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Freshman Emily Graves led the Knights with a team-high 15 kills in a thrilling five-set win on Wednesday night.
Freshman Emily Graves led the Knights with a team-high 15 kills in a thrilling five-set win on Wednesday night.
Volleyball - Wed, Sep. 11, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team earned just its second victory in its last eight matches against Grace College after the Knights defeated the Lancers in a thrilling, five-set affair at the Physical Education Center on Wednesday night. MU moved to 6-2 on the year and 3-1 in Crossroads League play, while the Lancers dropped to 9-3 overall and 1-3 in league play.

The Knights picked up the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-22, before dropping the third (14-25) and fourth (21-25) sets to make it come down to a decisive fifth set. The Knights opened quickly in the fifth set only to see the Lancers claw back before MU closed out the 15-13 win in the final set to claim the 3-2 victory.

The Knights had four players in double figures in kills with freshman Emily Graves leading the way with 15 kills. Senior Becky Gramer, junior Megen Ruff and freshman Lauren Gregory each added 11 kills for the Knights. Senior Kacie Kelly added a match-high 43 assists, while freshman Taylor Greenan led MU's defense with 24 digs. Gramer tallied a double-double with 16 digs to go with her 11 kills, while Kelly added 18 digs to go with her 43 assists.

The first set saw MU jump out quickly, but the Lancers reeled the Knights in and took a 10-6 lead in a set that featured seven ties and two lead changes. MU stormed back and exchanged points with the Lancers until, with a 19-18 lead, MU went on a 4-0 run to open a 23-18 lead and closed out the set with the final two points. Gregory had a team-high five kills in the set, while Greenan had six digs.

The second set saw MU open an 8-4 lead before Grace came back to take a 17-16 lead. The Lancers pushed the lead to 19-17 before the Knights stormed back to tie it at 19. Grace scored two straight to take a 21-19 lead, but MU clawed back to tie the set at 21-21. The Lancers took a 22-21 lead before an attack error and back-to-back kills by Ruff and Gregory sealed the 25-22 win and gave MU a 2-0 lead. Gramer and Gregory each had three kills in the set.

Coming out slow was an understatement for the Knights in the third set. They went back-and-forth with the Lancers until it was 9-8. Grace ripped off five straight points to extend the lead to 14-8 and never looked back en route to the 25-14 set win. The Knights committed 10 attack errors and did not play in sync during the set. Graves finished the set with a set-high four kills.

The fourth set was a battle as the lead changed hands three times and it featured four ties. Grace opened a 6-2 lead early before MU came back to tie it and went on to take a 13-9 lead. The Lancers fought all the way back and took a 16-15 lead and pulled away from there in earning the 25-21 set win to tie the match and send it to a decisive fifth set. Graves tallied three kills, but Grace's Dana Johnston was the story with eight kills in the set.

MU jumped on Grace quickly in the fifth set as a kill, two attack errors and a block by Ruff and Gregory gave MU a 4-0 lead. Grace came back and made it 5-5 before a Ruff kill sparked a 6-0 run and pushed the lead to 11-5. The Lancers answered with a 3-0 run to cut it to 11-8 and got as close as 12-11 and 14-13 before Gramer finished off the win with a kill to give MU a 15-13 set win and the 3-2 match win. Ruff led the way with four kills, while Graves added three in the fifth set.

MU will head to Goshen College (5-6; 0-3 CL) on Friday for a 6 p.m. first serve at Gunden Gymnasium in Goshen, Ind.
Grace College (9-3; 1-3 CL)19222525132
Marian University (6-2; 3-1 CL)25251421153
Indianapolis, Ind.
Grace CollegeIndv. LeadersMarian University
#9 Dana Johnston - 16Kills #12 Emily Graves - 15
#20 Grace Woolsey - 4Blocks 3 Players - 2
#18 Jessica Scherb - 25Digs #2 Taylor Greenan - 24
#11 Ellie Harp - 2Aces 3 Players - 1
Grace CollegeTeam StatisticsMarian University
.101Hitting %: .121
6.0Blocks: 5.0
99Digs: 92
5Aces: 3