FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Another dominant straight sets victory was had by the Marian University women's volleyball team as it defeated visiting Lawrence University, 25-23, 25-11 and 25-19, in non-conference action this evening, Sept. 19.
The Sabres hit a stellar .214 for the match, including .357 in the second set. Carlie Kinsey and Anna Smit put down 11 kills each, while Katie Reimer recorded a double-double with 32 assists and 14 digs. Katrina Jansen led all players with 16 digs. Marian showed resilience in the third set after trailing 19-16 to the Vikings by responding with nine straight points to close out the match.
Marian improved to 8-5 overall with its third straight three-set victory and sixth on the season. Meanwhile, Lawrence falls to 5-7 overall.
The first set saw the Sabres jump out to an early 3-0 lead. It would grow to 15-9 before the Vikings made a run. Kathleen Rowland tallied one of Lawrence's three aces for the match during a seven-point run that gave the visitors a 16-15 lead.
The two teams would trade points until the Sabres took a 22-21 lead with a Kinsey kill and they wouldn't look back from there. With Marian leading 24-23, Lawrence's Shannon McLain served it into the net to end the set.
In the second set, Marian raced out to a 7-2 thanks to three Smit kills. Following a Rowland kill to cut the Marian lead to 16-10, the Sabres embarked on a 9-1 run to close out the set. MU had 13 kills on 28 attempts and committed just three errors for a .357 attacking percentage. Defensively, Marian held the Vikings to a measly -.036 attacking percentage, forcing them into six errors to only five kills.
The third set started in favor of Lawrence with the visitors controlling the majority of the set. The Vikings held a 19-16 lead late in the set before the Sabres scored nine unanswered points to win it. Aileen Maier was instrumental in the final run as she totaled two blocks and the final kill to secure the comeback. Maier finished with five blocks, two solo, to go along with four kills.
The Sabres snapped a three-match losing streak to their highway 41 rivals, winning a match-up for the first time since 2008.
Marian will be back in action this weekend as it competes in the Red Hawk Invitational hosted by Ripon College. The Sabres will take on Clarke and Concordia Chi. this Friday, Sept. 21, before closing out the tournament with Lakeland and host Ripon on Saturday.