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Junior Kacie Kelly tallied 32 assists, seven kills, eight digs and a block assist in MU's sweep on Wednesday night.
Junior Kacie Kelly tallied 32 assists, seven kills, eight digs and a block assist in MU's sweep on Wednesday night.
Volleyball - Wed, Oct. 17, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team earned a three-set sweep over the University of Saint Francis (Ind.), 25-12, 25-23, 25-22, on Wednesday night at the Physical Education Center.

The Knights improved to 12-12 on the season and 9-6 in Crossroads League play, while USF dropped to 10-17 overall and 4-10 in league.

Sophomore Megen Ruff led the Knights' attack with 10 kills, while junior Becky Gramer just missed a double-double with nine kills and a team-high 15 digs. Junior Kacie Kelly had a match-high 32 assists and added seven kills in attack as well as eight digs in defense. Junior Katie Kaiser and senior Jaymee Singleton each added 12 digs for the Knights.

The Cougars jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the first set before MU stormed back to tie the match at 4-4. MU went up 10-6 before a Sara Clark kill brought the score to 10-7. The Knights, with sophomore Donala Arnold serving, went on an 8-0 run to take an 18-7 lead and out-scored the Cougars by a 7-5 score to close out the 25-12 set one victory. Ruff led MU in the first set with four kills on five attempts for a .800 attack percentage. MU made just three errors in the set and had a .375 attack percentage as a team.

The second set saw the Knights jumpe out to a 10-3 lead, but, late in the set, they allowed the Cougars to threaten. Leading 18-11, USF went on an 12-5 run to tie the match at 23-23 before a service error and a kill by senior Ashley Francis gave MU the 2-0 lead, 25-23. Francis led MU with four kills in the set, but the Knights had just a .105 attack percentage.

The Knights jumped out to another quick lead in the third set as they took a 13-5 lead. The lead was 17-9 when the Cougars out-scored MU by a 9-4 to close the lead to 21-18. They got within two at 23-21 before Kelly finished off the 25-22 win with a kill. Gramer, Arnold and Ruff each had three kills in the set despite being outhit by the Cougars. USF made just two errors and had a .275 attack percentage, while the Knights had eight errors and a .156 attack rate.

The Knights will head to Huntington University on Friday night in Huntington, Ind. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. and MU is going for the season sweep after the Knights defeated the Foresters, 25-8, 25-19, 25-14 on Sept. 21 in Indianapolis.