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Volleyball - Sat, Aug. 27, 2016
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PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. – After an 0-2 start to the season, the Marian volleyball team bounced back Saturday at the SXU/TCC Tournament in Palos Heights, Illinois. The Knights defeated Judson 3-0 in the first match of the day before winning 3-2 over St. Ambrose in the second to even their season record.

BOX SCORE 1 | BOX SCORE 2 | SEASON STATS

Marian did not win a set in its two matches Friday, but flipped the script against Judson in the early-morning opener of the day. The Knights won the first three sets, 26-24, 25-18, 25-20, and moved to 1-2 on the season.

The two teams went back-and-forth in the third set through the first 30 points before Marian pulled away and sealed the victory. The Knights were led by AlyxaKay Shields, Julie Hoying and Madi Heffron. After a quality day yesterday, Shields led the team with 11 kills. Hoying had a team-high 21 assists and Heffron was right behind with 17. Frannie Stephenson added 10 kills, while Maddie Heidenreich, Vanessa Lay and Megan Hawley had 14, 13 and 12 digs, respectively.

In the second game, Marian defeated St. Ambrose in five sets, 25-14, 25-17, 13-25, 24-26, 15-9. After winning the first two sets, Marian had to hold off a rally from St. Ambrose to secure the victory. Shields and Stephenson led the attack once again, finishing with 18 and 14 kills, respectively. Kristen Buss added eight and Taylor Nauert chipped in with six.

Hoying led the way with 31 assists and Heffron added 15. Four players recorded double-digit digs, highlighted by Lay's 18. The match was the first to go past three sets this season for Marian.

The Knights will host Goshen in their home and conference opener Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Final - Volleyball123F
Marian (1-2)2625253
Judson University (2-3)2418200
Palos Heights, ILI
MarianIndv. LeadersJudson University
#14 AlyxaKay Shields - 11Kills #6 Speweik, Claire - 8
#2 Anne Strevels - 5Blocks #13 Smith, Grace - 4
#1 Maddie Heidenreich - 14Digs 3 Players - 8
#5 Julie Hoying - 4Aces 2 Players (#4,#10) - 2
MarianTeam StatisticsJudson University
.202Hitting %: .065
6.0Blocks: 5.0
57Digs: 42
5Aces: 6
Final - Volleyball12345F
Marian University (1-3)25251324153
St. Ambrose Univ. (1-3)1417252692
Palos Heights, IL
Marian UniversityIndv. LeadersSt. Ambrose Univ.
#14 AlyxaKay Shields - 18Kills #23 Hermiston, Emily - 15
2 Players (#13,#14,#7) - 1Blocks #18 Binkus, Lily - 4
#15 Vanessa Lay - 18Digs #19 Lebahn, Sydney - 14
2 Players (#1,#8) - 2Aces #2 Hummert, Riley - 5
Marian UniversityTeam StatisticsSt. Ambrose Univ.
.203Hitting %: .078
5.0Blocks: 5.0
81Digs: 57
5Aces: 11