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Freshman Ericka Ham tallied a team-high 13 kills and 17 digs for a double-double on Tuesday night.
Freshman Ericka Ham tallied a team-high 13 kills and 17 digs for a double-double on Tuesday night.
Volleyball - Tue, Sep. 30, 2014
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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Marian University volleyball team battled with Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, but could not overcome the Cougars in a tight 20-25, 27-25, 22-25, 23-25 defeat at Ariel Arena in Mount Vernon, Ohio on Tuesday night.

MU dropped to 6-13 overall and 3-7 in league play, while MVNU improved to 13-5 overall and 6-4 in league play.

Freshman Ericka Ham led MU with a double-double. Ham tallied a team-high 13 kills and 17 digs, while sophomore Lauren Gregory also notched a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs. Freshman McKenzie Mason notched 12 kills and added seven digs, while freshman AlyxKay Shields tallied 24 digs in defense for MU. Sophomore Maddie Heidenreich tallied a double-double with 23 assists and 11 digs, while freshman Julie Hoying added 18 assists and 11 digs.

After falling in the first set, 25-20, the Knights fell behind by a 20-14 score in the second set. They battled back to 24-19 and faced match point. MU staved off five set points and knotted the score at 24-24 before closing the 27-25 set win.

The third set saw MU fall behind again, but battle back late in the set. The Cougars took a 24-19 lead before MU staved off another three set points to get to within two at 24-22. However, a service error cost the Knights as MVNU took a 2-1 lead, 25-22.

The fourth set was a back-and-forth battle that featured nine ties. Trailing 23-20, MU posted three straight points to knot the score at 23-23 before an MVNU kill and an MU attack error closed out the 25-23 win for MVNU and sealed the 3-1 match victory.

The Knights will remain on the road on Saturday when they step out of league play to take on NCAA Division III 20th-ranked DePauw University (14-4) at Neal Fieldhouse in Greencastle, Ind. First serve is slated for 5 p.m.
Marian University (6-13, 3-7 Crossroads)202722231
Mt. Vernon Naz. (13-5, 6-4 Crossroads)252525253
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Marian UniversityIndv. LeadersMt. Vernon Naz.
#6 Ericka Ham - 13Kills #5 Annelise Rohrer - 23
#9 Crystal Williams - 6Blocks #16 Kelsey Bryte - 3
#14 AlyxaKay Shields - 24Digs #7 Marlowe Beatty - 29
#6 Ericka Ham - 1Aces 3 Players - 1
Marian UniversityTeam StatisticsMt. Vernon Naz.
.144Hitting %: .122
9.0Blocks: 7.0
84Digs: 79
1Aces: 3