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Sophomore Ashley Francis tallied a team-high 16 kills in a five-set defeat to IU-East on Wednesday.
Sophomore Ashley Francis tallied a team-high 16 kills in a five-set defeat to IU-East on Wednesday.
Volleyball - Wed, Aug. 25, 2010
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team opened the 2010-11 campaign on Wednesday night at the Physical Education Center. The Knights played host to IU-East in a non-conference thriller that went five sets before the Red Wolves pulled out the match, 24-26, 23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 15-10, to crash the Knights' home-opening party. 
The Knights jumped out in from 7-3 in the opening set, but the Red Wolves battled throughout as the teams went back-and-forth until the Knights closed the set with a 26-24 win. Sophomore Ashley Francis tallied six kills in the opening set as MU took the 1-0 lead.
Francis added six more kills and notched her second block in the second set as another back-and-forth set went to the Knight, 25-23. However, it seemed as if the Red Wolves hadn't quite turned on the jets until the third set.
IUE blasted out in front 11-7 and cruised to a 25-20 victory to cut the gap to 2-1. The Red Wolves were not done as they jumped out to an eight-point lead, 17-9, in the fourth set en route to a nine-point win, 25-16. It was all going to come down to the decisive fifth set.
In front of a raucous crowd, the teams battled until IU-East was able to open a four-point edge at 11-7. The Knights cut it to two, 12-10, but the Red Wolves closed out the come-from-behind victory with the final three points to take the set by a 15-10 margin.
IU-East stayed unbeaten with the victory (5-0), while the Knights dropped to 0-1 on the season.
Francis led the Knights with 16 kills, while senior Sadie Dizney tallied 13 kills. Junior Brittany Miller notched 10 kills and seven digs for the Knights. Freshman Katie Kaiser tallied 15 digs, while sophomore Holly Wasmund added 50 assists. Francis added four blocks in defense.
The Knights head to the University of Indianapolis on Saturday for an exhibition match before heading to Hinkle Fieldhouse to take on Butler University on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.