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Volleyball - Fri, Sep. 1, 2017
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RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The Marian volleyball team started off the Rio Grande Tournament on the right foot, winning a pair of matches Friday night in Rio Grande, Ohio. The Knights swept Northwestern Ohio in the first match before taking down Point Park, 3-1. Marian is now 6-2 on the season.

Game 1: Marian 3-0 Northwestern Ohio

The Knights made quick work of the Racers in the first match of the day. Marian won in three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-13 and 25-23 to secure a 3-0 sweep for the fourth time this season.

As the Knights have demonstrated this season, a balanced attack was the key to victory. Frannie Stephenson was the lone Knight with double figure kills, finishing with 11, but Anne Strevels added eight and three other players had five or more. Marian committed only seven attacking errors compared to Northwestern Ohio's 13.

Julie Hoying led Marian with 22 assists, while Madi Heffron added 10. Hoying finished with 15 digs as well and Vanessa Lay contributed a game-high 22. Marian had seven total team blocks and had an attacking percentage of .327.

Game 2: Marian 3-1 Point Park

A hot start was the key to victory in the second match of the evening as Marian won the first set 25-14 and followed with another convincing 25-16 win in set two. After Point Park edged the Knights, 25-23, in the third set, Marian flipped the script and closed out the match with a 25-23 win the fourth and final set.

Kacee Salyers had 16 kills and Stephenson finished with 14. Strevels and AlyxaKay Shields added nine apiece as the Knights racked up 62 kills for the match. Marian benefitted from a fairly clean attacking game, committing only 11 errors in 134 total attacks, while Point Park made 16 attacking errors with only 38 kills.

The duo of Hoying and Heffron combined for 55 assists as Hoying supplied 23 and Heffron was right behind with 22. Heffron had 12 digs to go along with the assists, while Olivia Gillum led Marian with 19 digs. Lay added nine.

Marian had nine total blocks compared to Point Park's three and Sarah Clem led the way with five block assists. Salyers had four. 

Marian will be back in action early Saturday against Rio Grande at 9 a.m. and against Midway at 1 p.m.

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Final - Volleyball123F
Marian (Ind.) (5-2)2525253
Northwestern Ohio (8-4)2013230
Rio Grande, OH
Marian (Ind.)Indv. LeadersNorthwestern Ohio
#7 Frannie Stephenson - 11Kills #19 Taylor Winner - 12
#3 Sarah Clem - 3Blocks 2 Players (#9,#19) - 2
#15 Vanessa Lay - 22Digs #7 Taina Soranzo - 16
#12 Kacee Salyers - 3Aces 4 Players - 1
Marian (Ind.)Team StatisticsNorthwestern Ohio
0.327Hitting %: 0.125
7.0Blocks: 6.0
74Digs: 62
4Aces: 4
Final - Volleyball1234F
Marian (Ind.) (6-2)252523253
Point Park (Pa.) (4-3)141625231
Rio Grande, OH
Marian (Ind.)Indv. LeadersPoint Park (Pa.)
#12 Kacee Salyers - 16Kills #5 Meg Reineke - 14
#3 Sarah Clem - 6Blocks #9 Savannah Dishman - 3
#1 Olivia Gillum - 19Digs #23 Ashley Taylor - 17
#16 Maddie Keerns - 2Aces #21 Erica Gumz - 3
Marian (Ind.)Team StatisticsPoint Park (Pa.)
0.381Hitting %: 0.154
9.0Blocks: 3.0
69Digs: 61
3Aces: 5