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Junior Sadie Dizney, reigning MCC Hitter of the Week, led the Knights with a double-double in its win over Goshen.
Junior Sadie Dizney, reigning MCC Hitter of the Week, led the Knights with a double-double in its win over Goshen.
Volleyball - Tue, Oct. 20, 2009
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INDIANAPOLIS - The women's volleyball match between the Marian University Knights and the Goshen College Maple Leafs had to wait 25 minutes due to transportation issues, but the fans in attendance were treated to a spectacular match between two determined teams at the Physical Education Center on Tuesday night.
The Knights pulled out a five-set thriller, but had to come from two sets down to pull off the 16-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-13 victory. The win improved their record to 24-7 overall and 5-2 in the Mid-Central College Conference.
The Maple Leafs jumped in front 18-9 in the first set and never looked back as they took the set, 25-16. The Knights had an attack percentage of .027 in set one, and Goshen took full advantage.
After jumping out to a 10-3 lead in set two, Goshen cruised to a 25-18 win as the Knights could not get it together in attack. While the Knights had an attack percentage of .188, Goshen blistered the court with a .458 attack percentage and just two errors to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
However, the Knights were not about to cave easily. They aggressively opened a 10-3 lead in the third set and, eventually, led 23-11 before Goshen mounted a comeback to close to 24-17. A timeout by head coach Dan Findley calmed the ladies down and they got that final point to earn the 25-17 and close the match to 2-1.
Another quick start in set number four saw the Knights take a 10-6 lead. However, a 6-2 Goshen run tied the score, 12-12. The teams were tied 13-13 when GOshen took a 19-16 lead. The Knighta answered with an 8-0 run to take a 24-19 lead. The Maple Leafs were not going down without a fight. The scored the next three points to cut the score to 24-22 before Findley called another timely timeout. Freshman Ashley Francis (Avon, Ind./Avon) scored the winning kill to take the set, 25-22, and set up the decisive fifth set.
Goshen scored the first point of the fifth set, and the two teams played even, 2-2, through four points. The Knights went on an 8-2 run to take a commanding 10-4 lead, but Goshen went on a 4-0 run to cut the lead back to two, 10-8. The Knights took a 14-10 lead before Goshen scored three consecutive points to cut the lead to 14-13. Another timeout set the tone for the Knights as they came out and senior Rachel Klene (Indianapolis, Ind./Roncalli) finished off the 15-13 come-from-behind victory.
The Knights received a double-double from junior and reigning MCC Hitter of the Week Sadie Dizney (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) as she tallied 14 kills and a team-high 15 digs. Francis led the Knights with 19 kills and four blocks, while senior Ashley Hanslits (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) had 12 kills and two blocks.
Sophomore Brittany Miller (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) tallied 14 digs, while senior Katy Smith (Clayton, Ind./Cascade) added 12 digs in defense. Freshman and reigning MCC Setter and Player of the Week Holly Wasmund (Avon, Ind./Avon) had a team-high 26 assists, while sophomore Mollie Heidenreich (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) added 25 assists.
The Knights are now 24-7 on the season and have notched their best record since the 1997 season when they finished 29-6.
The Knights head out of conference for a road matchup with defending USCAA national champion Spalding University in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday. The match is slated for 7 p.m.