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Senior Jaymee Singleton had a match-high 22 digs in defense for the Knights in a three-set sweep of Hanover on Monday.
Senior Jaymee Singleton had a match-high 22 digs in defense for the Knights in a three-set sweep of Hanover on Monday.
Volleyball - Mon, Sep. 10, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team picked up its fourth straight victory on Monday night with an emphatic 25-14, 25-16, 25-11 victory over Hanover College at the Physical Education Center. The Knights are now 5-3 on the year after a 1-2 start to the season, while the Panthers fell to 4-6 in 2012.

"The team is carrying some great momentum right now," said first-year head coach Ashlee Pritchard. "We struggled at the beginning of the year at keeping our intensity level consistent throughout the match, but we have done that in the last few matches. We are really excited to see how that progresses."

The Knights jumped out quickly as the opened a 5-0 lead and never looked back. After the team traded points, sophomore Donala Arnold sparked another 5-0 run to make it 10-2 and MU just pulled away from there. The largest led was 14 points at 23-9 and MU was able to close out the 25-14 set win. Junior Kacie Kelly, junior Morgan Merrill and sophomore Donala Arnold each notched three kills in the set to lead the offense.

The second set was more of the same as MU opened a 5-0 lead and pulled out to a 19-9 lead before Hanover was able to cut it to 19-13 with a 4-0 run. The Knights just stayed the course and cruised to the 25-16 set win. Sophomore Megen Ruff tallied five kills, while junior Becky Gramer added four kills. Senior Jaymee Singleton notched a set-high 11 digs in defense for MU.

It took a little longer to get going in the third set, but, eventually, the Knights broke out to a 17-10 lead before a Panther kill cut back to six, 17-11. The Knights then closed the match with an 8-0 run to earn their fourth straight win and first-year head coach Ashlee Pritchard's fifth career victory. Senior Ashley Francis notched five kills, while Arnold added four more kills and Singleton added eight digs in the set.

Arnold led the Knights with nine kills, while Ruff and Francis each finished with eight. Francis finished with a .500 hitting percentage in the match, while Kelly added six kills and Gramer had seven. Kelly notched 31 assists and had 11 digs, while Singleton finished with a match-high 22 digs.

In speaking about Francis, Ruff and Arnold and their ability to get the kill, Coach Pritchard mentioned that "they have been working hard over the last few practices to gain trust in themselves and in each other in practice. When they get out here in a match they are confident to trust that they can put the ball anywhere they want at anytime."

The Knights will return to Crossroads League play on when they head to the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) (4-7; 1-2 CL) on Wednesday night at the Hutzell Athletic Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.