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Senior Brittany Miller narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and 16 digs in MU's three-set defeat on Wednesday.
Senior Brittany Miller narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and 16 digs in MU's three-set defeat on Wednesday.
Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 28, 2011
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team put up a fight early, but the 13th-ranked Taylor University Trojans proved too strong as the Knights fell in straight sets, 22-25, 21-25, 13-25, at the Physical Education Center on Wednesday night.
 
The Knights fell to 8-7 overall and 4-5 in Mid-Central College Conference play, while the Trojans improved to 13-3 overall and remained flawless in conference play at 9-0.
 
Senior Brittany Miller led the Knights' attack with nine kills and notched a team-high 16 digs. Senior Kelsee Evans and junior Ashley Francis each finished with seven kills, while sophomore Becky Gramer tallied six kills for the Knights.
 
Sophomore Kacie Kelly notched a team-high 18 assists, while sophomore Karli Williamson tallied 11 assists. Junior Jaymee Schambers finished with 12 digs and sophomore Katie Kaiser finished with 10 digs in defense.
 
The Knights jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the Trojans stormed back to knot the score, 8-8. After each team tallied a point, the Trojans went on an 8-0 run to open a 17-9 lead, but the Knights cut the lead to one, 22-21, on a service ace by Miller. However, back-to-back TU points put them up 24-21 and they were able to close out the 25-22 win in set one. Miller led the Knights with five kills in the first set.
 
The second set was back-and-forth through the first 11 points as Taylor held a 6-5 lead. A 5-1 TU run pushed it to 11-6, but the Knights battled back to within two, 15-13, before a 5-2 run opened a 20-15 lead. MU closed the gap back to two at 20-18, but a 5-1 run closed out the 25-21 victory. Gramer led the attack in the second set with five kills, while Evans and Miller each added four kills.
 
The final set saw the Knights and Trojans go back-and-forth until a 3-3 tie was busted wide open by the Trojans by taking eight of the next 12 points to open an 11-7 lead. With the score 15-11, the Trojans went on a 6-0 run to open a 21-11 lead and never looked back in crusing to the 25-13 win and seal the match.
 
The Knights will hit the road on Thursday when they step out of conference and head to DePauw University. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. in Greencastle, Ind.