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Volleyball - Sat, Sep. 9, 2017
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Taylor, Ind. - Following a big win over Mt. Vernon Nazarene Friday night, the Marian volleyball team topped it with a 3-1 victory over Taylor University Saturday afternoon. Marian is now 11-2 overall this season and 3-0 in Crossroads League play. 

Coming off the program's first win against Mt. Vernon since October 4, 2013, Marian looked to make more history on Saturday against Taylor. Marian had not defeated Taylor since the day after the Mt. Vernon win in 2013, exactly 1,437 days ago. Coach Pritchard's squad was mentally sharp all weekend, staying focused on the task at hand as they were able to pick up the win at Taylor. The 3-1 win over the Trojans was huge for the program, as it propels Marian into sole possesion of first place in the Crossroads League, after Taylor had managed to knock off Indiana Wesleyan the night before.

Marian dominated Taylor in the stat book, leading the Trojans in kills, assists, digs, aces, and hitting percentage. Starting the match off strong, the Knights held the lead for the entirety of the first two sets, winning 25-16 and 25-15. Not going away easily, Taylor fought back against Marian to win the third set 25-16. After suffering a minor setback, the Knights showed great mental toughness to pull out the fourth set win 25-21. The fourth set proved to be the most challenging of the day, as Marian didn't pull away with a comfortable lead until the final six points. 

"This was a big weekend as well as week for us," said coach Ashlee Pritchard. "All three teams were incredibly tough opponents and we knew that we had to be on top of our game. Taylor and MVNU (Mt. Vernon Nazarene) are solid teams that have tough playing environments because of the great fan base those team's have. Our team was composed the entire weekend and didn't let runs rattle them.

I am very proud of the leadership on this team keeping our team mentally into each set. Our bench also deserves a lot of credit for maintaining a hihg level of energy this weekend. Our conference is incredibly competitve this year and any team can beat each other any given day."

Kacee Salyers led the Knights with 12 kills, as she recorded a double-double with her 11 digs. AlyxaKay Shields had 11 kills for the Knights, while Frannie Stephenson had nine. Anne Strevels and Sarah Clem each had eight. Clem and Salyers led Marian in block assists at four each, with Strevels chipping in three of her own. 

Julie Hoying and Madi Heffrom each tallied 24 assists on Saturday, with Heffron recording a double-double of her own thanks to her 13 digs. Vanessa Lay led the Knights defensively with her 22 digs, and Megan Hawley was second on the team with 16. Hoying led the Knights with three service aces.

Marian will look to extend their nine-game winning streak to 10 games next week when they travel to Spring Arbor. The game is Wednesday night, and will start at 7:00 p.m. Your online source for Marian Athletics, tickets, multimedia, Knight merchandise, photos and more. 

Marian (Ind.) (11-2, 3-0 CL)252516253
Taylor University (8-4, 2-2 CL)161525211
Upland, IN
Marian (Ind.)Indv. LeadersTaylor University
#12 Kacee Salyers - 12Kills #10 Becca Gerig - 18
2 Players (#3,#12) - 4Blocks #9 Addy Bailey - 5
#15 Vanessa Lay - 22Digs #7 Samantha Korn - 24
#5 Julie Hoying - 3Aces #12 Brooke Syswerda - 1
Marian (Ind.)Team StatisticsTaylor University
0.214Hitting %: 0.145
7.0Blocks: 6.0
87Digs: 78
6Aces: 1