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Junior Brittany Miller tallied a team-high 12 kills and added a team-high 18 digs in a five-set defeat on Wednesday.
Junior Brittany Miller tallied a team-high 12 kills and added a team-high 18 digs in a five-set defeat on Wednesday.
Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 1, 2010
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University women's volleyball team had its second straight five-set thriller as NCAA Division III DePauw University came to the Physical Education Center on Wednesday night. The Tigers pulled out the five-setter, 22-25, 25-21, 9-25, 25-21, 15-12, to open their season with a win and send the Knights to their second straight defeat.
 
The Knights jumped out to a 13-8 lead in set one before pushing the lead to 20-16. DePauw made a run to cut it to 21-18, MU scored the final points to secure the 25-22 opening set victory. Junior Brittany Miller led the Knights in the first set with four kills.
 
The Tigers were able to open a four-point lead in set two as they took a 19-15 lead late in the set. They pushed the lead to 23-18 before the Knights scored a pair of points to cut the lead to 23-20. However, DePauw scored the final two points to secure the 25-21 win in set two. Senior Sadie Dizney tallied five kills in the set to lead MU.
 
The third set was a back-and-forth affair as the teams traded points until the Tigers took a 9-7 lead. The Knights rattled off the final 18 points of the set to earn a 25-9 victory in the third set. Sophomore Holly Wasmund had six service aces during that span, while freshman Becky Gramer added four kills.
 
The fourth set was controlled by the Tigers from the outset as they earned a 25-21 victory on five Abby Balbach kills to set the match up for the decisive fifth set.
 
The Knights tied the score at 3-3 in the final set and were able to erase a three-point lead to knot the score at 9-9. However, the Tigers scored three straight points to open a 12-9 lead. The Knights stormed back with the next two points, but the Tigers scored two of the final three points to earn the 15-12 fifth set win and claim the match.
 
The Knights had a trio of players in double figures in kills as Gramer, Miller and Dizney each had a team-high 12 kills. Sophomore Ashley Francis added nine kills and 5.5 blocks, while Miller had a team-high 18 digs. Wasmund finished the match with 41 assists and seven service aces.
 
"I think we are getting better," said head coach Dan Findley. "We put in a new offense this season and I think it will take a couple of weeks before we can really run the offense well. We are making progress. I am confident we will keep making improvements and have a better showing the next time out."
 
Marian University will head to the Taylor Trojan Challenge this weekend in Upland, Ind. The Knights will open the tournament on Friday at 3 p.m. when they take on Malone University. They will follow that with a match against Aquinas College at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Knights will take on Walsh University at 10 a.m. before taking on No. 19-ranked Shawnee State University at 12 noon.