Sabres Put Away Warriors in NAC Opener
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – A third-set come-from-behind win put an exclamation point on a straight sets victory for the Marian University women's volleyball team as they dispatched visiting Wisconsin Lutheran College, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-22, at Sadoff Gymnasium this evening, Sept. 11.
A moment of silence was held prior to the match in remembrance of Sept. 11, but afterwards, there was nothing but cheers from the Marian faithful as three close sets made for an exciting win for the Sabres. Carlie Kinsey and Anna Smit tallied seven kills apiece, while Katie Reimer dished out 23 assists and Ashley Zumbrock led with 12 digs for Marian.
The Sabres improve to 6-5 overall, 1-0 in the Northern Athletics Conference, while Wisconsin Lutheran falls to 3-4, 0-1 NAC.
The first set established the tone for the Blue and White as Katrina Jansen recorded two of her three service aces to lead Marian to 4-0 lead. The Warriors would climb back to tie the score at 10-10, but the Sabres responded with a 10-6 run to retake the lead before Smit capitalized with a set-ending kill for the 25-21 win.
In the second set, the Sabres would once again jump out to 3-0 lead and never look back. After the lead grew to 18-12, Wisconsin Lutheran was forced to call a timeout and they took advantage by closing to the gap to 22-21. Jansen put a stop to that run, however, with a Reimer-assisted kill, followed by a Smit kill and a bad WLC set to close it out, 25-22.
The third set played in favor of the Warriors at the outset as they grabbed an early 5-3 lead. It would last long as Marian tied it at 5-5 and later gained a 10-9 lead on Jansen's third ace of the match. Following a 13-13 tie, WLC used a 9-6 run to take a 22-19 advantage late in the set.
But Marian kept its composure and Reimer and Casey Lamberty teamed up to put away the Warriors with three straight kills to make it 24-22 and set up match point. Reimer and Katlin Jarvis then put an exclamation point on an exciting win with a vicious block that put it away.
The Sabres will be back in action this Thursday, Sept. 13, to take on Concordia Wisconsin in Mequon. First serve is slated for 7 p.m.