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Sophomore Frannie Stephenson and the Knights snapped a six-match slide on Saturday evening.
Sophomore Frannie Stephenson and the Knights snapped a six-match slide on Saturday evening.
Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 26, 2015
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team snapped a six-match losing skid with a sweep over Grace College, 25-20, 25-17, 26-24, at the Physical Education Center on Saturday evening. The Knights moved to 3-7 overall and 3-6 in Crossroads League play.

The theme for the evening was battle through and try to take advantage when opportunity presented itself. The two teams fought through the first 28 points of the first set and were tied eight times until, with the score 14-14, a kill by sophomore Crystal Williams broke the back-and-forth affair and started a 3-0 run. MU never looked back as they took a 21-16 lead and cruised to the 25-20 first set win.

The second set was much different as the Knights jumped out to a 6-1 lead and maintained their lead until sophomore AlyxaKay Shields hammered a kill, her second of the set, to close out the 25-17 win.

The third set got back on the theme for the evening as both teams fought throughout. The Knights were able to go up 13-8, but the Lancers fought all the way back to knot the score at 18-18. MU opened up a three-point lead, but the Lancers, again, fought back to tie the score at 24-24 by staving off three match points. However, back-to-back Lancer errors sealed the 26-24 win and the sweep.

Sophomore Frannie Stephenson led the way for the Knights with a match-high 12 kills, while junior Emily Graves had an attack percentage of .474 and nine kills. Sophomore AlyxaKay Shields also tallied nine kills for MU, while sophomore Julie Hoying notched a match-high 33 assists and six digs. Junior Vanessa Lay notched a match-high 22 digs, while junior Kylie Flanagan registered 12 digs for MU.

The Knights will look to continue their winning ways when they head to Indiana Wesleyan University (15-3; 8-1 CL) on Wednesday night at Luckey Arena in Marion, Ind.
Grace (IN) (12-9; 4-5 CL)2017240
Marian (IN) (3-7; 3-6 CL)2525263
Indianapolis, IN
Grace (IN)Indv. LeadersMarian (IN)
2 Players (#4,#15) - 7Kills #7 Frannie Stephenson - 12
#8 Kari Feddema - 3Blocks #7 Frannie Stephenson - 3
2 Players (#4,#6) - 14Digs #15 Vanessa Lay - 22
#13 Tori Bontrager - 2Aces 3 Players - 1
Grace (IN)Team StatisticsMarian (IN)
.060Hitting %: .205
4.0Blocks: 5.0
53Digs: 56
4Aces: 3