Marian University women’s volleyball (4-5, 1-0 NACC) stayed undefeated at Sadoff Gym defeating Maranatha Baptist in four sets with set scores of 25-23, 25-13, 26-28, and 25-19.
The Sabres jumped out early on the Sabercats opening with a 9-2 run that was capped off by a service ace from junior Jenna Skroski. Maranatha Baptist managed to battle back cutting the deficit down to as little as one but a pair of kills from senior Alexandra Meidl gave Marian a tight 25-23 victory.
Marian opened with 17 kills in the first set led by sophomore Jamie Schrauth who had seven.
A 10-0 run in the second set with freshman Brooklyn Taylor at the line gave Marian a 17-8 advantage as the Sabres cruised to take a 2-0 lead. The Sabre offense had their best set of the night in the second hitting .242, while the defense held the Sabercats to a .000 hitting percentage behind seven digs from junior Amber Yahr.
The Sabercats looked poised to force a fourth set jumping out to a 19-10 advantage but the Sabres would rattle off a 12-2 run and take a 22-21 lead. The rest of the set was back-and-forth but Maranatha Baptist would manage to fight off a match-point opportunity and force the fourth set.
Maranatha Baptist stayed tight with the Sabres but were unable to hold the lead at any point as Marian was able to close out the match with a 6-1 run at the end of the set. Once again, the Marian defense held MBU to a .000 hitting percentage behind 27 digs in the set.
Schrauth paced the Sabres once again producing her second consecutive double-double with 19 kills and 15 digs. Yahr also had a double-double in the win with 18 digs and 41 assists. Five different Sabres recorded double-digit digs in the back row led by Skroski who had a match-high 25 digs. Skroski would also go on to record four service aces and seven assists. Junior Kaitlyn Kelley also had a productive match with six kills off of a .500 attack percentage.
Marian returns to NACC action traveling to Wisconsin Lutheran Tuesday, Sept. 18 for a 7 p.m. first serve.