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The Knights used a total team effort to cruise to a three-set sweep of Goshen College on Wednesday night.
The Knights used a total team effort to cruise to a three-set sweep of Goshen College on Wednesday night.
Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 15, 2010
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team put together a complete team performance for the first time this season as the Knights cruised to a three-set sweep of Goshen College, 25-11, 25-19, 25-22, on Wednesday night at the Physical Education Center. 

The Knights improved to 2-8 on the season and 2-2 in the Mid-Central College Conference.
Marian scored the first three points of the first set and stormed out to an 11-6 lead. After a Goshen point, the Knights rattled off seven straight to open an 18-7 lead. The Maple Leafs were able to back-to-back points to cut the deficit to 10, 19-9, but the Knights out-scored Goshen 6-2 over the final eight points to secure the dominant 25-11 win in the first set. The Knights tallied multiple kills from four players and had a hitting percentage of .423 (13-2-26) to take the 1-0 lead.
 
The Knights opened a 3-0 lead in the second set as well, but Goshen pulled even quickly and the teams went back-and-forth until the score was tied 10-10. MU went on a 6-0 run to open a 16-10 lead, which they would not relinquish as they closed the 25-19 second set win. Three players tallied four kills in the second set and the Knights got two key solo blocks from sophomore Ashley Francis in the second frame.
 
The final set saw a little more drama than the first two sets as the two teams were even 2-2 after four points. However, the Knights opened a 6-2 lead with a 4-0 run. The Maple Leafs got to within one at 12-11, but the Knights were able to maintain the lead until Goshen knotted the score at 16-16. The Leafs were able to take a 19-18 lead before the Knights returned the favor and took a 20-19 lead. With the scored tied a 20-20, the Knights scored five of the final seven points to earn the 25-22 win and the three-set sweep of the Maple Leafs (7-3; 2-2 MCC). Francis led the Knights with four kills in the set.
 
Francis and junior Brittany Miller led the Knights with 10 kills, while senior Sadie Dizney and junior Kelsee Evans added eight and seven kills, respectively. Francis hit an outstanding .571 (10-2-14) for the match. Freshman Kacie Kelly tallied a team-high 20 assists, while sophomore Holly Wasmund notched 16 assists. Freshman Katie Kaiser led the defense with 15 digs, while Miller added 10. Francis finished with two solo blocks and two block assists for the Knights' defense.
 
The Knights remain at home when Anderson University comes to the Physical Education Center tomorrow night. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. and LIVE STATISTICS will be available at www.muknights.com.