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Junior Vanessa Lay had a match-high 29 digs in the Knights' thrilling five-set win over IU-East on Tuesday.
Junior Vanessa Lay had a match-high 29 digs in the Knights' thrilling five-set win over IU-East on Tuesday.
Volleyball - Tue, Oct. 6, 2015
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian University volleyball team earned a thrilling five-set victory over Indiana University-East at the Physical Education Center on Tuesday night in a non-league match. The Knights earned the 20-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-11, 15-13 victory to move to 4-8 on the season and earn their first five-set win of the campaign.

Sophomore Frannie Stephenson led the Knights with a double-double after she notched a team-high 18 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Julie Hoying filled the stat sheet after she notched a match-high 50 assists, seven kills and nine digs to go with two block assists. Junior Emily Graves hammered down 12 kills and had two solo blocks to go with three block assists, while sophomores Sabrina Brown and AlyxaKay Shields each tallied nine kills. Sophomore Crystal Williams added eight kills for the MU attack.

Junior Vanessa Lay notched a match-high 29 digs to lead the MU defense, while junior Kylie Flanagan added 14 digs and junior Maddie Heidenreich added 10 digs for MU.

The Knights opened slowly in a 25-20 set one defeat, but stormed back in the second set to take the 26-24 win to even up the match. The third set saw IU-East get the momentum back with a 25-19 win, but MU exploded out to a 21-7 lead in the fourth set and equalized again, 25-11, to send the match to a decisive fifth set.

The Red Wolves looked as if they were going to break away from the Knights when they took an 8-5 lead, but MU fought back to even the match at 8-8 on a Shields kill. The teams would draw even three more times before Williams and Stephenson iced the 15-13 win with back-to-back kills.

The Knights will hit the road on Friday and Saturday when they head to the Big Guns Classic in Joliet, Ill. MU will take on No. 8-ranked Evangel (Mo.) (23-0) in the 6 p.m. match on Friday. They will follow that with the 8 p.m. match against Clarke (Iowa) (15-5). On Saturday, the Knights will take on Indiana Tech (10-9) at 11 a.m. before closing the classic against St. Ambrose (Iowa) (6-12) at 3 p.m.
IU-East (12-11)25242511132
Marian (IN) (4-8)20261925153
Indianapolis, IN
IU-EastIndv. LeadersMarian (IN)
#13 Mallory Livingston - 20Kills #7 Frannie Stephenson - 18
#9 Sydney Durham - 2Blocks #9 Crystal Williams - 7
#4 Madison Yoder - 22Digs #15 Vanessa Lay - 29
#9 Sydney Durham - 1Aces #5 Julie Hoying - 3
IU-EastTeam StatisticsMarian (IN)
.194Hitting %: .190
3.0Blocks: 11.0
82Digs: 79
1Aces: 7