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The Knights split on day one at the Big Guns Classic in Joliet, Ill., on Saturday.
The Knights split on day one at the Big Guns Classic in Joliet, Ill., on Saturday.
Volleyball - Sat, Oct. 11, 2014
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JOLIET, Ill. – The Marian University volleyball team split its two matches on the first day at the Big Guns Classic hosted by University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. USF defeated the Knights in their first match, 15-25, 25-22, 14-25, 15-25. MU won its second match against Missouri Valley College, 25-18, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, to close the first day with a 1-1 record.

The Knights lost to USF in the first match of the day. The loss brought their record to 6-16 on the season. Freshman Erika Ham led the attack for the Knights with six kills, while senior Megan Ruff notched five kills. Sophomore Emily Graves contributed four blocks to lead the defense.

Sophomore Maddie Heidenreich and freshman Julie Hoying each tallied 12 assists for the Knights. Freshman AlyxaKay Shields and freshman McKenzie Mason led MU on defense with 12 digs and 11 digs, respectively. Errors hurt the Knights, who registered 28 attack errors, six service errors and 10 serve reception errors.

In the second match of the day, the Knights defeated Missouri Valley College in four sets. The win improved their record to 7-16 on the season. Sophomore Emily Graves earned 10 kills in the match. The offense was also boosted by freshmen Ericka HamMcKenzie Mason and Crystal Williams who had nine kills each. Sophomore Maddie Heidenreich tallied 25 assists to lead MU. Freshman AlyxaKay Shields contributed 15 digs to the defensive effort.

The Knights round out the weekend on Saturday against Graceland University and Roosevelt University.
 
Final - Volleyball1234F
Marian University (6-16)152514151
St. Francis (IL) (16-12)252225253
Joliet, Ill.
Marian UniversityIndv. LeadersSt. Francis (IL)
2 Players (#6,#11) - 6Kills 2 Players (#6,#2) - 11
#12 Emily Graves - 7Blocks 2 Players (#12,#15) - 5
#14 AlyxaKay Shields - 12Digs #18 Hartnell, Brooke - 20
#13 McKenzie Mason - 2Aces #18 Hartnell, Brooke - 3
Marian UniversityTeam StatisticsSt. Francis (IL)
.035Hitting %: .221
11.0Blocks: 8.0
49Digs: 64
2Aces: 10
Final - Volleyball1234F
Marian University (7-16)252025253
Missouri Valley (15-10)182520161
Joliet, Ill.
Marian UniversityIndv. LeadersMissouri Valley
#12 Emily Graves - 10Kills #11 Jones, Rebecca - 11
#12 Emily Graves - 7Blocks #5 Ballinger, Jordan - 5
#14 AlyxaKay Shields - 15Digs #55 Hathcoat, Lindsay - 17
2 Players (#5,#14,#13) - 1Aces 2 Players (#3,#11) - 2
Marian UniversityTeam StatisticsMissouri Valley
.188Hitting %: .142
8.0Blocks: 9.0
56Digs: 60
7Aces: 5