Marian University women’s volleyball (3-11, 0-2 NACC) rallied in all three sets but fell to Wisconsin Lutheran by set scores of 25-23, 25-21, and 25-21.
Both matches had a strong start to the match with WLC hitting .200 with 14 kills and the Sabres recording 13 kills off of a .229 hitting percentage. The Warriors built an early 7-2 lead in the set and rode that out to a 23-16 advantage. Marian then used a 7-1 stretch to cut the deficit to one, fighting off four set-point opportunities along the way. A kill from WLC, however, ended the rally at 25-23.
The Sabres used the end of the first set as momentum to start the second set leading early 11-10. Wisconsin Lutheran was able to pull ahead behind a 9-2 run, drawing a Sabre timeout. WLC once again was unable to put away the Sabres at first as Marian was able to draw off another four set-point opportunities.
The Warriors jumped out early in the third taking 10 of the first 11 points. The Sabres wouldn’t go quietly, however, as Marian chipped away at the lead using a 7-2 run late to trim the deficit down to 23-20. The Sabres once again were able to fight late but the Warriors would eventually earn the win off of a service error.
Senior Sara Komosa and junior Erika Horstman each produced a match-high 11 kills with Horstman hitting .296 for the match. From the back row, three Sabres had double-digit digs led by freshman Andrea Miller who had 13. Senior Amber Yahr produced a double-double behind 10 digs and 27 assists.
Marian remains at home to take on Lakeland Friday, Sept. 27 for a 7 p.m. NACC match.