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The Knights are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 and earned a sweep of Bethel to clinch second place.
The Knights are receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 and earned a sweep of Bethel to clinch second place.
Volleyball - Wed, Nov. 4, 2009
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MISHAWAKA, Ind. - The Marian University women's volleyball team closed the 2009 regular season with a sweep of Bethel College on the road on Wednesday night to clinch second place in the Mid-Central College Conference and the No. 2 seed for the 2009 MCC Tournament.
The Knights, who are receiving the most votes in school history (5) in the NAIA Women's Volleyball Coaches' Poll, blew through the Bethel College Pilots in straight sets, 25-20, 25-18, 25-17, on Wednesday night.
The runner-up finish in the MCC was the best finish in school history, and the 6-2 MCC record was the best in school history. The Knights are 28-7 and have the second-best record in school history as the 1997 team finished with a 29-6 overall record.
"This has been a pretty good season for us," said head coach Dan Findley. "Tonight, we served really well and we are looking forward to the conference tournament."
Freshman Ashley Francis (Avon, Ind./Avon) and senior Ashley Hanslits (Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard) led the Knights at the service line with three aces each, while junior Carrie Sherman (Indianapolis, Ind./Perry Meridian) added two aces.
Junior Sadie Dizney (Speedway, Ind./Speedway) led the Knights in attack with 11 kills and also added a team-high five blocks (one solo, four assists). Francis added 10 kills, while Hanslits tallied nine kills.
Senior Katy Smith (Clayton, Ind./Cascade) led the Knights in defense with a team-high 11 digs, while freshman Holly Wasmund (Avon, Ind./Avon) dished out 20 assists.
As the No. 2 seed, the Knights will play host to the first round of the 2009 MCC Tournament on Tuesday night at the Physical Education Center. Their opponent will be determined on Thursday night when Huntington and the University of St. Francis (Ind.) do battle. With a Huntington win, the Knights will host Bethel College, but if Huntington falls, the Knights will take on the Foresters. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. and admission is five dollars.