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The Knights took No. 18 Taylor University to the brink in a five-set thriller on Friday night.
The Knights took No. 18 Taylor University to the brink in a five-set thriller on Friday night.
Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 15, 2012
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by Frank Bestich, Sports Information Intern

INDIANAPOLIS – The mentor got the best of the pupil on Friday night as the Marian University volleyball team fell to No. 18 Taylor University at the Physical Education Center on Friday night.

First-year head coach Ashlee Pritchard's Knights fell to TU head coach Brittney Smith's Trojans in a five-set thriller, 25-22, 14-25, 12-25, 25-17, 12-15, in the first match between the two since Pritchard's move from assistant coach at Taylor University to head coach at Marian University.

The Knights got off to the start Coach Pritchard was hoping for against her alma mater by winning the first set. However, the team looked sluggish in the following two sets, but was able to bounce back to win the fourth set to force a decisive fifth set. The Knights and Trojans battled throughout the deciding set, but, ultimately, a late Trojan run earned TU the 15-12 fifth set victory.

Senior Ashley Francis and sophomore Megan Ruff led the offensive attack as each tallied 12 kills. Francis leads the team in kills with 93, but Ruff is only one kill behind with 92. The duo had 24 of the Knights' 51 kills against the Trojans and accounted for nearly 42 percent of the team's points through the first 10 matches. Junior Morgan Merrill contributed eight kills and sophomore Donala Arnold recorded seven.

Junior Kacie Kelly continues to lead the Knights in assists and totaled 42 of the team's 47 against the Trojans and added 10 digs in defense. She now has 359 assists on the year and will continue to set up her teammates.

Juniors Becky Gramer and Karli Williamson both had two service aces each and Gramer added 15 digs, as well.  Senior Jaymee Singleton also recorded 12 digs, which brings her team-leading season total to 153.

The Knights will look to rebound on Saturday when Mt. Vernon Nazarene University visits the Physical Education Center at 1 p.m. The match will be video streamed LIVE on the Knights Athletics Network at