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The Knights won their seventh match in the last nine with a three-set sweep on Friday night.
The Knights won their seventh match in the last nine with a three-set sweep on Friday night.
Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 21, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team picked up its seventh win in its last nine matches 25-8, 25-19, 25-14 sweep of Huntington University on Friday night at the Physical Education Center.

The Knights improved to 8-5 in 2012 and 6-2 in Crossroads League play. The Knights sit tied with Taylor University for third in the league.

The first set opened with the two teams trading points until it was tied 3-3. The Knights went on a 5-0 run to open an 8-3 lead and out-scored HU 6-4 to take a 14-7 lead. A block by junior Kacie Kelly and sophomore Kirby Johnson sparked an 8-0 run that pushed the score to 22-7 before HU scored to make it 22-8. MU closed the set with the final three points to earn the 25-8 win.

The second set saw the Foresters jump out to an early lead as they took an 8-4 lead. However, MU battled and tied the score 11-11 before going on an 8-2 run to open a 19-13 lead. The teams traded points the rest of the way as MU earned the 25-19 win to go up 2-0.

The Knights opened the third set in another battle as HU was not going to go down lightly. The teams battled until an MU error tied the score at 7-7. The Knights went on an 8-1 run to open a 15-8 lead and out-scored the Foresters 10-6 to close out the 25-14 win and close out the sweep.

Sophomore Megen Ruff led the Knights in attack with 13 kills and a .423 hitting percentage. She also had a block and two digs. Junior Morgan Merrill added eight kills and two block assists, while sophomore Donala Arnold and junior Becky Gramer each added seven kills. Kelly added six kills and a match-high 28 assists. She also had five digs and three block assists.

Senior Jaymee Singleton tallied a team-high 11 digs, while juniors Karli Williamson and Katie Kaiser each added eight digs in defense.

The Knights will play host to 10th-ranked and Crossroads League-leading Indiana Wesleyan University (14-1; 7-1 CL) on Saturday night at 7 p.m. as part of Homecoming on the MU campus. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. first serve from the Physical Education Center. The match will be video streamed LIVE with live stats available at www.muknights.com.