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Volleyball - Wed, Aug. 23, 2017
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KOKOMO - Wednesday night the Marian Volleyball team opened their 2017 campaign on a high note, coming out victorious against IU - Kokomo 3-1 in four sets. The win gives the Knights a 1-0 record on the young season. 

In the first set, the Knights took control from the word go, winning the first point of the match on a Frannie Stephenson kill. Leading 9-7, the Knights broke away with the set, expanding their lead to 18-10. Marian continued to dominate, taking the first set 25-15.

The second set saw a back and forth battle that lasted the entire round. After jumping out to a two-nothing lead, the Cougars and Knights traded blows the rest of the way. Marian found themselves trailing two points at 20-18, but was able to rally to get back in front at 22-20. Unfortunately, that lead would not last, as Kokomo pulled off the comeback winning 25-22. 

Marian once again found themselves trailing in the third set, falling behind 9-14. Using a never give up attitude, the Knights came back using an 8-2 run to take a 17-16 lead. Exchanging the lead on multiple possessions, Marian found themselves trailing 24-23 at set point, but a Kacee Salyers kill brought new life into the match. Marian rallied back, and took the third 27-25 on a powerful kill from AlyxaKay Shieds.

Carrying the momentum into the fourth set, the Knights took a commanding 8-2 lead to open the frame. Keeping their foot on the pedal, Coach Ashlee Pritchard's group finished strong, capping the night with a 25-21 fourth set victory. 

Marian was led by Hannah Trout who had 10 kills, while Kacee Salyers and Shields each had nine kills. Stephenson had eight kills. Madi Heffron led with 19 assists and Julie Hoying had 17. Vanessa Lay had a match high 30 digs, while Hoying had 23.

The Knights will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Chicago for the St. Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover.

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Final1234F
Marian (1-0)252227253
IU Kokomo (Ind.) (2-3)152525211
IU Kokomo
MarianIndv. LeadersIU Kokomo (Ind.)
#9 Hannah Trout - 10Kills None
3 Players - 3Blocks None
#15 Vanessa Lay - 30Digs None
3 Players - 1Aces None
MarianTeam StatisticsIU Kokomo (Ind.)
.104Hitting %: .036
7.0Blocks: 8.0
112Digs: 100
3Aces: 6