From there, the Vikings were able to rally using a 5-1 stretch to close out the match.

Junior Erika Horstman and freshman Caelan Tourdot led the offense with seven kills apiece as Marian finished with a 35-31 advantage in kills. Defensively, senior Jenna Skroski had another strong match posting 16 digs, while freshman Monica Dreifuerst added 12 digs.

Marian travels to Denver, Colo. to take on William Peace at 2 p.m. (CDT) Friday, Sept. 6 to open the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Johnson & Wales.