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Senior Ashley Francis had a match-high 21 kills in MU's five-set defeat to Bethel on Friday night.
Senior Ashley Francis had a match-high 21 kills in MU's five-set defeat to Bethel on Friday night.
Volleyball - Sat, Oct. 6, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking, five-set thriller to Bethel College, 26-24, 18-25, 25-16, 21-25, 17-19, at the Physical Education Center on Friday night.

The Knights fell to 9-11 overall and 6-5 in the Crossroads League, while the Pilots moved to 11-9 overall and 5-5 in league play.

Senior Ashley Francis led the Knights in attack with a match-high 21 kills and a .559 hitting percentage. She also added one solo block and three block assists. Junior Becky Gramer added 13 kills and a .293 attack percentage, while sophomore Megen Ruff added eight kills. Junior Kacie Kelly added 44 assists, while five different players notched double figures in digs.

Juniors Karli Williamson and Katie Kaiser each tallied 20 digs, while senior Jaymee Singleton had 19 digs. Gramer was able to get a double-double with 18 digs to go with her 13 kills. The Knights notched nine blocks as a team.

The match was back-and-forth throughout as the two teams could not separate themselves from one another. The Knights earned a 26-24 win in set one thanks to seven kills from Francis. The Pilots took set two, 25-18, as the Knights were able to muster just a .083 hitting percentage in the set. Francis tallied four kills, but the Knights only notched 10 kills for the set. The first two sets combined saw 24 ties and eight lead changes.

The third set saw the Knights pull away from the Pilots with the lead at two, 14-12. Ruff sparked a 6-0 run to give MU a 20-12 lead and the Knights just cruised to the 25-16 set win. Gramer led the way with four kills, while Francis added three in the set.

The back-and-forth fourth set saw the Pilots pull away from the Knights in similar fashion to the third set. With the score tied at 12-12, a Maggie Caldwell kill sparked an 11-5 run that gave Bethel a 23-17 lead. MU tried to fight back with an ace from Gramer and a pair of kills from Francis, but the Pilots hung on for the 25-21 set win to send it to a decisive fifth set.

Very similar to the first two sets, neither team wanted to pull away in the final set. The set featured 15 ties and six lead changes as BC was able to pull out a 19-17 set win and a 3-2 match victory. The Knights had four match points, but Bethel used a 4-1 run with MU up 16-15 to earn the victory.

MU will head to Goshen College on Saturday for a 1 p.m. first serve. The match can be watched LIVE at